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Starting in September?

Do you know what you need to prepare for college? Got your money sorted? Worried about making friends?

We'll help you get everything ready before you start college with us.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, our Student Support and Advice and Admissions teams are still offering guidance by phone and email, if you want to speak to someone directly.

"I don't know where anything is on campus."

If you haven’t been to one of our Open Events yet, there is every chance you can still attend one this summer!

At Open Events, you have the chance to chat to our tutors and take a tour of the classrooms, canteen, shops, gym, salon, and all the other facilities before you join us. Once you've had the grand tour, you're almost set; you'll start to feel more confident and feel at home once you're familiar with your surroundings.

"I haven't got any friends who are going to the same college!"

There's a lot to take in when you first start with us and a lot of new faces: more than 700 people applied to an Activate Learning college following one Open Event! Coupled with all the new tutors and other staff then that is a lot of new people to meet!

However, bear in mind that everyone else is in the same boat and probably thinking the exact same thing as you: "how am I going to meet people and make new friends?". Well, we've got you covered with our Welcome Week activities in the first week of July. As of now, these are still going ahead, but this is under review due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we will update students nearer the time.

We also offer a fantastic Student's Union at all campuses.

When you enrol on an Activate Learning programme, you'll be invited to one of our Student Welcome Days in the summer.

Welcome Week hosts a variety of interactive sessions and icebreaker activities at our colleges. Just bring along a big smile and plenty of enthusiasm! You'll make a load of new friends before you start your programme in September.

There are also opportunities to meet new people when you start studying, within your tutor group, classes and societies. If you're still feeling shy or anxious, you can always speak to one of our Student Support team.

"I have to pay for my course and I'm worried about money."

If you have money concerns before you start, we have an array of bursaries available for eligible students. Check out our funding page for more info. Also, be sure to speak to our Advice and Admissions team when you come to collect your lanyard.

We also offer a variety of student support and learning support services. So, if you have any problems or concerns at all, just let us know. We are there to support your experience at college every step of the way.

Bring or buy your own device

As part of our guarantee to enable new students to work efficiently, whether on campus or remotely, we have set up a buy your own device scheme to enable all students to buy a laptop or tablet. We want everyone to have access to the right equipment even if they aren’t physically at college. So, we’ve teamed up with a company called Academia who can support you with buying a new device.  

There is a choice of devices available for you to choose from and the option to pay via a payment plan, so you can spread the cost. The devices are sold as bundles which includes a case and a warranty and the option to add insurance should you wish to do so. 

​ Visit our online store for more information.

For those of you who already have your own devices, you will be encouraged to bring them into college to help reduce the demand for computers in the Learning Environments. However, if you would prefer not to bring your own device from home, please don't worry, as you will still be able to book time in Learning Environments as needed. This equipment will be cleaned regularly as part of our cleaning process. 

We’re really looking forward to you starting college with us in September and want to make this transition as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions about the device scheme or anything else, please contact using our enquiry form or call us on 0800 612 6008

"What do I do on my first day?"

On your first day with us in September, please report to reception and your tutor will meet you there. You will need a pen and notepad for your first day. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some money for lunch or pack your own! We have cafes, canteens and restaurants onsite if you are feeling peckish.

"I haven't applied yet!"

We are still accepting applications!

If you haven't applied yet or are concerned about the impact Covid-19 has had on your exam results, please read our statement on the Coronavirus and how it will affect exams and applications. We have also updated our application process to make it easier for you to apply and stay in touch. 

"Ive changed my mind about my course."

Need additional advice or guidance about your next steps? Contact our schools partnership and careers teams.