These pages are for 16-18 year old students.

When you enrol on your course, we’ll ask you to do a couple of short computer-based tests in English, maths and ICT.

Sounds scary…why do I have to do tests?

Don’t worry – the tests are to help us put you on the right course. There’s no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. We want you to do the course that’s best for you. If you end up on the wrong course, you may find the work too easy or too hard. You may lose interest in study and enjoy college less. If you’re on the right course, this is less likely to happen.

Can you help me?

Yes! We’ll give you help and instructions on how to complete the tests. If you have a learning disability or difficulty, or just feel that you would like some help from a tutor before you start, please let us know. We want to support you at every stage.

We’ll ask you to do short tests in English, maths and ICT. We’ll also ask you to write for five minutes on a topic of your choice, for example your favourite band or football team. This is so we can see if you have any spelling or writing difficulties. We’ll chat to you about the results, and give you some support if you feel it will help you to do well on your course.

The results of the tests will show where you’re strong in English, maths and ICT and where you struggle. This helps us give you extra support if you need it.

Don’t panic!

Remember, these tests are to help find the best course and support for you. Your first choice of course may not always be the best choice. There may be other options to get you where you want to go!

Who are you calling a child?!

In the eyes of the law, a ‘child’ is anyone up to their 18th birthday, (or their 25th if they can’t manage ordinary life independently). So if you’re 16-18, you’ll fall under our child protection policy. (Sorry!)

There are lots of ways we safeguard students, no matter what your age. These include:

  • tutorials
  • activities
  • support from youth workers
  • advice and guidance
  • learner support.

We screen all staff to make sure they’re suitable to work with you and we can legally employ them. We also run regular Student Safeguarding and Support Groups so staff can help every single student who is at risk of harm, or who is finding it very hard to stay on their course.

Why is child protection and safeguarding important?

We want you to achieve your learning goals but your general welfare is even more important. You may be studying to become an accountant, chef, doctor or electrician, but you also need to learn how to stay safe, lead a healthy life, handle your money and develop good relationships. These are ‘critical life skills’.

What can you do if I’m at risk?

If you’re at risk of or suffering from:

  • physical or sexual abuse,
  • neglect,
  • any form of exploitation or harm,

trained staff in college will work closely with you, to protect you until you are free from risk.

I’m worried about myself or a friend, what can I do?

If you or another student is being harmed, or you’re worried about your safety / their safety, don’t keep quiet. If you feel you're being bullied at home, in college or online, don't keep quiet.

Talk to a member of staff or phone the college safeguarding helpline: 07734 884461 / 07734 884463. In an emergency outside college hours contact GMP on 101 or Children’s Services on 0161 234 5001.

All staff are trained to listen if a student is being abused in any way:

  • inside college
  • outside college
  • in the workplace
  • at home
  • or anywhere else.

They know who to refer to and will keep the matter as confidential as possible unless there’s a risk of serious harm to the student or someone else.

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways you can get involved with safeguarding yourself and other students.

Why not:

  • make the most of tutorials and activities
  • volunteer
  • use the college sports facilities
  • join in with ‘Themed Weeks’
  • encourage your friends to break bad habits like smoking
  • talk to our youth workers or tutors about managing your money or online safety
  • give us your ideas about how to make activities more useful and enjoyable?

As well as your main course, we’ll support you with tutorial, enrichment, English and maths programmes.

These programmes get you ready to apply for jobs and university, and broaden your skills and experience. Employers, universities and colleges of higher education see these programmes as essential for successful young people. The programmes are a compulsory part of your course.

English and maths

We’ll give you any support you need with your English, maths or language skills (English as an Additional Language – EAL). We’ll explain this to you during induction.

English and maths are essential skills. You can use them in study and training, work, and life in general.

English and maths are important in your career too. Employers look for a grasp of English and maths when they recruit and promote people. You can use these skills at all levels of an organisation and in self-employment.

Most of your English and maths work will be taught through your main course.