All you need to know about College in September
We are really excited to welcome you in September, so we have put much of the relevant information to help you get prepared for College on this webpage.
It will take you through the enrolment process, give you details about the start of term, how to get to College, what the College day looks like and give you information about the changes we have made as part of our COVID-19 response to ensure that we keep you safe when you are at College and allow us to be flexible going forward should the situation change.
If you want to change your programme or your results aren’t quite what you were expecting, don’t panic. You’ll be able to request to speak with one of our team of specialist advisors who will talk you through the options available to you.
If you want more information about travel or student finance, you’ll also be able to request to speak with one of the team too.
After your enrolment appointment
Once you have completed your enrolment appointment we will complete your details and the next day send you your enrolment form and code of conduct to digitally sign. Parents will need to sign the consent forms for College trips. Once that’s all done you are officially a student at Brock. Welcome aboard.
There will still be a few days before you start so we will send you some pre-induction activities which you will need to complete before the start of term. These are part of our ‘passport to study’ programme which will help you get to know how things work at College, and get you ready to get back to study again.
Parents, you will be sent your registration details for our parents’ portal. Please take the time to sign up – this is how we send out most of the information to you.
Induction and start of term
If you are a new student, or an existing student progressing to a new course, then your induction day will be either Friday 4th or Monday 7th September. Which day you will attend will depend on your individual programme, so we will contact you a few days before to let you know.
Normal classes will commence Tuesday 8th September.
- Induction day for beauty students studying at Ultima Academy is Friday 4th September.
- Induction day for students studying at the Marchwood Skills Centre is Monday 7th September.
- For returning students starting the second year of their course, start of term will be Tuesday 8th September.
Do I come to College every day?
We’ve changed the structure of the College day for 20/21 as part of our COVID-19 response, and will be including blended learning as part of every student’s programme. This means you won’t attend at College every day, but you will have more classes on the days you do attend and you will also have a number of timetabled remote learning sessions each week.
Almost every students’ timetable is different, but a typical student timetable will consist of:
- 1 day of timetabled, remote learning, normally on a Monday.
- Attendance on campus for classes on 2 or 3 days each week.
The actual number of days in College will depend upon an individual’s particular programme of study.
Our learning resources centre is available for students to study every day, from 9:00am until 5:00pm including holidays.
How long is the College day?
The college day has also changed a little for 20/21 and the timings for the beginning of the Autumn term are:
Brockenhurst Main Campus: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Marchwood Skills Centre: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Ultima Beauty Academy: 10:00am – 4:00pm
When do I get my timetable?
We will issue you with your timetable when you come in for your induction day on either 4th or 7th September. Returning students will be able to access their timetables via the student portal from 1:00pm on Friday 4th September.
Starting college is a big (but exciting) step, but this year even more so as you haven’t been at school since March. We know that you might be a little anxious about starting.
Rest assured we are with you every step of the way. We provide lots of support to help you settle into College. You will meet your student support manager during your first few days who will be your ‘go to’ person for your time at College and we will introduce you to all the support available to help you through any challenges you might have so you can get the best out of your time at College and settling back in after being out of school.
Getting to College
The majority of our students travel to the College by rail or bus.
Brockenhurst Main Campus
Brockenhurst railway station is about 7 minutes walk from the main Brockenhurst College campus. There are frequent trains in both the Bournemouth and Southampton directions, and it is less than 20 minutes travel time to both these stations.
Since its introduction last year, the most economical way to purchase tickets if under 18 is to purchase a ’16-17 saver’ railcard. This costs £30 and provides 50% discount off the cost of travel. These are not available through the College, and the railcard and tickets must be bought direct.
The link to the railcard website is here: www.16-17saver.co.uk
The College runs an extensive network of buses which serve the main campus. Routes and prices for 20/21 will be published by the middle of July. Full details are available on the travel section of our website here: www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/travelling-to-brock
Part of our COVID-19 response involves changes to our timetable which will mean that students will not be attending College every day. As such we will be reducing the cost of bus passes proportionately and this will mean that the overall cost of travelling to Brock will be lower as students will only pay for the number of days they will be travelling in to College.
Passes will be sold on a half-termly basis, as we will be reviewing the structure of the timetable regularly in line with Government guidance.
Marchwood Construction & Marine Technologies Centre
Changes to our timetable mean that for 20/21 we will no longer be running a connecting bus service from Brockenhurst main campus to Marchwood.
Instead, the College will operate a connecting bus service from Totton railway station for students. Marchwood is also served by local bus services, for those students living in the waterside and surrounding areas. Full details of travel options for Marchwood can be found in the travel section of our website.
Note: Students who also need to study English or Mathematics in addition to their main programme at Marchwood will do this at the Brockenhurst main campus. Access by rail is straightforward, and students can access the College bus services for travel to main site if applicable.
Ultima Academy of Health, Beauty & Complementary Therapies
The Ultima Academy in New Milton is about a 15 minute walk from New Milton railway station.
Students are able to use the College bus services to travel to Brockenhurst College main site and take the connecting train service to New Milton, which is two stops. The timing of the College day at Ultima is designed to allow students to do this.
Note: Students who also need to study English or Mathematics in addition to their main programme at Ultima will do this at the Brockenhurst main campus.
The College is able to offer financial support for students from low income households. This comes in the form of a bursary to help with travel and essential course costs. Free College meals are also available for those who are eligible.
There are also other bursaries available for adult learners and vulnerable learners or those living independently. Full details can be found on the College bursaries webpage: www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/bursaries-financial-support