Everything you need to know about College
We know that the transition from school to College can be a bit daunting, and that there are many questions that you may have.
We’ve put together a selection of ‘frequently asked questions’ to help put your mind at ease.
If there are any other queries that you have, or things that you are worried about, please do not hesitate to contact using the details below.
The application process
I have forgotten to put something on my application form. What should I do?
If you have forgotten to put something on your application form, then you can ring us on 01590 625555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will need to know your name and address that you applied with, and what needs to be added into your application.
Since I submitted my application, some of my details have changed. What should I do?
You can log back into the account that you created to submit your application and change your details at any time.
If you require assistance doing this, please call 01590 625555 or email email@example.com.
Does Brock only accept academically gifted students?
As an inclusive College we welcome students with all abilities. Whatever your level, we will help you achieve your potential.
What should I include on my personal statement?
Your personal statement should tell us a bit more about yourself.
This might include your hobbies and interests, your ambitions for the future and any work experience that you may have done.
Can I change my subject choices once I have applied?
Yes, you can. Initially you will be invited to an interview where your course choices will be discussed and you will have the opportunity to change your mind.
You can also change your mind at enrolment once you have received your GCSE results.
If you DO wish to change your courses, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Life at College
How long is the College day?
Each working day at College begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:20pm.
There is a morning break from 10:30 – 10:50 and lunch is from 12:20pm – 1:10pm.
Where can I study outside of lessons?
Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) occupies two floors. It is open from 8:30am and features the following learning assets:
- Around 16,000 books, 90PCs, 45 laptops and 4 new Macs.
- Three-hundred study places, offering opportunities for both individual and group study.
- A stationary shop that sells products more cheaply than leading retail outlets.
Will my parents be informed of my absences?
Yes, when you join, your parents will be given a login for our ‘Parents Portal’ whereby they will be able to check your attendance, progress and have access to your teachers contact information.
You will have a monthly target check which will be displayed as a traffic light system, explaining where your progress is at and what you need to do to be ‘on track’. This will also be emailed to your parents.
Your parents will be able to keep in touch with your teachers throughout the year via phone or email, and will have the chance to meet face-to-face with them at parents evening too.
How often do I need to attend tutor sessions?
You will need to attend a 20 minute tutor session once a week. This will be built into your timetable.
Can I take time off during term-time?
We take attendance very seriously because we know it is linked directly to your success.
Therefore, we expect 100% attendance and we do not advise taking time out.
What facilities will I have access to?
The College sits within a 35-acre campus in the New Forest National Park.
We offer some of the best equipment and facilities in the region for our students these include:
- Hard Brock Café – Our on-site, two-storey social area where you can have lunch, relax in free periods and meet up with friends.
- Learning Resources Centre – A light and spacious environment for studying with friendly staff, ample books, computers and study spaces.
- Marchwood Construction & Marine Technologies Centre – Our a state-of-the art-facility offering the opportunity to learn the skills needed to enter a range of professions.
- MJ’s Restaurant – Our on-site facility used for equipping prospective chefs, hospitality staff and front-of-house managers with the skills needed to develop an exciting career in this fast-paced industry.
- Sports facilities – Including artificial turf pitches, a well-equipped gym and sports hall.
- Ultima Beauty Therapies Centre – Our dedicated beauty and complementary therapy training centre in New Milton.
Travelling to College
Can I received a discount on my travel?
Under certain circumstances you may be eligible for a bursary either from College or your local authority. Please check our travel page for more info.
There is also an installment plan option for annual and termly passes that is of no extra cost.
Is there parking at College?
We have over 300 student parking spaces. You can purchase parking permits from the BrockShop at a cost of £40 a year.
What travel options are there?
We are easily accessible by train our via our extensive College bus network.
If you can drive, we also offer a College parking permit that allows you to park on campus.
For more info please visit our travel page.
How will I be supported pastorally?
You will meet with your Personal Tutor once a week to help insure you are happy and performing well in your studies.
Furthermore, you can meet with your Personal Progress Manager at any time to discuss issues or ask questions.
We also have a fully-trained Nurse, Counsellor and Finance Officer on campus to provide assistance should you need it, plus a well-equipped Student Services department.
Find out more about our support services here.
Is there any financial help available?
We provide a free and confidential Financial Support Service to ensure you receive any extra help to which you are entitled.
Bursaries are available to students from lower income to households. Financial support could include:
- Free meals at College.
- Up to 50% off the cost of a bus or train pass.
- Up to 100% support towards the cost of essential course items such as core text books, uniforms, trips, materials fees, DBS checks and applications to university.
Find out more about financial support here.