Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We know the transition from school to College can be a bit daunting and that there are many questions you may have.

That is why we have answered a selection of frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease.

If you have more specific questions, please feel free to contact us.

enquiries@brock.ac.uk   01590 6255555

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The application process

How do I apply?

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How to apply

What is the deadline for applying?

We do not have a formal deadline because we are aiming to be as flexible as possible. However, for planning purposes, we would recommend you apply sooner rather than later.

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 enquiries@brock.ac.uk.

We will need to know the name and address with which you applied and what needs to be added to 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 enquiries@brock.ac.uk.

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. The email address is admissions@brock.ac.uk

When will I hear about an interview?

You should be able to book an interview through the applicant portal. If you are unable to do this, please email the Admissions team so they can arrange it for you. The email address is admissions@brock.ac.uk

I have had my interview and was offered a place by email. Will I get a letter as well?

No. Everything is managed through our online application portal and via email. If you have any concerns, you can contact our Admissions team at admissions@brock.ac.uk

If I have applied for a Level 3 course, will I be placed onto a Level 2 course if I do not achieve the entry requirements?

Generally, yes. We will discuss your options with you at Enrolment when you have received your grades.

Can I take four A Levels and then drop one?

When students begin a course, they are expected to finish it. We do not advise taking four A Levels because the academic demands are so high. There is a big jump up from GCSE to A Level and students often find taking four A Levels overwhelming. Importantly, universities do not demand four A Levels and evidence shows that students make better progress when focusing their time and efforts on three. One option is to complete three A Levels and pursue the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in Year Two, which is equivalent to an AS Level qualification. Universities generally welcome the EPQ because it prepares students well for degree level research.

Can I complete GCSEs alongside A Levels?

This is rare and depends on the circumstances and reasons. If you mean can you combine the two levels because you did not achieve satisfactory GCSE outcomes, then the answer is generally no. However, we do offer GCSE Astronomy alongside the A Level Physics course and GCSE Chinese for native speakers. We would need to explore this in more detail according to your individual circumstances during your Enrolment appointment.

I have not received my acceptance letter yet. When will I get this?

This should come through as an email after your interview. If you have not received it and can not see it on the applicant portal, please get it touch with our Admissions department via admissions@brock.ac.uk

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 in my applications my personal statement?

Your personal statement should tell us a bit more about you. This might include your hobbies and interests, your ambitions for the future, and any work experience that you may have done.

Are you still doing a taster day?

Our taster day is called Freshers’ Day and takes place in late June. You will receive an invitation beforehand with all the details of the day’s events.

When is Enrolment?

Enrolment will be in August, for approximately a week, starting the day you receive your GCSE results. You will receive a date and time for your Enrolment appointment at the beginning of July.

If I have selected my Enrichment option already but want to change it, is that ok?

Yes, that is fine. Your Enrichment options will be confirmed at Enrolment.

Can I start a course if I have not achieved the entry requirement(s) but take the qualifying GCSE(s) in November alongside my programme(s)?

Yes, but on very rare occasions. In the past, students have been permitted to start a Level 3 course without the requisite GCSE qualifications if their overall learner profile is very strong. We will support and guide you at Enrolment, so do not worry.

What happens if I do not get the grades I need for my course and chosen career path?

You will be invited to an Enrolment appointment at the end of August, when you can talk through your grades and options. We will be able to find a course that is suitable for you, so please do not worry.

Can you do A Levels alongside a Vocational course?

Sometimes. If you mean an A Level and an Extended Diploma (three A Level equivalent), this is rare and unlikely. This is not required by universities and often does not work on our timetable matrix. However, if you mean a non-Extended Diploma (two A Level equivalent) and one A Level, this can sometimes be possible. We can discuss the possibilities during your Enrolment.

I have a question about the application process, who should I contact?

Please contact the Admissions team at admissions@brock.ac.uk

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 Resources Centre (LRC) occupies two floors and features the following learning assets:

  • Around 16,000 books, 90PCs and Macs, 45 laptops.
  • Three-hundred study places, offering opportunities for both individual and group study.
  • A stationary shop that sells products more cheaply than leading retail outlets.

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We also have:

  • A new Mac Suite in our STEM Centre for digital futures.
  • Over 40 spaces in our STEM Centre for independent study.

Will my parents be informed of my absences?

Yes. When you join, your parents will be given a login for our ‘Parents’ Portal’ through which they will be able to check your attendance, progress, and access to your teachers’ contact information.

You will have a monthly target check which will be displayed as a traffic light system, outlining your progress 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.

Will I be told what equipment to bring to college?

Your teachers will tell you about this at Enrolment. Basic stationery and paper will be enough for the first few days of term.

Are students from the Isle of Wight likely to have a four-day week?

We try as much as possible to condense timetables for students who travel a considerable distance to the College. This is usually possible, but we cannot 100% guarantee it because it depends on our timetable.

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 off.

Do you have to pay to use the gym at the College?

Gym membership is free. You will need to complete an induction and there is a timetable that shows the Gym’s availability. You can arrange your membership and induction at Enrolment.

Travelling to College

Can I receive a discount on my travel?

Under certain circumstances you may be eligible for a bursary either from the College or your local authority. Please check our travel page for more information. You can also pay in installments if you wish. There is no additional cost for this.

Is there parking at College?

We have over 300 student parking spaces. You can purchase a parking permit from BrockShop at a cost of £50 a year.

When do I find out about travel?

We will send out travel information towards the end of May. We rely on the National Rail network timetable, which is released every Spring. The most up-to-date travel information can be found here: https://www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/travelling-to-brock/

What travel options are there?

We are easily accessible by train of via our extensive college bus network.

If you can drive, we offer a parking permit that enables you to park on campus.

For more information, please visit our travel page.

Who can I contact about travel queries?

Go to www.brock.ac.uk/travel for details or you can contact the Travel team using travel@brock.ac.uk

If you need information about bursaries or financial support, please go to https://www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/bursaries-financial-support/ or contact the team using financialsupport@brock.ac.uk

Additional support

How will I be supported pastorally?

You will meet with your Student Support Manager once a week to help ensure 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 good provision for SEN students?

We have over 100 learners that hold an EHCP. Depending on your specific needs, we have a range of highly skilled staff who can answer your questions. Please send any questions by email to enquiries@brock.ac.uk and, if necessary, someone will call you to discuss your concerns.

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 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.

When can I apply for bursaries?

You can find financial support information at https://www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/bursaries-financial-support/ We will communicate this information with all applicants in the summer term. That is because we must wait for government funding streams to be announced. We will notify you when we receive confirmation.

Do I need my own computer?

There is no specific requirement to own or purchase a computer. However, some students can access funding if they and their family are financially disadvantaged. Please follow the this link for further information: https://www.brock.ac.uk/sixth-form/bursaries-financial-support/

Computers are available for use in the LRC and, if necessary, you can book these in advance.

Contact Details

01590 625555