Post-16 Provider Open Days and Evenings 2016-2017



BTEC Diploma Open Evening (FE)

26th June 4:30-7:00pm

These Open Evenings are specifically designed for students who are interested in studying Diplomas in Sport/Outdoor Adventure, Uniformed Public Services, Equine, Animal Management or Agriculture/Game. If you are interested in Veterinary Nursing please ensure that you register for the next University Open Day rather than the BTEC Diploma Open Day.

We strongly suggest that you come and view our unique facilities and be amazed by our outstanding 360 hectare campus, set in the heart of the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

You will have the opportunity to tour around the campus, receive subject specific talks and take part in Q&A sessions with our academic teams, gain a valuable insight into the financial help, student learning and welfare support that is available and view the range of onsite accommodation we have to offer.

Please book early to avoid disappointment as places at these events are limited. If you are unable to register we cannot guarantee you a place.

You will be sent a reminder email one week before your visit which will include details of your allotted time slot.

  • Age Range: 14-16
  • Subjects: Agriculture, Animal Management, Equine, General Sport, Specialist Sport, Outdoor Adventure, Uniformed Public Services.

To book a place, go to:


Hartpury College
Hartpury House
GL19 3BE

Exploring Careers: Y8 – Information for Parents

This term, Year 8 and their tutors have been invited to attend the Careers Area, in the Learning Resource Centre, to find out about Careers at The Dean Academy during tutor time. We have shown them our dedicated Careers Room and let them know what they can access when they visit.  Mrs O’Regan met the students and talked then through the different ways in which they can access information, support and guidance.

Students are now invited to return to explore the Careers Room in their own time at allocated break and lunch times which are exclusively for Y8 only during the week commencing Monday 23rd May.   This will give them the chance to meet our new Careers Ambassadors and visit in an exclusive Year Group Only time.

Tutor Time Activity:

After half term, students are invited to familiarise themselves with Kudos, our Careers software package. Again, this is presented on a carousel basis for tutor groups at tutor time.

Students will set up their username and password.  Once they have these, they can access Kudos anywhere, anytime.  They can access from home too!

The next activity that Y8 may be interested in will be the Careers Fair in the Autumn Term.  Attending this event will help them make decisions ready to make their options choices in the Spring Term of Year 9.

If you have any queries, please email

GlosCol Taster Day Trip Y10 – 22.6.16

Gloucestershire College have invited our Year 10 students to attend a taster day at their Five Acres Campus on Wednesday 22nd June from 9.30-2.30pm.

The day will include a welcome talk from the site principal, the chance to see the facilities, a tour of the campus two course tasters of their choice. A BBQ lunch and transport are also being provided. Buses will leave from the school at 8.45 and students will arrive back in time for their usual buses home from school/collection.

The itinerary for the event is as follows:

9.30am Arrival & Welcome in Theatre
10.00-12.00 Taster Session 1
12.00-12.45 Lunch
1.00-2.00 Taster Session 2
2.15pm Departure

Students will be required to choose their taster session from the following subjects:

  • Health & Social Care/ Early Years
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Business & I.T
  • Art & Design
  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Sixth Form
  • Outdoor Adventure

If you would like your child to take part in this free event, please complete the permission slip and medical form along with the leaflet from GlosCol and return all forms no later than Thursday 26th May.  Taster sessions are being allocated to students by GlosCol staff over half-term and students who return leaflets after the deadline cannot be guaranteed their choice in taster sessions. Letters have gone out to students today (20.5).

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College/Sixth Form Interviews: What to Expect

Why is an interview important?

An interview is a chance for you to meet with someone who represents the college. It’s a great way to show your interest in the college, to start a relationship with people there and to show what you’re all about.

Interviews vary according to the type of course, but there are some standard questions you should be ready to answer:

  • What do you know about the subjects you are applying to study?
  • Why are you interested in these subjects?
  • Why do you want to attend this college/sixth form in particular?
  • What can you contribute to this college/sixth form?
  • What extra-curricular activities do you currently do?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • Have you ever done any volunteering?
  • What activities do you find most rewarding?
  • What is your favourite book?
  • What do you want to do after leaving college/sixth form?
  • What careers are you considering?
  • What makes you more suitable for the course than another applicant with the same grades?
  • What do you think will be your biggest challenge?
  • What 3 adjectives best describe you?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

These may all seem pretty basic – but they’ll help open up a discussion and let you show the interviewer how well you’d fit in the course.

Ideas for Answers

Talk about what you’ve learned about the college/sixth form and why you feel it’s the right place for you. (Remember that you have to research a college/sixth form ahead of time to answer this type of question well.  Going to an open evening is a good start!) Discuss your extra-curricular activities and achievements that show your character.

Give examples of how your chosen adjectives describe you. Talk about how you’ve used your strengths to accomplish something. Talk about how you overcome your weaknesses. For example, you can say, “I have a hard time learning new languages, so I set aside more time to study them.”

Think about the why: Why are those activities the most rewarding? Why is a book your favourite? If you have a career in mind, talk about why you’re interested in the subjects you have chosen. Discuss how you think college/sixth form can help you meet your goals. Be sincere and honest in your answer — don’t say things just to impress the interviewer.

Extra Tips

Robert Allan, a depute faculty head at Cumbernauld College, says a successful interview often comes down to attention to detail.

‘Things like being on time, bringing along supporting documents and even appearing interested in what I’m saying are all noted,’ he says. ‘Be aware of the little things – even offensive language in your email address!’

Have a conversation. Don’t try to memorize a script.

  • Ask questions. Do express your interest in the college/sixth form.
  • Be yourself. Don’t try to answer questions based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear.
  • Prepare. Do practice interviews with friends or family. Take turns asking questions.
  • Dress Smartly. Your appearance is part of your first impression.  Dressing smartly shows that you are taking the process seriously and it is important to you.

What’s expected of you

The interviewer wants to see that you’ve thought about all aspects of college/sixth form life. You could talk about things like meeting new people or how you’ll adapt to the change between school and college.

They also want to hear you talk honestly about your choices and achievements. If you didn’t get the result you wanted in a certain exam, you can talk about why that happened and what you’ve learnt from it.

Bring along evidence or documents to show what you’ve achieved, such as exam results or examples of work that you’ve done – anything that says a bit about who you are.

Just ask

If you’ve got questions, don’t be shy! It shows that you’re interested.

Carla Gethin, a department head at City of Glasgow College, says, ‘We understand that you will have hopes for your future so don’t be afraid to ask whether the course you are considering can help you with those goals, even if they are a few years away.’

Remember, the interviewer is not trying to trick you. They just want to hear that you have the maturity to take the next step in your studies and are making the right choice.


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