Can I take 4 subjects?

If your GCSE score suggests you’re able to cope with the demands of studying 4 subjects (usually at least an average of grade 7 across the board), then this can be discussed at your enrolment interview. Remember, universities are only able to make offers based on 3 subjects and it is far better to obtain 3 top grades than 4 average grades.

Can I start with 4 subjects and drop down to 3?

We want to get you on the best possible programme of study as quickly as possible. If you absolutely can’t decide on your perfect 3 courses straight away, you may start with 4, but you must let us know which you are not continuing with before October half term.

What happens if I don’t get the grades for a particular course?

You have to meet the specific course entry requirements to be accepted onto that course. Subject entry requirements are there to ensure no-one takes a subject that they are statistically likely to fail. There are many subjects that are offered as both an A Level and a BTEC Level 3 (e.g. Biology/Applied Human Biology, Business, Law) and these usually have different entry requirements – so it is well worth looking into alternative courses.

What happens if I don’t get five grade 4s at GCSE?

You’ll be considered for the College’s Intermediate Programme, which involves spending an additional year at the College. You’ll be able to take BTEC Level 2 courses in addition to GCSE resits in Biology, Maths and English. The vast majority of students then progress into the Lower Sixth the following year. See https://www.reigate.ac.uk/our-courses/intermediate-programme/

What should I do if I want to change one or more of my subject choices?

Don’t worry! It’s quite normal for students to be unsure about what to study, especially as we have around 50 courses to choose from! You will have plenty of opportunities to consider and change your options right up until your enrolment interview (and sometimes even after that!).
The most important thing is that you start at College knowing you are on the right courses for you. If you’re happy with your choices you’re much more likely to do well.

If you change your mind about what you want to study after your initial interview, and are likely to meet the specific entry requirements, you can email admissions@reigate.ac.uk and we will make the change on our system.

Can I change a course once I start it?

If you want to change one or more of your course options once you’ve started at College, you may do so during the first two weeks. This is provided you are qualified for the course and that there is space in the classes. You should discuss any changes with both your parents and your Personal Tutor.

How do I join the Aspire programme?

You will be invited to join the Aspire programme if you have good GCSE grades. This discussion will take place at enrolment.

What do you do to ensure everyone gets the support they need?

It’s important to us that every student gets the support they need, which is why we have a huge range of support options available. For example, if a student requires help in a subject, they can attend a Plus Class; or if they have a learning need, the Learning Support Department will be able to provide targeted support.

Students are taught to take responsibility for their own learning, and to ask for support, if and when they need it at the earliest opportunity.

For more information on the support options available at College, please see https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/student-support-welfare/

What do you do to help everyone settle in?

What don’t we do?! The first half term is designed to help students settle in as quickly as possible. Your Tutor will be one of your teachers, so they will get to know you very quickly. We run a Community Afternoon early on, which is designed to help everyone get to know their Tutor and other members of their Tutor Group. The Students’ Union organises a Freshers’ Party in October and there are usually lots of community and ‘pop-up’ events in the first term – all designed to help with the settling in process. You can also sign up for up to 50 clubs and activities, as well as College sports teams and DoE Gold Award.

How do you help students develop their independent learning skills?

Independent learning is extremely important at this level. Your Personal Tutor will run formal sessions about independent learning and your individual subject teachers will embed these ideas in the work they set you. You can access additional support via The Independent Learning Centre, College Mentors and the Learner Improvement Programme.

The key to success is YOU taking responsibility for your learning. If you feel like you need or want additional support, just ask for it!

I’d like to set up a club when I join – can I do that?

Absolutely. We are always looking for ways to expand our activities and wellbeing provision. If you talk to us about it when you join in September, we can support you to do this.

If I don’t get a grade 4 in Maths or English do I have to resit?

Yes. It is a Government requirement that if you don’t achieve a grade 4 in one or both of English Language and Mathematics, you must resit them until you either pass at grade 4 or higher or you have completed your study at the College. Don’t worry if you have to resit them, the College has a fantastic track record at helping students to pass.

What support does the College give to help with applications to university, apprenticeships or jobs?

The College’s Tutorial Programme is designed to support students’ applications to university, apprenticeships and employment.

In addition, the College has a dedicated Careers Team consisting of 5 members of staff, who can provide any extra information and support you may need. The Department also assists with finding work experience placements, which all Lower Sixth students need to complete.

How do I join one of the Sports Teams?

Information about the sports trials will be sent out pre-enrolment. Depending on which sport(s) you opt to try out for will depend on the place and time of the trials. For more information on the Team Sports available at the College, please visit https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/extra-curricular/

How do I get a Surrey travel pass?

If you live in the administrative county of Surrey, you can apply for a Student Fair Card, which entitles you to a reduction in train or bus fares. You have to apply directly to Surrey for this card (www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/transport/16-plus/apply), but it should be noted that applications for 2021/22 will not open until nearer September.

If you live further afield, you can apply for the 16-17 Saver Railcard (www.16-17saver.co.uk) directly from the Department for Transport.

I have a particular question about a course – can I speak to someone about it?

Yes, absolutely. You can either do this at your initial interview or email admissions@reigate.ac.uk and we will get back to you.

Will there be an opportunity to try out my subjects?

Yes. We hold an ‘Introductory Day’ after you’ve sat your GCSE exams and a ‘Choices Day’ after you’ve received your GCSE results. Information about these can be found on our admissions calendar.

Will I be able to get help for my dyslexia?

Yes – we have a team of very experienced Learning Facilitators who are able to support a wide range of learning needs. Please flag any Learning Support needs at interview. The sooner we know about them the better! For more information, please visit https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/student-support-welfare/

I would like to do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award at College. How do I sign up?

Students usually sign up to DofE during enrolment. For more information about DofE, please visit https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/extra-curricular/

I’m likely to be on the Intermediate Programme. Will I be able to start A Levels or BTEC Level 3 courses the following year?

Yes. Provided through the Intermediate Programme you achieve five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or equivalent) and meet the individual course requirements of courses you want to study. The majority of Intermediate students go on to take an ‘all BTEC’ Level 3 programme – as this usually gives them the best chance of doing well.

I would like to do the EPQ. How do I sign up?

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is delivered as part of the Aspire Programme. If you are invited to join the Aspire Programme you will find out about it during one of your first Aspire Tutorials. In the meantime, for more information about EPQ, please visit https://www.reigate.ac.uk/courses/extended-project-qualification/

I’ve heard a lot about your Activities and Wellbeing Programme – is that for all students?

Yes. Students can select from a list of around 50 different activities that take place during lunchtimes and after College. The College also runs student-to-student mentorship programmes, as well as offering volunteering opportunities. For more information, please see https://www.reigate.ac.uk/the-college/extra-curricular-clubs-sports-and-activities/ and https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/student-support-welfare/

Is there a quiet place I can do homework/coursework at College?

Yes. The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is a silent study area, and is open from 8.00am each day (term time only). There are around 90 computers and plenty of other desks available for independent study. You can also borrow laptops to use in other parts of the College.

How much homework do you get in each subject?

You can expect to get at least 4 hours of work per week, per subject, with this increasing to between 5 and 7 hours for more academic subjects.

Do Level 2 BTECs count towards the five minimum GCSEs needed in order to enter the College?

Yes, provided that they are graded at Merit or higher.

Would starting an American Football team be possible at College?

We are always looking for ways to expand the sporting provision offered at College, so we would be happy to consider it.

When will I know what my timetable is?

Every student’s timetable is individual and will be given out on Induction Day, which will either be Friday 4 September or Monday 7 September. We will confirm this to you in the coming few weeks, once the Government has published its guidelines on reopening of schools and colleges for September.

Is it possible to get a Mentor at College?

Yes. We have Student Wellbeing Mentors who can work closely with students. We also have members of the Upper Sixth, who at as Mentors to new students. For more information, please visit https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/student-support-welfare/.

What is the dress code for College?

General common sense should apply in your choice of clothing for College (if in doubt please think about what would or would not be appropriate in a workplace such as an informal office). You should not wear clothing that is excessively revealing. Its design must not display images or language which may cause offence.

Is there student parking on site?

No. There is no student parking on site. If you drive to College, you must park legally and considerately on surrounding rounds or at local car parks.

What are the start and finish times of the College Day?

The normal start time is 9.00am and the end time is 4.15pm. However, this will differ for each student, each day, depending on their timetable.

What does the College do to communicate with parents and keep them up-to-date?

We know effective communication is vital, which is why we always aim to keep the triangular relationship with students, parents and the College at the forefront of everything we do. Parents and students receive Interim Reports every six weeks (five times a year). These reports outline effort in the subjects, attendance and punctuality data and the result of the Key Assessment taken during that period. Students are then required to review these and set themselves targets for improvement, which the Personal Tutor then monitors.

We also offer one Parents Evening per year, which takes place near to the end of the Autumn Term in December. We find this is an ideal opportunity to review student progress after they have settled into their courses and the College. You will also receive a bulletin every three weeks that keeps you up-to-date with the latest information, events and the College calendar. The Principal will also write to you each term to update you on key activities. Finally, parents can login to the Parent Portal, which allows them to track important things like attendance and punctuality and access key information.

How do I pay for items in the Refectory and College Shop?

Students can pay via contactless debit card or by prepayment onto their Student ID card. Normally, we do take real money in the Refectory. However, guidelines for retail in the current pandemic may mean we are unable to do this in the short-term.

What equipment is provided?

You will need to provide your own stationery such as pens and notepads, which can be purchased in the onsite College Shop. All subject specific equipment such as lab coats for science are provided by the College. Consumables for Art and Design courses are available to purchase as discounted bundles (£30 – £40 depending on the course). Text books are provided by the College once you have paid your College Deposit in September.