Connecting to College

Connecting to College is a taster day for full time course applicants. The main event takes place on:
Thursday 27 June 2013 from 9.15am to approximately 4.30pm.
The event for applicants who have applied for the Next Steps course will take place on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July 10am - 2pm.
During the day you will enjoy a taste of college life and take part in a range of activities relating to the course you have applied for. This is an ideal opportunity for you to get to know tutors and fellow students who you will be working with when you start your course in September.  It will also help you to make sure that you are on the course that is the most suitable for you. If you have applied for more than one course you will need to choose which course to attend for this event.
On arrival at college, staff wearing green tops will be available to help you find where you need to go. Tutors will meet you at the stand for your course/area close to the front of the college. Tutors will then escort you to where you will start you taster day.
Please bring a notepad and pen with you. Some applicants will be asked to bring additional items such as sports clothing. Please note you are not expected to buy any particular safety wear such as steel toe capped shoes; a pair of sturdy shoes will be suitable for workshops during this event.
At lunchtime support staff will be available to answer any questions you may have on Student Finance (travel, childcare, kit etc), Guidance (if you are not sure you are on the right course), Admissions (application status and if you want to change course) and Student Support (mentoring and learning support).
Please confirm your attendance at Connecting to College by Monday 17 June. We need to know your name, which course you are attending and if you need any additional support during the event.
Text:      07950080623 (normal text rates apply)
Call:      01325 503035
How and when will I receive an invitation?
Invitations will be posted to all current full time course applicants on approximately 7 June. If you apply on or after this date your application will be sent out to you as soon as your application has been processed.
Can I bring a friend?
This event is for applicants only so if your friend has applied they should have received an invitation.
Can I leave early as I have my school prom on the day of Connecting to College?
Yes. Applicants who need to leave early to prepare for their prom need to let their tutor know at the beginning of the event.
Are there buses available to get me to college for this event?
Arriva provide buses to Darlington from all areas. There are buses which drop off and pick up  on Haughton Road, outside the college (Route 10 Whinfield, 1,1b,X1 - Darlington - Bishop Auckland - Crook - Tow Law).
What if I need some additional support during the event?
Please let us know how we can help you when you confirm your attendance to the event.
Is the event mandatory?
Only if you have received a conditional offer of a place at college and one of the conditions is to attend Connecting to College.
We do strongly recommend that all applicants attend this event. Previous applicants found this event to be an excellent start to college life and really helped them get to know people and make friends.
Do I need to wear a uniform?
No you can wear casual clothes to this event. Some courses will require you to wear a uniform once you start your course. Your tutor will be able to advise you of costs and how you can order your uniform.
Do I need a CRB/DBS for this event?
No. Only Childcare and Health and Social Care applicants will need to have applied and paid for a DBS before or at the point of enrolment. During this event you will not be working in a placement setting.
Can I come on a different day?
No there is no alternative date.

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