Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is Further Education?
Further education is the study you continue after you have left school at 16. The qualifications you pursue can be at any level and are largely designed as an alternative to a traditional academic A Level route to university or employment. Taught by professionals with up to date experience in specific fields, the subject matter can range from construction skills to hairdressing, beauty, holistic therapies, design, acting, dancing, sport, science, health, childcare, law, business, computing and so on.
- Will it cost me anything to study?
If you’re between 16 and 18, and from an EU country (including the UK), your fees are paid. If you are 19 or over, and from the UK, you are exempt from paying fees if you are in receipt of income-based benefits.
- How & When Should I apply?
Apply as soon as you know what you want to do. Some courses are really popular and will fill up quickly. Complete and return the application form at the back of this prospectus or apply online at www.calderdale.ac.uk. After that we will arrange an interview for you to find out if the course is suitable for you. If successful we’ll offer you a place—sometimes conditional upon grades you get in your exams.
- What if I need extra support?
Once at College you will be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will get to know you and will be your first port of call for support. Specialist staff and resources such as counsellors, learning support tutors and careers advisors are available to give you whatever support you need. Individual needs can differ greatly and we work hard to help you to overcome your personal challenges, be they physical or medical or should they involve emotional and mental health.
If you need it we will organise support you can rely on, by liaising with
friends, family, professionals or organisations to help you make the most of your time at College.
If you have a disability, a medical condition, or a learning difficulty it would be really helpful for us to know, then we can identify and support any needs or requirements you might have in relation to study or attending College for courses or interview/assessment. You can tell us on your application form of anything you think might be relevant. Anything you tell us in relation to your support requirements will not affect your chances of acceptance on a course and will be treated in the strictest confidence. The College is committed to supporting its learners and spends substantial amounts of its funding on learner support, helping learners receiving support in the last academic year to achieve a 98% achievement rate.
- What are tutorials?
The purpose of the tutorial system is to make sure you get the most out of your time at College and to support your learning.
Your development is regularly reviewed. You also have group tutorials to cover personal development, careers education and action planning. You will regularly review your own progress through self-review and with your personal tutor, allowing you to set objectives to help you to achieve your goals. Your personal tutorials will also help you develop your CV, consider career or university options and develop your ability to assess your own performance.
- Will I get homework?
We expect you to take more responsibility for your own learning than you may have been used to and to spend time while at College working on assignments on your own or in small groups. Although depending on what you are studying, not all self-guided learning will be of an academic nature. You may need to spend some ‘homework’ time researching on the internet or working in College on a particular project. For instance, Performing Arts learners may want to rehearse outside of normal course hours. The more work you do at College, the less you’ll need to do at home!
- How often will I need to come to College?
It really depends on your course, but most full time students will be in College a maximum of four days per week. The timetables allow time for personal study and also for part time jobs, which we know are important. It’s also important that you attend College regularly and your tutors will monitor attendance to help keep you on track with your studies. In some areas, especially academies, attendance determines your access to additional enrichment programmes.
- Can I work part-time as well as studying full time at College?
Yes, we appreciate that learners sometimes need to support themselves financially with part time jobs. We would recommend working no more than 10 hours per week alongside full time study. Learners who find themselves in financial difficulties can get confidential advice on financial assistance from Student Services.
- What do your students do when they have finished their course?
Many learners go on to university or further study here at Calderdale College, or into successful careers in their chosen field. In some subject areas you can study right up to degree level at Calderdale College, degrees are awarded by partner universities, Bradford University, Huddersfield University and Leeds Beckett University.
- Why do you have security?
Unlike when you’re at school, outside of class College learners can come and go as they please and therefore we ask that you show your learner ID card on entering the building so that we can identify those people who are not learners of the College and ask them to sign in as visitors. This also allows us to adhere to health and safety policies. The College has many CCTV cameras in and around the buildings on the main site and at other locations. You can feel secure in the knowledge that these are monitored 24/7.
- What if I don’t get the grades?
We have courses at all levels so we should be able to help you find a suitable course. If we make you an offer and you don’t achieve the grades you need, you will be able to discuss your options at your enrolment session or you can come to our Results Day Service. Our services are open to anyone on GCSE and A Levels results days for advice and guidance.
- Who do I contact when I need to speak to someone within Recruitment?
You can ring the HR office on 01422 399311.
Alternatively you can email the HR Unit at email@example.com.
- I have submitted an application form when will I hear back?
All candidates will hear back via phone or letter within 2 weeks of the closing date. At busy periods this will be around 4 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us within 6 weeks, you should presume your application has been unsuccessful.
- If my application is unsuccessful can I get feedback?
Feedback is provided by the recruiting manager/head of panel. This will be detailed in your letter and you can make contact via the Main College Switchboard.
- I already work here do I need to complete an application form when applying for a job?
Yes. To ensure consistency and equality of opportunity all candidates have to complete the standard College Application Form.
- Can I submit my CV as an application?
No. Please read the recruitment process.
- Will I have to have a CRB check if successful?
All successful candidates have to undergo an enhanced CRB check. Previous disclosure certificates cannot be accepted.
- Will I have a test at interview?
Some job roles require either a presentation or a basic IT test to demonstrate your ability to follow instruction and to gain an understanding of your knowledge level.
- If I have missed the closing date for a vacancy, can I still submit my application for consideration?
Once the post has closed the online system will automatically pull down the advert and as such late applications are not accepted.
- How do I apply for more than one position?
You need to submit a separate application for each post.
- How soon can I expect to hear the outcome of my application?
Shortlisting can take some time, and can vary from post to post. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of the closing date you can presume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
- How do I know my application has been received?
If you have applied online you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.
Due to the large volume of applications we cannot acknowledge all applications however if you submit your application via post and wish to enclose a stamped addressed envelope then we will acknowledge receipt.
You can also ring us on 01422 399311 to check we have received your application.
- I don't have access to the Internet, how do I apply?
We would like to encourage online applications, the internet can be accessed for free at many locations including libraries and the Job Centre. If you would still like to complete a postal application please contact HR.
- Can I claim expenses if I am invited for an interview?
The College will reimburse travel and accommodation (not car mileage) expenses for interviews when travelling outside of West Yorkshire, but all receipts must be attached and a form requested at interview.
- I cannot make the time/date of the interview. Can I rearrange?
In some circumstances we may be able to re-arrange your interview however this is dependent upon a number of factors and may not always be possible. You need to contact the HR Unit in this instance.
- When will references be taken up?
References will only be requested for the successful candidate.
- If I am not selected for an interview for a position I applied for, may I reapply for the position?
You may only apply for positions that are currently available. If the position happens to re-open at a later date, you may submit a new application at that time.