How will I study in College?
At College your lessons are just part of the picture. You’ll need to study independently in your non-contact time, to do your own research and read widely around your subject. You will be expected to take a leading role in lessons, delivering presentations and getting involved in group discussions.
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are smaller than in main school and are typically in between 10 and 20 students. For our more popular subjects we will often create two classes so that group sizes are effective. College classes are designed to allow for small group discussion and plenty of individual support from your teacher.
How is College different to Years 7-11?
You’ll have greater freedoms in College alongside greater responsibilities. You will have a different dress code, non-contact time where you will study independently and times where you are free to leave site if you wish. College students are given greater freedoms to manage their own time but you will need to work very hard to achieve success!
What support is available in College?
We think you’ll really enjoy your College career but we can all feel the pressure when juggling our academic commitments and busy personal lives. Your form tutor will get to know you really well and become someone you can talk to. You will also be supported by Jen Jones, our full time member of staff responsible for College student wellbeing. We also have full time counsellors available in College for students who need further professional support. Importantly though, we are a relatively small College where students and staff get to know each other well, creating a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
How should I choose which subjects to study?
We offer an exceptionally wide range of subjects – including linear academic A levels as well as technical / vocational subjects which have a significant coursework element - so there is something to suit everyone’s interests and aspirations. First and foremost, you should choose subjects which you are passionate about and that you enjoy.
Be sure to look carefully at the subject specific course information on our website. If you have particular university or career aspirations, you should do some research to find out which subjects will be required to achieve success. Applicants to Sandbach College all have a one-to-one College interview where we will discuss your application in depth and help you make the right choices.
What is the College campus like?
We are very proud to have a new and modern College building separate from the main School. The College Learning Hub is the heart of this environment and is a spacious, quiet place to work with computers and printing facilities available. College students also have their own cafeteria, serving hot meals and snacks.
Will I have a say in how the College is run?
You will! We have a very active Student Union made up entirely of College students. Our Student Union meets regularly to organise College initiatives, to discuss what matters to students and to pitch these ideas to the College leadership team. The Student Union has already campaigned successfully for significant improvements to the College facilities. At Sandbach College we expect students to embrace opportunities to leadership and the Student Union is the perfect way to do this.