Useful Links

Please find below some useful links:

GOV.UK Benefits for Families information:

https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/families

https://www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/financial-help-children

https://www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/schools-education

 

Local Charities can also offer help.  Below you will find some examples, there may be others available in your local area.

The Walton Charity

The Weybridge Charity

The Egham Charity

The Charities are not affiliated with the College and are completely independent so therefore the College has no responsibility or liability in relation to any support you may be offered, financially or otherwise. The College is however able to refer you to a charity initially if you would prefer.

If you would like us to assist you in applying or want an informal chat about any charity and what it can provide, please pop in and speak to the Admissions Department. Email us for more information: bursary@brooklands.ac.uk

Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study

You must be under 20 years old at the start of your course.

The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England.

 

You can get Care to Learn if:

You’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course

You’re the main carer for your child

You live in England

You’re either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country

Your course qualifies

Your childcare provider is Ofsted Registered and qualifies

https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

Step 6: Your annual review

The College will complete an Annual Review, at the request of the Local Authority, where outcomes and provision of the EHCP are reviewed and reported on. The College will endeavour to meet the 12-month deadline for annual reviews. However, if you are due to leave Brooklands College the following summer, your annual review will be prioritised. If you are starting out with us, your annual review will be scheduled for later in the year, so we can accurately report on your progress. If it is felt that the placement is not appropriate, then an emergency annual review will be held.

Step 5: You are now a Brooklands College student

During Welcome Week you will meet Teaching staff, Support staff and the Wellbeing Team. All relevant members of staff will have access to your EHCP to ensure that everyone working with you is aware of the outcomes and provision in your EHCP and that they are being met.

If you receive support from a Learning Support Assistant in class, they will regularly record your progress and the support provided.

If in your first 6 weeks, you or your tutors feel you are not on the right course, we will do our best to move you onto a programme of study that better suits your needs. This may result in a change to your timetable. Please speak to your tutor if this applies to you.

Step 4: Getting ready for college

Once you have accepted the offer you can expect the following:

  • You will be asked to complete the College’s Additional Learning Support Questionnaire on the website. This is your chance to tell us about your support needs and any exam access arrangements.
  • You will be invited to enrolment from mid-August. The Learning Support Team will be there to answer questions and ensure all information is captured. You will be directed to the team if we have some information missing. If you hold an EHCP and a consultation has not taken place, this will cause a delay at enrolment. You will not be able to enrol until the college has received your EHCP from your Local Authority. Places on a suitable course may no longer be available and delays in providing support are likely.
  • You must bring your exam results, confirmation of exam access arrangements (Form 8 issued by your school), and any medical information or confirmation of diagnosis that you think will be relevant to your studies. Once again, the Learning Support Team will be there to support you with the enrolment process.
  • If you have not achieved the entry requirements for your course, the college will do their best to offer you an alternative.
  • You will sign your learning agreement and have your ID badge issued.

Step 3: The right course for you

Once your EHCP has been approved a conditional offer, depending on entry criteria, will be sent to you by email. You must accept the offer within 3 weeks, or we cannot hold the place. In some cases, curriculum departments may offer alternative routes, pathways, colleges, or providers that better suit your needs and provide you with better opportunities to achieve your aspirations. All admissions are subject to you applying for and being accepted onto a suitable course, decided by the curriculum area.

If you require transport assistance to get to and from college, you will need to make a Post-16 transport application once you have received your offer, via your local council.

Step 2: Applying

All students should apply for a place online using the Apply Now button on the course you are interested in. Tick the boxes to say you have an EHCP and need support. Let us know here what your primary learning needs are.

Once you have applied, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Event or Interview with the curriculum department. The Learning Support Team will be available and you can ask any questions that you might have.

All applications are subject to the College being able to meet your learning needs and the provision outlined in your EHCP. On the rare occasions the College is unable to do this, your Local Authority will be informed and given ample time to reconsult should the EHCP need updating. It is the Local Authority’s responsibility to advise you of the college’s decision and any conditions outlined on our response. Your Local Authority will support you in your next steps going forward.

Step 1: Thinking about College

If Brooklands College is for you, let your Local Authority know in the Annual Review of your EHCP

The Local Authority will share your EHCP and Annual Review paperwork with us. A member of the Learning Support team will read the information provided to ensure that the College is able to meet your needs; this is called a Formal Consultation.

Local Authorities must submit formal consultations to ehcp@brooklands.ac.uk by 31st March, prior to your expected start date. We cannot move forward with your application until we receive this. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept EHCPs sent informally by parents/carers, schools, or other settings/organisations.

What is the Provider Access Legislation?

The new Provider Access Legislation has now taken effect and applies to all schools in England.

Download the guide below with sets out the main points that your school needs to know.

 

Key Requirements

What are Traineeships?

A Traineeship is a fully-funded education and training programme for 16-24* year olds (*25 year olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan) to build employability skills and gain valuable sector-based experience through a work placement.

Download the information sheet to find out about Traineeships.

 

Traineeships Explained

What are T-Levels?

T Levels are qualifications combining classroom learning, alongside an industry placement and they are designed for young people as an option following GCSEs (post-16). 

Download the information sheet to find out all you need to know about T-Levels.

 

T-Levels Explained

Relocating

Relocation for apprentices is on the rise, with many employers realising that in order to attract the widest pool of talent to their businesses, they may need to recruit from beyond their local area. This guide sets out some of the options for anyone considering relocation through an apprenticeship.

Download the attached sheet to find out everything you need to know about relocating for your Apprenticeship.

 

Relocating Guidance

Green Apprenticeships

It’s an exciting time for individuals thinking about green apprenticeship roles. Many organisations are now focusing on the different ways they can have a positive impact on the environment through the products and services they offer, and in turn, linking this to the apprenticeship programmes that they offer.

Download the information sheet for top tips to find a green apprenticeship.

 

Top Tips for Green Apprenticeships

How to write a CV

Many job adverts will request that you submit a CV as part of the application process. Having a CV ready that can be quickly updated is important for any new job seeker.

Download the information sheet for useful information and guidance how to write the perfect CV.

 

CV Guidance

How to write a cover letter

You should always include a covering letter when you send your CV and/or an application form to an employer.

Download the information sheet below to find useful information and guidance to help you write the perfect cover letter for your application.

 

Cover Letter Guidance

GCSE Grades

The 9-1 grading scheme was brought in alongside a new GCSE curriculum in England, which began rolling out in 2017.

Download the information sheet which explains how the new GCSEs are graded.

 

GCSE Grades Explained

Assessments Explained

End Point Assessment (also commonly referred to as EPA) is the final stage of the apprenticeship programme.

Download the information sheet below to find out more about end-point assessments for Apprenticeships.

 

Assessments Explained

Finance Information

One of the benefits of being an apprentice is that you are paid, but how does this work and how could it affect your household?

Download the information sheet to find out all the information you need on Apprenticeships Finances.

 

Apprenticeship Finances