Going to College can be a daunting experience. But don't worry; the College has a strong reputation for the level of advice and support that is available to learners.
The quality of the College's advice and guidance support is such that the College was awarded the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Gold Standard Award, Customer Service Excellence and Matrix Accreditation for its information, advice and guidance services.
Discover more about the advice and guidance service that is available before you start college, during your time at college and when you are preparing to progress to higher study or employment.
You can speak to a Connexions adviser who will listen, give advice, information, support and practical help on lots of topics. It could be anything from careers advice through to relationships, college or home problems. The service offered is confidential, reliable, helpful and is already making a real difference to the lives of young people
Can I get impartial careers advice and guidance?
During term time, you can drop into the Learning Resource Centre on Tuesday or Thursday between 12.30 - 1.30pm for help with quick queries and to make an appointment for a longer guidance interview. This service can also be accessed by email, telephone or at the request of the course manager. The adviser has professional qualifications in careers guidance and offers a confidential, independent and impartial service to students and their parents/carers.
How will I get to know about job vacancies?
The Connexions adviser work in partnership with College staff making sure that information about employment, training and learning opportunities and vacancies are circulated via email and displayed on notice-boards.
Can I get information about writing CVs and applying for jobs?
YES - you can get assistance with all aspects of job search and applications to build on the learning experiences that take place within the courses.
Our 'one stop shop' team provides advice and guidance and is located centrally within the main building. The team provides the very best service before you start College and during your time with us, We can help with your enquiries, application and enrolment processing and deal with financial issues, accommodation or transport concerns.
Every student has a course manager or personal tutor who is available to give advice and support, both formally through the tutorial system and informally through our 'open door' policy.
We get asked many questions and aim to give you all the answers - but here are some of the more frequent ones:
How long does it take for my application to be processed?
Normally you will receive an interview date with 10 working days of your application being received at Bishop Burton.
If I want to apply for two different courses can I use one application form?
YES - you can use the same application form providing you indicate your choices clearly. We will arrange your interviews to take place on the same day wherever possible.
When will I found out if I have a place at Bishop Burton College?
Once you have been interviewed, we will send you an offer of a place within 5 days.
When will I receive my details regarding the start of my course?
You will receive a joining instruction pack from us in late July. It includes a temporary id badge; items you will need for your course; financial information; term dates; bus timetables and of course, the all important enrolment date.
Is there a College bus I can get and how much does it cost?
YES. If you are a Full Time Student on a Further Education Course we do have college buses and there is no cost to travel on them. All you need is 2 passport photographs and a completed transport request form which will come in your joining pack
Will I be able to live on Campus and what are the costs?
If you live more than 20 miles from the college and following a course that has early morning duties or weekend, then you may be able to live on campus. The cost of living on campus depends on the type of room you choose.
Will there be any financial help available to me?
Yes the College does have a Learner Support Fund for students who may need additional financial support.
What happens if I change my mind before the start of term?
We understand that sometimes this may happen. Whilst we would not want to lose you as a student we respect your decision. All we ask is that you contact the college and let us know you will not be taking your place.
Why do you have a Chaplain?
We believe that the presence of the chaplain on campus provides a different source of support. Our chaplain comes from a background in youth work and is very familiar with supporting the needs of our students.
What if my belief is not Church of England?
The chaplain will support everyone and ensure all requirements are met
Can I get to a church each week?
The chaplain will assist you with getting to your place of worship. She is on site twice a week and is knowledgeable on all religious requirements
- 98% of the enquiries we receive electronically are replied to within one working day.
- 98% of telephone calls are answered within three rings.
- 95% of applications are given an interview within ten days.
- 96% of all interviewees are offered a place within five working days of their interview taking place.
- The Learner Services have processed 2,978 applications so far this year.
- The Learner Services staff have been successfully re-assessed for the Matrix Standard award for Advice and Guidance for the 3rd time.