Student Services – here to help and advise you
We know that while you are a sixth form student you need support to help you reach your full potential. Whatever your concern, there will always be someone at TRC who will try to help.
If you don’t know who to contact then speak to our Student Services reception staff. They can help you find the right person to talk to on a range of issues including travel, timetable and financial help. Two Student Support Managers, two PSHE Coordinators and a Lead Progress Tutor oversee the tutorial programme and support the pastoral and academic work of TRC’s team of Progress Tutors. We also have counsellors, careers advisers, learning mentors and a bursary adviser and they can be contacted directly for advice and guidance.
Your Progress Tutor
Your Progress Tutor will meet with you regularly in whole group sessions and on an individual basis.
Your Progress Tutor will help you to:
• settle in
• meet the requirements of your Learning Agreement
• get the most out of your Study Programme and achieve as highly as possible
• plan and move towards your next steps into higher education or employment
• access advice and support when you need it
Reviewing your progress
Your Tutor will help you to track your progress and devise SMART targets to help you make continuous improvements. Your teachers will give you on-going feedback and record your grades in an electronic mark book and we hold consultation evenings for you and your parents to discuss your progress.
There is an area on the college intranet where you will find your personalised information, for example your timetable and attendance marks and percentages. You and your Tutor will use this to track your progress through the year, set targets and record some of the key issues you have discussed.
At some point during your time at College, you may find yourself questioning your motivation or ability to succeed in your studies. This could be for many different reasons and this is where learning mentors come in.
They can give you support, advice, understanding and encouragement about issues that are important to you and are affecting your work in college. Mentors are positive role models who are very good at active listening. You can talk to them about anything and they will not judge you.
Careers Advice and Guidance
When you first apply to TRC we offer you detailed guidance on whether TRC is right for you and on the implications of your choice of subjects or course. All our advice is independent and impartial – we want you to make informed decisions so that you will be happy here and succeed.
Throughout your time at TRC, careers information, advice and guidance is available from our Careers Department including via e-guidance. We also organise events and activities to help you choose your next step after College, whether this be university or work.
These events include:
An annual Careers Fair which attracts over 50 higher education institutions, apprenticeship providers and employers.
A Higher Education evening event for students and parents.
A Job Ready event to support students applying for apprenticeships or work after college, including a mock interview with an employer.
Visits from a range of speakers, including university Student Ambassadors, local employers and apprenticeship providers.
Practical help on applying for jobs, writing CVs and application forms and on interview techniques.
Help with all aspects of applying to university.
We have a great track record of providing our students with high-quality work placements that are increasingly valued by employers and universities. Placements offer awareness of the real world of work and give you the chance to try out career options as well as enhancing your CV and university or job/apprenticeship application.
Placements are an essential part of all vocational courses at college and will form an important part of your learning.
Work experience is also essential for some university courses; applicants will not be accepted unless they have some recent relevant work experience - for example primary teaching, social work and medically related courses.
If you are in one of our Job Ready tutor groups specifically for Upper Sixth students looking for work/apprenticeships after college, you will be expected to complete a period of work experience during your second year.