If you weren’t able to join our virtual event or if you wish to watch any parts again, the presentation and Q&A sessions are now available on-demand via the links below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When do applications open?
A: The SCG application form will open on 13 October with our first Virtual Open Evening.
Q: When do I need to have made an application by?
A: At SCG we recommend getting your application in to us by February half term to have the best chance of getting a pace on your preferred course(s). We do however continue to accept applications through to August.
Q: When do I need to apply for an apprenticeship by?
A: It varies and there are no general deadlines. You can be contacting training providers from this term and start looking for vacancies - but it's an ongoing process. You can find more information here. Vacancies are live and often have their individual start date indicated. Some companies such as engineering open up in November for September.
Q: Can I choose different subjects from each campus?
A: For SCG A levels yes you can choose subjects based at either English and/or Welsh Bridge campuses and your timetable will accommodate this. Our vocational courses at London Road will all be based on just based that campus.
Q: Can I take more than one vocational course?
A: No, one of our vocational courses is a full-time study programme.
Q: Can I do a BTEC course and A Levels at the same time?
A: Not normally, as the BTECs are designed to be full-time (as is a set of 3 A Levels). There may be exceptions but you would have to enquire directly - these might include Health & Social Care + Biology for example. But for most people, one or the other is plenty! Or you can take CTECHs at English or Welsh Bridge alongside 2 A Levels.
Q: Is it possible to take 4 A levels?
A: Yes - if you have a 7-9 GCSE grade profile. It's not necessary for anything and is a LOT of work so be careful!
Q: Can I take just 2 A levels?
A: You have to do 3 A levels in order to be a full-time student. If you choose a vocational course then you choose one subject.
Q: Where can I find out what qualifications I need to study certain subjects?
A: If you have a look at our prospectus pages and the website you will be able to see what grades each of our courses need.
Q: What should I do if I have no idea of what we want to study. Is there a specific option that if good for most jobs?
A: Not really. Don't think about jobs, think about YOU and choose what you will enjoy and do well in. You can access careers advice in school or as part of your interview with us.
Q: How are the courses filled? Is it first come first served, or is it the students with the best marks?
A: Neither really, we keep taking people until courses are full. This tends not to happen until near the start of term - but don't leave it late as applying after May can mean you are on a waiting list.
Q: Do all courses require an interview?
A: Yes, but its more of an informal chat about what you have applied for, what your aspirations and plans are, and making sure that you are on the right path.
Q: When is the 2021/22 prospectus due out?
A: It’s available online now.
Q: How did your students carry on their learning during lockdown?
A: Mixture of using online teaching through Microsoft Teams, emails and Moodle (our virtual learning environment). It varied between teachers/subjects but generally worked well. Students were able to come in and safely take practical elements where necessary.
Q: Will this presentation be available to watch again?
A: Yes, if you use the same link that you had to join the live event you can watch again whenever you want.
Q: When do schools give out the formal predicted grades?
A: It depends on when they do mock exams with you, but generally you get them in December or January.
Q: How many hours of teaching do students get per week? How many days?
A: As a full-time student you generally study 15 hours per week and then need to do study in your own time. A level timetables are over 5 days and vocational 3-4 days.
Q: How do you join extra curriculum activities like dance?
A: Check out our Enrichment prospectus at the exhibition and/or website.
Q: Can I change my course once I've started it?
A: This is only possible if there are spaces on the course you want to move to. The best approach is to attend Tasters so you know what course you like and then you aren't putting yourself in a position of missing out.
Q: Will tasters be able to go ahead in current CV19 times?
A: Yes they will be, we are just working through how these will be delivered and information will be shared with schools and on the website.
Q: Will there be opportunities to look round the college in small groups?
A: We are looking at dates that we can accommodate some small groups, this will be shared with schools and put on the website.
Q: What kind of study spaces are available?
A: We have Learning Resource Centres at each campus and that host our library and PC resources also dedicated Quiet Study areas for you to work in when you are not in lessons.
Q: Do I have to go and find my own Work Placement if it’s a required part of the course?
A: We will find your placements for you though the great links The Agency have with local employers. However, if you have a place you particularly want to work or have spoken to we will be able to get in touch with them and make all the appropriate checks to ensure you have a safe and positive experience time with them.
Q: What precautions have you put in place on your campus in regards to Covid19?
A: We have extensive measures in place across all of our campus that go beyond the standard government requirements for education settings and you can find more details on them here and here.