Here are examples of timetables to give you an idea of how your week may look. Each timetable is individual but there are some features which are common to all or many.
- A full-time programme usually comprises at least 4 core qualification courses. In year 1 you are expected to have at least 26 periods.
- Most subjects have 2 lessons of 2 hours and ten minutes a week, although some subjects, such as OCR and BTEC courses, take more than this.
- You will see your tutor once a week.
- Enrichment activities usually take place at lunch time or on Wednesday afternoons.
- The College can arrange work experience to complement your courses.
- You will have free study time - how you use this is up to you as long as you attend lessons and keep up with the work set! See the section on Independent Study.
Although the College day runs from 8.40am to 4.20pm, some students may have later starts, earlier finishes or even free days for study. For example, as you will see from the Intermediate timetable above, this student only has to attend for 4 periods on a Monday and has all day Wednesday free for studying. In the Advanced timetable, you will see that this student has English Literature until 10.50am, then has free time until 2.10pm. During this time, he could either choose to return home to study or stay at College to make use of facilities there.
Many students find it easier to think of their free periods as part of the College day and use them for independent study. The College offers free wireless access to the internet so students can bring in their own laptops to work on.