Course start dates and induction times for FE courses (GCSEs, A Levels, BTECs etc.)

This page will be updated and amended regularly, please check back for up-to-date information. Most further education (FE) courses start the week beginning 2 September, and timetables will be uploaded to the Student Portal as soon as possible. You will receive your full timetable when you attend your induction.

Your first day information will be given to you during enrolment this will include day, time and location of classes.

New students:

New students MUST attend your course induction from week beginning 2 September. Full details will be provided at your enrolment and you will be provided with you full induction timetable and your return date at this time. Following your enrolment you will be able to register for access to the student learner portal where you will be able to access your full timetable. (Please find instructions on how to access and use the learner portal here once you have enrolled and have your student number).

Returning/progressing students:

If you are an existing student, returning for your next level or second year, you MUST complete your enrolment via the student learner portal. Please find instructions on how to access and use the learner portal here. Inductions for returning students will start from week commencing 2 September, please check the student learner portal for your timetable.

*More dates may be added and times/date may change – please check the page regularly for updates. 

If you are unable to locate your class/group or are not sure where to go, please go to the staff room on the subject floor, or report to the main reception on the Ground Floor.

Skills Check

Our Skills Check is an online assessment that you will complete at a computer during your induction week from 2 September.

If you have not achieved a GCSE grade D (3) or above in Maths and/or English, you will be asked to sit a ‘Skills Check’. All learners who do not achieve a grade D (3) in Maths/English will be required to study these subjects at College, alongside your main study programme.

The Skills Check will make sure you study at the right level and pace for you and will help to create an individual timetable for you. The assessment can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to complete, dependent on your skills and your tutor will be on hand to help you through the process.


Don't worry about the Skills Check. Our friendly teams will be on hand to support you through the process. If you identify that you require any learning support, you have declared a learning difficulty or disability, or you were entitled to support at school, our Disability Services and Learning Support Team will be available to discuss your needs and provide appropriate support on the day (where possible).