College opens doors to home schooled students

College News and Communications
Friday, 15 June 2018 21:25

Home-schooled students are being invited to Bournville College to find out how they can fulfil their potential within an academic environment.

The Longbridge town centre-based college, which is part of South & City College Birmingham, is holding an information evening on Tuesday 19th June 2018 for home-educated 14 and 15 year olds and their parents and carers.

Aimed at youngsters starting year 10 and year 11 in September, the session will give learners the opportunity to speak to staff and get advice on how they can progress their education within the college, be it through taking the core GCSEs of English, maths and science or through a vocational qualification.

Anna-Marie Wood, Head of Faculty for Higher Education and Academic Studies at South and City College, explains: “There are many students across Birmingham and the wider area who, for a variety of reasons, have been home-schooled. However, as GCSEs approach, parents often decide that moving their son or daughter into an academic setting will provide them with the best chance of success.

“We have successfully re-integrated home-educated 14 and 15 year olds for a number of years and due to the high demand across the region we have taken the step to open up two GCSE groups, one for year 10 and one for year 11 which are specifically designed to help students gain the key qualifications in English, maths and science.

“In addition to the core GCSE courses, we are able to offer a fantastic variety of vocational qualifications in areas such as hairdressing, hospitality, childcare, mechanics and engineering.”

The open evening is taking place from 5-7pm on Tuesday 19th June at Bournville College in Longbridge town centre and Anna-Marie is hoping that “home learners will come along to explore the next step in their educational journey”.

She added: “We are looking forward to welcoming students and their parents along to the College where myself and the rest of the team will be on hand to discuss all the options available to 14 and 15 year olds.”