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School leavers
Advice for school leavers

Making decisions about your future doesn't have to be daunting. Our schools and admission teams provide information, advice and guidance to help you make the right choices. They work in schools across Birmingham to give school leavers face-to-face guidance about all courses and opportunities at South & City College.

Want to meet with the team to discuss your options? Please speak to your school careers coordinator to arrange a meeting. Don't worry if we aren’t available in your school - just contact our admissions team, who will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Get in touch with us to talk about which sort of job you'd like to have, what support is available and which course is right for you. We're here to make sure you succeed.

You might want to go into employment at the end of your time with us, move into further study or progress to higher education. You may even want to earn while you work, in which case an apprenticeship could be for you. You can ring us for a chat or pop into one of our Birmingham campuses.

For a start, you won't need to wear a uniform. (Winning.)

When you come to college, you're a student, not a pupil. You'll be treated like an adult and given the chance to be yourself. No more Miss or Sir – you'll know your lecturer by their first name. That's because we know you're here out of choice and you want to study hard and succeed.

College will feel like the workplace – except it's a really fun one where you'll find loads of new friends.

We do have something in common with school, though. We expect you to work as hard as we do when it comes to making your life a success. However, we appreciate you are still young and may need extra help and support during your time with us. Your tutors and other specialist staff will be on hand to help you with any extra assistance you may need.

Yes. College is a special experience, designed for you.

Whether you need to make progress in small steps or giant leaps, we make sure you learn at the pace that suits you and puts you on the right path.

We promote our courses in levels: - Level 3 is roughly equivalent to A-Level - Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE - Level 1 is below GCSE

We'll help you decide which level is right for you to start. We'll also check to see what help you may need with English and maths along the way.

If you do struggle with English or maths, don’t worry. Lots of people in similar situations have gone on to be highly successful after studying with us. With a little focus and self-motivation, you can do the same.

Employment may seem hard to come by – especially for young people – but do you know the difference between those with jobs and those without? The difference is skills.

Businesses need to make sure they have the right people with the right skills so they can work well and be productive. We can help you reach your end goal and equip you with the skills needed in the industry you choose to study.

We call them lecturers or tutors – and they are different from the teachers you had at school. First of all, just like in schools, they are really professional and have to gain teaching qualifications.

But they do much more than that.

As well as being really great at teaching, our tutors are experts in the jobs and industries that you are studying for. In fact, many of them are still working in the industry alongside their teaching. So you can be sure they really know what they're talking about.

This means they not only teach you the course content but can give you that special insider knowledge about how things work in the real world. They pass on the kind of know-how that will give you the edge when you start applying for jobs.

If there are things which are personal to you, and which you think may affect your decision to come to college, just ring us and we will advise you.

You may have medical concerns or perhaps something in your family life which you might think will make coming to college difficult. Perhaps you have been unhappy at school and feel nervous about what college will be like.

We can help. Just get in touch.

Just ring us directly and ask to speak to Student Services – our dedicated team of friendly experts who will answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Or simply pop in to one of our campuses – we're here to help.