We’re so excited to welcome our new and retuning students to our countryside campus in the autumn term. Starting life at college is a big step and can feel daunting, especially this year. So we’ve collected all the information you’ll need to help you feel prepared for joining the Sparsholt College community in September. We hope you find this information useful, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re here to help!
When you arrive on campus you will find that we continue to have numerous safety measures in place to keep our college community safe, such as one-way systems, extra cleaning, hand sanitising. If you’re using College-arranged transport, we ask you to wear a mask/face covering to be able to travel. We are asking students to continue to wear masks on campus in indoor communal spaces such as corridors and in catering outlets prior to taking a seat. You may also be asked to wear face coverings in some classroom environments at the discretion of our lecturing staff. We will review our safety measures again prior to Half Term in October.
For the latest information on Coronavirus, please view our updates page here.
We will remotely auto-enrol as many of our applicants as possible, meaning that most will have no need to come onto campus until term starts in September. Those of you we do need to see will be able to come into college in small numbers and complete your enrolment.
In the week commencing August 9, you will receive an email from the College giving you a link to a web page where you can record your GCSE grades. Please complete this as soon as possible after you receive confirmation of your grades, so that we are able to progress your enrolment. You will then be advised whether we can process your enrolment electronically (meaning you won’t need to come into college until term starts) or if we feel you would benefit from a face-to-face enrolment interview. All on campus interviews for new students will observe social distancing guidelines and be scheduled on an appointment basis in the week following GCSE results.
Please be reassured that any applicant who does not achieve the grades required to meet the conditions of their offer will have their application reviewed, taking into account the grades awarded, prior achievement and references from their teachers, before a final decision is made.
Receiving your GCSE results this year? Check out all the options for your next steps! From work based training, to university, to going straight into work. Explore which path is right for you at: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/examresults You can speak to a professional careers adviser for free and impartial info and advice via the webchat, or call the National Careers Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900, open weekdays 8am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 5pm.
We’re looking forward to welcoming our new Residential Students to their term-time home on Tuesday September 7. This will be followed by a residential Induction on Wednesday September 8, where we will offer support, guidance and information whilst you settle into your accommodation.
You can find more information about moving in here.
College orientation for students starting a new course will take place on Thursday September 9 and Friday September 10; once you have been enrolled you will recieve written confirmation of which date your induction will take place.
When you arrive on campus for your first day there will be lots of staff on hand to guide you to your induction and first lessons.
Your Induction day will involve meeting your new classmates, your lecturers, and support teams and your Progress Coach. You will be introduced to and shown how to use the college systems and be given your timetable.
Each course at Sparsholt requires certain clothing and PPE – make sure you’ve purchased the right clothing for your course! Find out more here.
If you have booked a campus bus pass the bus driver will know you’ll be travelling, and you’ll get your ID badge and pass for future journeys on your first day on campus.
If you have booked a train or bus pass you will need to pay to travel on your first day, and your pass will be ready for collection when you arrive on campus
Should you have any further queries, please email our Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be pleased to assist you.
Sparsholt College’s highly experienced Student Wellbeing Team offer specialist advice and support for any obstacles life throws at you. Our team includes specialist wellbeing practitioners, counsellors, and nurses that are dedicated to listening and empowering you to resolve any challenges you might face. If you’re feeling worried, need some advice, or just need to talk, we’re here to help.
Find out more here.
At Sparsholt College we do everything we can to make sure that you have a plan of what you want to do once you leave. This may include progressing onto university, an apprenticeship or continuing into full time employment. Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students, enabling you to make informed career decisions.
Find out more here.
Our exciting new enrichment programme, Study Plus, is a fantastic opportunity to further your current interests or develop new ones through clubs, societies, social events and activities for both our residential and non-residential students. The programme will be split into four pathways; Explore+, Active+, Skills+, and Creative+ – so there is something for everyone to enjoy! Come find out more about our broad extra-curricular offer at our Freshers’ Fair event on the week commencing Monday September 20.
If you are aged 16-19 years old and undertaking a Level 3 land-based vocational course at Sparsholt College, then you will undertake a compulsory industry placement as an integral part of your study programme with us.
Our Industry Placement team have put together a resource and guidance pack to help applicants and students source their own Industry Placements which can be viewed here. Please be sure to also complete our Profile Form send it to the Industry Placement team on email@example.com