Being a Student FAQ

Here are the answers to a few questions that prospective applicants frequently ask:

Will I be asked to make any financial contribution to the college at all?

Yes. You will be asked to make a contribution of £30 per year towards the College Fund. If your family is in receipt of Income Support you are exempt from paying this contribution. Any student who may find it difficult to pay this cost should write to the Principal for exemption.

Is attendance at lessons compulsory?

Yes. You should aim for 100% attendance and there is a clear correlation between poor grades and poor attendance levels. However, we recognise that students may miss lessons for a variety of valid reasons, and all students are required to phone the college if they are unable to attend lessons through illness or any other reason.

Is there a deadline for applications?

We do not have a deadline , however some of our courses are extremely popular so early applications are advised.

How many subjects do I need to pick?

Students tend to choose three subjects or the equivalent when studying a double or triple award programme. Some students may also take on the Extended Project Qualification alongside their other studies.

What happens if I don't know what I want to study?

It is not essential to know for certain at the time of application what subjects you would like to study as we will offer additional support and careers guidance during the application process. You don't need to make a final decision until your final enrolment after you have received your GCSE results.

Can I study a combination of A Level and Vocational subjects?

Yes, it is possible to study a combined programme.

How often will I be assigned homework?

Most subjects assign homework on a weekly basis, however this will be discussed in more detail at the beginning of your course.

Do I need to come into college everyday?

This depends on the subjects you choose to study and any enrichment activities. These will determine your final timetable.

How big are the class sizes at Itchen?

Class sizes vary between subjects, at an average of 18 students.

Can I take holidays during term time?

No. You are expected to be in college throughout the term, and there may be consequences if you do take holidays during this time. For more guidance on this issue, see the full Attendance policy in Policies and Procedures, or visit Parent Information.

Do I have to stay in college during my free study periods?

No. This is one of the big differences between college and school. There will be periods during the day where no lessons are timetabled for you. You can use these as study periods and do not have to remain in the college, although independent study is recommended.

What sort of food can I buy at college? Is it expensive?

Our café iEAT provides inexpensive meals, salads, sandwiches and snacks. They also offer breakfast, hot meals, drinks and there are vending machines in the college. 

Will I need to buy my own books?

No. All books required for study will be provided unless stated otherwise at the time of enrolment.

Please also note that certain courses may on occasion require students to make contributions towards the cost of field trips, materials etc.