If you are a parent of a child who is thinking of applying to college then this blog post is for you. Helping your child apply when you’ve maybe been out of education for a while can be difficult, especially if you don’t know much about the College. Below is a guide on how you can help and things you need to know.
College has changed a lot
Courses used to be Standard Grades, Intermediates and Highers. Whilst Highers are still offered at school, standard grades have been replaced by National 4s and 5s. Courses also now have an ‘SCQF level’. These levels act as a guide toa student’s ability and level of study.
Another thing that has changed are the subjects that the College offers. In the past, colleges were only considered as an option for those who failed their exams or wanted a job in hospitality or trades. Today, our students can study anything from law to robotics. Some students can leave school, study here for three years, and leave with an honours degree in a range of subjects. In 2019 around 850 students crossed the stage at McEwan Hall, graduating with qualifications from HNC to degree level.
Attend an Edinburgh College Open Day
Come along to a campus open day to find out more about the College. We typically have open days at the beginning of the year, again in June and after SQA exam results day in August. Here you will have the opportunity to meet teaching staff and discuss your child’s abilities so that you can make an informed decision. Keep an eye on our social media channels and website where future dates will be announced.
Be positive and encouraging
As part of the application process your child will need to write a personal statement. Part of writing this statement is to highlight your strengths, which some people can find difficult. Talk to your child about their abilities and what they like and don’t like. This will help them write a personal statement that is a true reflection on them.
Help with interview preparation
Depending on what course your child applies for, there might be an interview or audition. Help them prepare by asking questions. Why do they want to study this course? What relevant experience do they have? We spoke to lecturers across the college about interviews and auditions and they gave us some great advice. Read their advice on the blog.
We’re happy to help
If you have any questions about the application process, funding or support then get in touch. Visit the website homepage and select ‘Ask us a Question’ at the top right of the screen.