Frequently asked questions by students

We have complied a list of frequently asked questions for students and their parents below:

  • Timetables
  • Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Finance
  • Grades and Admissions
  • Residency
  • Travel
  • Student Support and Teaching at College
  • Student Work Experience

For any further queries, please contact our enquiries team.

Timetables

What time do we need to be in college?

The college day runs from 9:15am to 4:15 pm

When does term start?

Teaching will commence on the 6th September. Your timetable will reflect what days you are required into college. 

The days of the week for your normal weekly timetable will be sent out to you at the end of August, clearly setting out your college days. This is the schedule you will follow throughout the year starting in the week commencing 13th September.

Do you have a start date yet for students who will be living on site?

You will shortly be hearing from us about your offer of accommodation, once you have confirmed your place with us you will be allocated a moving in day of either Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th September. 

Equipment

Where can we find what equipment we need?

All students would of received an equipment list with their offer. You can find a copy of this below and it has listed the equipment you need for each department.

Download here

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Can we purchase this now?

Yes you are able to start purchasing your uniform for September now. 

Residence

Do any electrical items we bring e.g. hair dryers have to be PAT tested?

Once we have our residents in and settled we provide a PAT testing service on sight. We will notify you when this is taking place and ask you to leave any electrical items clearly on show so our contractor can test the items. A small charge may be incurred for this service.

Do the washing machine/tumble dryers take coins or do we buy tokens/cards to be able to use them?

We have a newly refurbished laundry room on campus that operates on a top up card system. When you join us you will be given a laundry card and instructions on how to top it up and use. 

Do you have a start date yet for students who will be living on site?

You will shortly be hearing from us about your offer of accommodation. Once you have confirmed your place with us you will be allocated a moving in day of either Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th of September. 

Do I need to book accommodation for routines?

Your routines accommodation is booked internally through your subject area and student services so at this stage, no you don’t need to book. You will have plenty of time to settle in to your course before routines starts.

When do we find out if we have a place for accommodation?

We are still accepting final applications at the moment but you will receive your offer by mid-July.

Can you please tell us how accommodation will be allocated?

We allocate our rooms according to age and gender.

Will enrichment opportunities continue to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions this September?

With restrictions easing we predict that we will be fully up and running with an abundance of enrichment activities come September 2021, including offsite trips. However, please be mindful that this is of course subject to change if the Governments predictions and advice changes. All students that have applied for accommodation will be notified of any changes related to Covid-19 via email.  

Can students go home at the weekend and will this affect their attendance?

Yes absolutely, we encourage students to visit home at the weekends and as long as you return for your next schedule lesson your attendance will not be affected.

Travel

Will students have to wear face masks on the bus?

Our college bus service will follow all Government guidelines regarding face masks on public transport. At the moment face masks are mandatory for the entire duration of the journey unless a student has an exemption. This will be our stance in September unless Government guidelines change in the meantime. (Face coverings does not mean medical grade masks).

When will tickets be available and how do we purchase them?

Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 2nd August. We are moving to a new and simpler way to purchase your Plumpton College bus ticket and all information for this will be available when our ticket sales service goes live on 2nd August.

Where can I find out the bus routes?

We review our routes before the start of each academic year to ensure they are fit for purpose. The routes, including any changes and new routes, will be published by Friday 23rd July.

The 2021 route map is here:

Bus Route Map

Example timetables can be found here - 

Am Timetable

Pm Timetable 

What social distancing measures have been put in place?

In line with Government guidelines we will be operating at full capacity. Students will still be expected to wear face coverings while travelling and a queueing system will be in place at the end of the day while waiting for buses. As always the buses remain for Plumpton College students only.

Download the guide from our transport company here.

Will students get help knowing which bus to get on when they start?

Yes, our student services team and bus operators will be available for any help required.

What happens if I am unable to pick my child up can they get on the bus on the way home, how does this work?

We cannot guarantee places on the transport system that have not been booked in advance, however, if there is availability on the day we will endeavour to make that arrangement for you. Please note this cannot be guaranteed and should be a one off course of action.

Will students need to show anything to travel?

Students will be expected to show their bus ticket and student ID card.

Student Support and Teaching at College

Will I have to wear a face mask at college?

We will review Government guidance and the wearing of face masks in college closer to term starting in September.

Will there be transition days?

Transition days are for students with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) only for whom it would be beneficial to come into college.

Student Work Experience

Do work experience forms have to be completed before the enrolment date?

No. Although, we would appreciate having Work Experience Preliminary Agreement Forms back as soon as possible so that we can contact employers and arrange to complete the College Health and Safety checks.

Don’t worry if you haven’t obtained the Employer’s signature on the form as we can get this signed when we complete our checks. We would rather receive the information early. Forms can be emailed or scanned back to us at lee.stclair@plumpton.ac.uk and alison.calamita@plumpton.ac.uk.

If you cannot find work placement is there any support to find it? Do we have to find our own work experience?

We ‘encourage’ all students to find their own work experience, but if you are struggling to find a placement, please email the Work Experience Office on lee.stclair@plumpton.ac.uk and alison.calamita@plumpton.ac.uk.

We will do everything we can to find a suitable employer.

Do we need our work placement ideas before September?

No. It’s not compulsory for you to start placements in September, as long as you complete the compulsory number of work experience hours required for your course during the academic year. 

For most courses, this is 150 hours. (Although, should someone be keen to undertake an ‘Industry Placement’ this requires an additional 315 hours, in addition to their 150 hours of work experience, and can be started on 1st August). 

You should record your hours on the work experience record sheet  - find a copy here, and get it signed off by your employer as proof of attendance.

What advice do you have about finding work experience at this difficult time?

"I am concerned that employers are limited to the number of staff working due to social distancing and maybe reluctant to have work placement students."

Most places that involve outdoor working have been keen to support students with work experience as and when they can, and employers with indoor premises are opening up to placements again.

Our advice would be to speak with potential employers and, if needs be, ask them to consider start dates later in the year. As previously stated, the required 150 hours can be spread out.

Many of our students did complete their 150 hours of work experience in 20/21, even if it was on a start, stop, start, stop basis

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