Frequently Asked Questions
What do you offer?
For full-time students, Eastleigh College specialises in vocational courses, offering practical, highly respected qualifications that combine classroom theory and hands-on learning that employers value.
Where is the college?
We are on Chestnut Avenue in Eastleigh and there is easy access to the College from all road and rail routes in and out of Hampshire.
Do you do A- Levels?
We do not offer A- Levels however we do offer an extensive Level 3 provision, our Level 3 provision is the equivalent of A- Level courses.
Can I still go to University if I study a vocational course?
Yes the majority of our Level 3 courses do carry UCAS points so you will still have the opportunity to apply for university. We also offer a course specifically to help mature students gain entry into university.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a fixed term job, with an accompanying skills development programme that has been designed by employers in the sector that the Apprenticeship relates to.
How can I apply to the college?
To apply to Eastleigh College simply:
- Click on the ‘apply now’ button at the top of your chosen course page
- Complete the application form with as much detail as possible as this will be used within your interview at the college
- Feel free to come in to see us in the admissions departments or call us on 023 8091 1000
What are vocational courses?
Vocational courses have been developed in partnership with employers, in order to ensure that students learn the skills that are relevant for their industry. This type of study allows students to learn the technical and professional skills which will prove to employers that they are work-ready.
Do you have a travel bursary?
We have a variety of bursary’s available to eligible students, including help with travel costs
Can I do A-Levels alongside my vocational course?
No, you would make a decision to work towards a vocational learning programme instead of A-Levels if you were to study with us.
Is there an application deadline?
We do not have an application deadline however we do suggest that if you are applying for a course starting in September 2016, ideally you should submit your application from September –December 2015. This will ensure you are able to attend admission interviews and that you have the best chance of securing your first choice of course.
What happens next?
When we have received your application we will contact you by letter to invite you to an interview.
The interview usually lasts no longer than one hour. Some courses may ask you to bring a portfolio of work to the interview or a written personal statement about why you wish to pursue a career in your chosen industry. It is also useful if you bring along your most recent school report and predicted qualification grades.
Where can I find more information?
Come and meet the team at Eastleigh College at our Open Events and Taster Days. We also visit lots of school careers events and parents evenings across Hampshire so do come and see us when we visit your school, we are always happy to answer your questions.
Can I apply for more than one course?
Yes if you have not made a decision on what course you would like to study you may list more than one on your application form. We have a careers adviser at the college, who will be more than happy to go through your choices with you.
Can I bring someone with me to my interview?
Yes you can bring someone with you but there may be parts of the interview that you have to do by yourself. We are always happy to welcome parents or careers.
Do I need to wear my school uniform to my interview?
You can wear either your casual clothes or uniform if you wish.
What are the full-time term dates?
Click here to see the full list of term-dates.
24th-28th August are the colleges enrolments days. You will need your GCSE results and qualifications to enrol on your course. We will write to you confirming the day, date and time that you are due in.
Is there any financial support available to help me come to college?
Yes there are a variety of bursary’s available to eligible students. Call 023 8091 1000 and ask for Student Finance or pop into the College to discuss it with us.
Can I apply to Eastleigh College if I live outside of the EU?
Yes, fees may differ according to where you are ordinarily resident.
Do you offer student accommodation?
Only for one specialist course.
When will I hear about my college interview?
Our admissions team will contact you by letter once your application has been received, we aim to invite learners in for an interview two weeks after application.
Where can I find out more about university courses, apprenticeships and careers?
From our in-house careers advisor, your tutor or a member of the learner mentor team.
Is there financial support available for low income families?
Yes there are a variety of bursary’s available to eligible students. Call 023 8091 1000 and ask for Student Finance or pop into the college to discuss it with us.
What size are the classes?
Most classes are between 12 and 25 students.
What will my timetable look like?
Your timetable will be quite different from school. Depending on the course you choose, you could be in college between two and five days per week (approximately 16 hours, including work experience and other college related activities).