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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between school and college?

There are similarities: students are expected to attend classes and are set homework that needs to be completed within deadlines. Students are expected to commit to their learning and behave responsibly and respectfully. There are exams or course work assignments throughout the academic year.

There are differences: there is no uniform, staff are called by their first names and students are treated as adults and have freedom of movement outside scheduled classes.

NewVIc offers a safe, calm and purposeful adult-oriented environment with an atmosphere conducive to responsible independent study and positive working relationships.

What should my son or daughter do if they have concerns about any aspect of college life?

If the concerns relate to a student’s course, they should speak to their personal tutor in the first instance. If
they feel unable to do this, they should speak to someone in student services or any other member of staff. If the concern is of a personal nature, students should approach a safeguarding and welfare adviser or the
college counsellor.

What if my son or daughter thinks they have chosen the wrong course?

Changing course is normally only possible in the first few weeks of the autumn term. If your son or daughter feels that the course is not right for them, then we will try to help. They will need to inform their tutor who will work with our advice and recruitment team and our senior managers to try and find a suitable alternative for your son or daughter, where possible.

Do students have to pay any fees?

Students pay a £50 refundable deposit. On some courses, materials may need to be purchased as part of the course. Trips and visits need a small financial contribution. Students on certain courses may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; this costs £20 (non-refundable) and is administered at the start of the course.

Does my son or daughter have to be in college even when they do not have a class?

Students are not required to be on campus when they do not have lessons but are welcome to use college facilities at these times. When on campus, they must ensure that they display their student ID card at all times.