Young people who have still not decided on their next steps following last week’s confusion over exam grades are being reassured that there is still a college place available at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC).

With the new academic year due to start on 7 September, the college has been working hard to enrol new students entirely online for the first time. College programmes will be taught using a mix of online learning and attendance on campus and the induction process is due to get underway next week.

NWSLC is keen to ensure that young people and their parents are aware of its offer of a guaranteed place for all those who still wish to join the college at the start of the academic year, and to remind them that it is not too late to apply.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “We understand that the last few months have been incredibly difficult and confusing for young people and this has been compounded by the chaos affecting GCSE and BTEC grades. We know that it is likely that some young people may still be confused about their options or may not have had enough time to make up their mind about their next steps.

“We have already said that NWSLC is happy to guarantee a post-16 college place, regardless of results, and we are happy to extend that offer throughout September. Our teams will work closely with young people and their parents to make their transition into further education as easy and enjoyable as possible.

“We look forward to welcoming our new students to our college community and to supporting them in their next steps, whether they want to move on to higher levels of study in college or at university, or into an apprenticeship”.

Anyone who has not yet applied for a college course can still apply online. Advice and guidance teams will be available for anyone who is not sure about their next steps. You can talk to the team live via the college website or call 0330 058 3000 to speak to an advisor.

Everyone who has applied to the college will receive a call to provide advice and support, and to help them with their next steps. Students who do not have access to the internet at home will be able to visit college campuses to use computers and enrol within a socially distanced environment.