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How will my child get to college?

We offer a travel scheme to help get your child to and from college. Students who satisfy the eligibility criteria will qualify for travel support in association with Arriva or Go North East.

Further Education

Will a vocational course enable my child to go to university?

BTEC students achieving good grades are just as sought after as students with good A-Level results. 95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students, including Russel Group universities. BTEC students can often be better prepared in terms of the independent studying that is required at degree level, due to the portfolio-based nature of BTEC courses. 

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Will i still receive child benefit if my child attends college?

Yes, if your child is in full-time education you will continue to get child benefit. (Apprenticeships are not considered full-time education as your child will be working for an employer.)

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Will my child receive free college meals?

All eligible students aged 16-18 are entitled to free college meals. Your child will not be identified as someone who is entitled to free school meals, they will be simply use their fingerprint at the till point and their meal will be automatically paid for.