What course is best for me?

We want you to enjoy your time at Totton College and be successful in what you do. To make sure you can do that, we’ll give you advice about which courses you can do. We’ll help you work out which level suits you best, too.

When do courses start?

Most courses start in September, but alternative start dates may be available. Check with us by calling 023 8087 4874.

Do I have to pay anything?

Courses are free for most learners. Depending on your age, you may be able to apply for a bursary to help with costs like travel and books. Bursaries are available to under 19 year olds and offer various levels of financial support. They are usually paid weekly if you attend. You may also be entitled to free meals. To find out more talk to us.

How are courses assessed?

It depends on the course. Most of the time there are assignments and a portfolio of evidence, and some courses also require formal exams or practical assessments.

Do I need any experience before starting?

Each course has its own entry requirements. You can start at any level that suits you and then move on to other levels as you progress. To start a Level 2 course, you will need to be working at Level 1 in your English and Maths. We also expect you to show an interest in the subject of your choice. Every course is subject to interview.

Can you help me find a work placement?

At Totton College, we’re all about getting you ready for work. Our centres offer work-based traineeships and apprenticeships. Every student will have the opportunity to carry out at least 30 hours of relevant work experience. As a trainee, you can spend up to six months on a work placement that may lead to a job.

What is a bursary?

A bursary is a payment to help you with the cost of coming to learn. It’s available to under 19 year olds and is usually paid weekly if you attend.

Who can I contact if I need help?

Any of the tutors at Totton College will listen to your needs and offer you help. If you have personal matters you’re worried about, you can talk to one of our safeguarding officers. You will find their contact details displayed in reception.

How do I apply for a course?

If you’d like to join one of our courses, contact us or view a list of our courses.

What is a typical day?

Life at Totton College is varied. A typical day may include timetabled lessons, a session with your Progression Coach and a free period for personal study.