Stratford-upon-Avon College strives to provide as much information to parents/carers as possible and we aim to include you in everything that we do. Please take a look at our frequently asked questions and the other information below.
16 – 19 Education
Now the education leaving age has risen to 18 and students are required to stay within education after 16 doesn’t just mean staying at school full-time; your child can stay at school, go to college, or take up an apprenticeship or a part-time training course. They can earn money and learn new skills at the same time if they want to.
At Stratford-upon-Avon College (Solihull College & University Centre) our students are treated as young adults and we show them trust with the expectation that they embrace responsibility, co-operation and self-discipline in order to achieve their desired goals and aims whilst studying with us. At all times we expect mutual respect and understanding with staff, tutors and fellow students and ask they demonstrate an active interest in all areas of learning, in preparation for making the transition into the world of work or higher education.
Parents and Guardians
We believe you, as parents or guardians have a huge role to play in providing encouragement and motivation from home in order to help get your child or ward the most out of their course while they’re with us at the College.
As well as this, we keep all parents and guardians up-to-date with progress and won’t hesitate to get in touch if we feel necessary, we want this attitude to reciprocate and encourage you to raise any questions or queries you may have about your child or ward, regardless of how far along their course they are and regardless of how trivial the matter may seem.
Stratford-upon-Avon College (Solihull College & University Centre) is a thriving, high-quality learning institution which prides itself on the young people who come here with the drive and determination to learn and make the most out of their experience, whilst upholding the high standards of mature behaviour and professional discipline expected of any institution beyond school. Together, we can ensure that every student leaves us with the brightest hopes for their futures, wherever it may be.
Results for Summer 2021
How students can access their results
On receipt of examination results from the awarding body, students will receive a text message to the mobile number held on the college system to advise that an email has been sent to their college account with an attached results statement.
To access a college email account, please follow the steps below:
- Go to hub.solihull.ac.uk.
- Click the ‘Log in with Office 365’ red button. Sign in with college email and your network password. studentID@students.solihull.ac.uk
- Select Office 365. Once open, select Outlook
- Students who have forgotten their password can either access the password changing terminals available onsite, or can use the following instructions:
- Go to www.office.com.
- Sign in using student email.
- On password screen, click forgot password.
- Enter on screen character code click next.
- Ensure I forgot my password is selected and click next.
- Enter phone number for text.
- Enter verification code.
- Enter new password and confirm.
- Sign in using new password.
Where official statements are available the team will send them out via the post ASAP.
On receipt of certificates from the awarding body they will send out via the post ASAP.
How grades will be calculated in 2021
Due to the disruptive impact of COVID, the government has adjusted the process for assessing qualifications this academic year. As a result, many exams and assessments have been adapted to ensure students are able to complete their qualifications and achieve the grades they need to progress into further education or employment.
The College has worked closely with exam boards to ensure that a range of evidence has been used to provide students with a grade that reflects their performance this year. The process of assessment and marking has also been quality assured in alignment with the requirements of both exam boards and Ofqual, the qualifications regulator.
- A-Level Results: .
- GCSE Results: .
- Vocational and Technical Qualifications: onwards (dates vary between exam boards).
If a student wishes to appeal against their grade, they should please read the Ofqual Student Guide to Awarding in Summer 2021 opposite to ensure that their appeal meets the criteria stipulated and that they are aware that their grade could potentially go up, down or stay the same.
Ofqual Student Guide to Awarding in Summer 2021:
Student guide to awarding: summer 2021
To make an appeal, students should complete this form before the deadlines stated below.
QTAG Appeals Application
- Students who have applied to university: .
- All other students: .
Frequently Asked Questions
SUAC is a single campus College so everything your child needs is easily available on our secure site. Our staff maintain a high profile across the College. They work closely with the Safeguarding team and are experienced in dealing with social and emotional difficulties. The College also has a clear child protection and welfare policy.
Some courses may require specific clothing and your child may choose to do an enrichment option or sport, which requires extra kit. Information will be sent to applicants in advance of the start of their course.
As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.
With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.
You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
Go to the CEOP website for more information.www.thinkuknow.co.uk
We have really high expectations of our students, just like any school. In order for our students to be successful they will need to be dedicated and hard working in the same way our lecturers are committed to them.
As there is a greater degree of freedom at college, for example, students call lecturers by their first names, there is no college uniform and students are not required to stay on-site at all times; we have high expectations of the level of maturity shown by students. College is a great stepping stone between school and university/work.
A typical college day starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm. Your son or daughter will have a timetable which will identify their taught sessions. However, we also expect them to be doing at least 3 hours independent study per day, and homework will be set regularly.
The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until their 18th birthday (from 2015).
This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:
- Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
- Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training
- An Apprenticeship
Our students progress onto a wide range of opportunities once they have completed their course here. We provide advice and guidance on:
- Applying to university
Yes! BTEC National Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels and are highly valued by universities, attracting UCAS points like A Levels. They provide practical skills and experience alongside the theoretical understanding and underpinning knowledge required to progress to university or employment in the chosen subject area. The qualification is scored based on distinction, merit or pass, or a combination of all three.