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Careers Column 10 - Making a late summer application

8 September 2017

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo, Stroud Life and Forest Citizen, advising parents on how to help their children make the right choice for their education and future careers.

If you didn't catch it in the paper, don't worry - we will be posting the articles here on the GC news page each week on a Wednesday.

Week 10 - Making a late summer application

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Making a late summer application

By Ellie Wallace, Advice and Guidance Coordinator

Has your son or daughter procrastinated about their college application? Did they decide they didn’t want to go to college but have now changed their mind? Have their grades improved so much over the past year that they would like to expand their search? Are they looking for an alternative to sixth form?

Making a decision about what course to study at college can be easy – if you know what job or career you want, know your grades, have a travel plan, and so on. However, most students are not in this position!

If any of the above situations sound even remotely familiar, you may be thinking that it is now too late to apply for a course at college. But we’ve got great news for you – it’s not!

Gloucestershire College continues to accept student applications throughout the summer and even until the end of September, depending on the course. Plus, there is a dedicated Advice Team that can provide information and guidance on the valuable industry-focused courses available right on your doorstep in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean.

Applications can be make online at; online application enables you to easily track the progress. Alternatively, if the course is no longer available on the website, don’t panic – there should still be time to apply! Call the friendly Student Services Team on 0345 155 2020 and they will be able to help you make your application over the phone, and let you know the next steps.

Why Gloucestershire College?

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Is college right for your child?

If your child answers ‘yes’ to one or more of the following questions, then it might be worth finding out more about further education at college.

  • Are you ready for a change from the traditional school setting?
  • Can you manage your own time effectively, or could you learn to do so?
  • Do you prefer to be treated as an adult?
  • Are you interested in more practical, hands-on, rather than purely academic, theory-based, courses?
  • Do you want to study a subject related to the career you want, and      would benefit from the use of industry-standard facilities?

What else is out there?

  • Sixth form at school
  • Private training providers
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships




Young people do not have to wait until they get their exam results to explore their options. We welcome applications from people of all abilities, with any ambition, at Gloucestershire College, from entry right through to degree level.

So if your son or daughter has finished school and they are still not sure what to do next, don’t panic! Their results may not be what they had hoped for, but there are still plenty of options for them to continue their education.

The Gloucestershire College Advice Team is here to help and point you in the right direction – please don’t hesitate to call or make an appointment with them.

Alternatively, the team is hosting a number of summer advice sessions throughout September, for young people and their parents to come in and talk to them about their next steps, in order to make a positive choice for progressing their education. These take place at all campuses (Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 7 September, 4pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 14 September, 4pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 21 September, 4pm - 7pm




Below are some useful websites for advice and guidance, ahead of the summer advice sessions:

Whichever pathway your child decides to choose, the GC Advice Team is here to help. Email or call 0345 155 2020 for independent advice and guidance.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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