Fircroft College FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) – Academic Year 2020/2021 (starting in September 2020)

When is the college reopening?

The college opened on Monday 7th September 2020.

When will I be able to speak to someone on the telephone again when you reopen?

Our main switchboard number - 0121 472 0116 - is fully operational again 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday 

If you have any questions about our courses please ask to speak to someone in the Admissions team.

Will I have to wear a mask if I go to the college?

Once arriving at the college you will be required to wear a face mask in all areas of the building other than classrooms.

We are enforcing social distancing measures of 2 metres both in and out of the classrooms and we have installed over 20 new hand sanitiser points.

After COVID-19, will the college be a safe place to study and stay?

We have put the latest recommended health and safety measures in place to ensure all students have a great learning experience and are able to focus on their studies. We aim for the college to always be a welcoming place and there are clear guidelines to help everyone work and learn together in a safe and clean environment.

We have done our best to ensure the college is COVID-secure and recommended safety measures are in place.

I haven’t been to the college before, what can I expect?

Fircroft College offers a mature, friendly and supportive environment. On your first day, even if you have been to the college before, you will be given an induction before the class starts where we will welcome you to the college, inform you about practicalities such as break times and meal times and go through health and safety considerations to ensure you have a great experience with us.  Please note that we are an alcohol-free college.

Take a look at a virtual tour of the college here.

How can I find out more information about your courses?

Please keep looking at our website where all the courses we have available, are listed for the Autumn term. To apply, please use the online application form and If you need more information about a course please email [email protected]  If you need technical assistance when applying online please email [email protected]

What are the fees?

Some of our courses are free and some include a fee structure. The courses may be free to you depending on your financial circumstances and this will be discussed with you and assessed by our Admissions team once you have applied for a course online.

Even if you have to pay fees, we do our best to ensure finance is not a barrier to learning and that our fees are reasonable.

Are meals and accommodation, if relevant, included?

Once we have assessed if the course is free to you or if you need to pay fees, all the accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as drinks at designated tea/coffee breaks, will be included and you will not need to pay extra for these things.

Are there some residential courses?

We will be running some residential courses from September onwards, but this will always depend on a number of factors post-COVID-19 that may be beyond our control. Please keep looking at our website for the latest updates about courses and the college.

Safety is a major concern for all staff, students and other visitors and have worked very hard to ensure the college is clean and safe according to government guidelines.

When can I apply?

If the course is on the website you will be able to apply for it online. Please try to apply at least one week before the course starts so that our Admissions team can process your application thoroughly.

If I apply online does that mean I can definitely do the course?

Our Admissions team will assess your application and will contact you to discuss it with you. We always do our best to try and ensure you are on the right course to match your ambitions and skills level so that you get the most from your learning experience at the college.

How old do I need to be to study at Fircroft College?

As long as you are at least 19 years old by 31st August 2020, you will be able to apply for courses in 2020/2021