Applying for Sixth Form College is some serious business, but there’s no need to be nervous. By inviting you to an Advice & Guidance Meeting we can give you the best possible support on choosing your college, your courses and your future career paths!
The most important thing to remember is to just be yourself. We aren’t trying to catch you out or ask you trick questions, we just want to get to know you. By getting to know you as an individual we can give you tailored advice about the college and the courses you want to study. It is also your chance to get to know us – to get a feel of what Long Road is like and to ask any questions you might have about life at Long Road.
Still a bit nervous? Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. To help make the process as stress-free as possible we’ve put together this guide so you know what to expect and how to prepare.
What to Expect – Getting Camera Ready!
To give you a high-quality virtual experience we ask that all of our meeting attendees turn on their cameras and microphones. We need to be able to see and hear you so we can have a meaningful discussion about your individual aims and ambitions. Our friendly staff are really excited to meet you and want to engage with you as much as possible, so please make sure you turn your camera and microphone on.
For all meetings you must take some time to consider your behaviour, for example, you must dress appropriately so you feel comfortable, confident and professional. Virtual meetings are no different. To make things easier for you we have listed some additional considerations for virtual meetings that you may wish to think about before your Virtual Advice & Guidance Meeting with us…
Virtual Advice and Guidance Meeting Preparation Check List:
- Allow yourself plenty of time to set up your device. Make sure you have enough battery power, you have no scheduled updates and that your camera and microphone are working.
- Consider your background; you may wish to remove personal items or put away that pile of washing!
- Background noise can be extremely distracting for you and the interviewer. Find a quiet, well-lit room to attend your meeting so the interviewer can see and hear you clearly.
What happens during an Advice and Guidance Meeting?
Our Advice & Guidance Meetings are informal discussions, lasting 20-30 minutes, between you and a member of our experienced staff; parents/carers are encouraged to attend with you if possible.
You may be asked questions similar to:
- Why have you chosen this course?
- Do you have any career aims or future plans?
- What are your hobbies and interests?
- What are your subject strengths/likes and weaknesses/dislikes?
- Are there any personal issues or difficulties that may affect your studies?
You may be given information on:
- Entry requirements for your chosen courses
- Information on your chosen courses (topics covered, assessment, work experience)
- College expectations of behaviour and attendance
- Our student support (academic support, student welfare & wellbeing, progress coaches)
- Our student enrichment activities (EPQ, student clubs, student sports teams)
- Our Long Road Scholars’ Award.
What happens after my Advice and Guidance Meeting?
Your interviewer will update your Long Road Online Services account with your chosen courses and conditional offer. You will be sent an email about an update to your Long Road Online Services Account; this update will detail your conditional offer. Once you have received this email you need to log into your Long Road Online Services account to accept the offer.
Please remember you can accept and hold a number of offers from different post-16 providers until you receive your GCSE results in August.
During the summer term, information about Long Road, including your enrolment interview date/time, will be emailed to you.
All communication with Long Road will be via your Online Services account. Please ensure you check your emails (including spam folders) regularly and update us with any contact detail changes in order to receive important information regarding your application.
The Technical Side: Setting up your IT equipment
Moving to the virtual world we now find ourselves living in has been a little daunting for us all. Many schools have been using the Scho0ol Cloud booking system for their Parent Consultation Evenings this year, so we hope that this is software you may be familiar with using.
If you haven’t used School Cloud before then don’t panic, we will shortly be sending you a detailed document on:
- how to book your Virtual Advice and Guidance Meeting
- how to attend your Virtual Advice and Guidance Meeting
In the meantime, we have outlined the minimum setup requirements in order to attend your Virtual Advice and Guidance Meeting.
You will need:
- A device with a microphone and speaker / headphones.
- A compatible up-to-date web browser:
- iPhone/iPad = Safari
- Please note, there is a known issue joining video calls using iOS 14.2. Please upgrade any iOS 14.2 devices to iOS 14.3, or use an alternate device.
- Android = Chrome or Firefox
- Windows = Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge
- Mac = Safari, Chrome or Firefox
- Linux = Chrome or Firefox
- iPhone/iPad = Safari
We also recommend…
- Using a smartphone for video calls. If you don’t have a smartphone with a front-facing camera, use of laptop or computer with a webcam.
- Using a headset (or earphones with a microphone) to reduce echo.