Online application system proves popular with students

 The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College Deputy Principal Mike Hill in a computer suite at the college campus in Leek Road.
The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College Deputy Principal Mike Hill in a computer suite at the college campus in Leek Road.

The launch of an online application system at The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College has led to a flood of new students seeking places.

More than 600 applications have been received electronically since the new admissions system was launched via the college website – www.stokesfc.ac.uk – earlier this month.

Deputy Principal Mike Hill, said the system was one of many steps the college was taking to make the Sixth Form College as easy to access as possible for students from Stoke-on-Trent and beyond.

He added:

“We are always looking at ways we can make both the Sixth Form College and our courses more accessible to students, from improving our student parking and cycling facilities to putting more course materials online so our students can access them whenever they want and wherever they are.

“Having an online application system means everything can be done at the touch of a button, there’s nothing to get lost in the post and they can expect a speedy response from us.”

However, he added that the online application system would not replace face to face meetings with applicants to ensure they get the right personal support to consider all their learning options.

“We always make sure we meet potential students face to face so we can build the right program to meet their needs, as some of our students are carers for example.

“We can build our timetable around them as we offer 60 subjects to choose from in a wide variety of combinations, so we can be really flexible.”

With an Open Evening on Wednesday (February 3rd) the college is expecting another influx of applications, and students considering coming to the Sixth Form College are still being encouraged to apply even if they intend to start a course in September.

Potential students are being encouraged to come and find out more about the Sixth Form College and enjoy a tour of the campus in Leek Road at an Open Event on Wednesday February 3rd and on Wednesday April 20th between 5pm and 8pm.