FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This section contains questions we are often asked. The questions are divided into general categories.

  • Category: Online Applications

    The following questions are available in this section:

    • I have forgotten to put something to my online application form. What shall I do?

      I have forgotten to put something to my online application form. What shall I do?

      If you have submitted your application and have forgotten to include something important, please just email admissions@psc.ac.uk or call on 01962 857555 to let us know what you want to change. Please include your full name and date of birth in your email.

    • Since I submitted my application, I have been given some new predicted grades. What shall I do?

      Since I submitted my application, I have been given some new predicted grades. What shall I do?

      We would like to see your new predicted grades.

      Please either send a copy of them to us in the post (Admisisons, Peter Symonds College, Owens Road, Winchester, SO22 6RX) or email them to us admissions@psc.ac.uk. Please remember to state your full name and date of birth. Alternatively, remember to bring them with you to your interview.

    • There is something that I want to tell you, but I can't find a space for it on the application form. What shall I do?

      There is something that I want to tell you, but I can't find a space for it on the application form. What shall I do?

      If there is some important information that you wish to tell us and there is no suitable place to add it to your application, please either call us on 01962 857555 or email admissions@psc.ac.uk

    • What do I include in my personal statement?

      What do I include in my personal statement?

      Please tell us more about youself - any ambitions you have for the future, your hobbies and interests, and any work experience you have done.

      You may produce a personal statement at school this term. If you do, you can post it to us or bring it along to your interview.

  • Category: My Studies

    The following questions are available in this section:

    • Do I have to attend registration every day?

      Do I have to attend registration every day?

      We do not have registration at the start of each day. Registers are taken electronically in every lesson. Your tutor will have the details of your attendance each week and so, if you are absent from a lesson, they will follow this up with you. Your parents can check your attendance via the parent portal and you will be able to see your attendance record via the student intranet.

    • How many subjects can I take?

      How many subjects can I take?

      Generally, those students who have qualified to study an A level programme will study three subjects, or the equivalent BTEC course, in the lower sixth and continue with these into the upper sixth. A levels are examined at the end of the two year course

      Occasionally, our extremely able students decide to study four subjects in their first year. .

      Students who are taking BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, who have a strong GCSE profile, may be able to study one A level subject alongside this course.

      Students studying BTEC Diploma in IT, Business and in Sport will probably be taking an A level subject alongside these courses.

      Students taking the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate in IT, Business, Music Technology or Performing Arts should consider taking two A level subjects alongside these courses.

      For those students on our Level 2 programme, there are a variety of options. Please see the course details for more information.

    • What will my timetable look like?

      What will my timetable look like?

      For each of your chosen A level subjects you are taught for five lessons a week. A lesson lasts for 55 minutes. In addition to this, you have two sessions with your tutor and tutor group a week; each tutorial session is for thirty minutes. You will also have a regular one-to-one review with your tutor.

      All students are required to attend regular subject workshops, the Symonds Lecture Programme and to register for a class from our Enrichment Programme.

      Our normal college day is from 8.30 a.m. until 4.35 p.m.

      You will have several study periods throughout the week. During these periods you do not have to remain on the campus. If your timetable does not begin until later on in the day, you do not need to arrive on campus until then; equally if your timetable finishes before the end of the day you are free to go. However, you will be set an extraordinary amount of work to do in your own time – between four and five hours per week per subject – so it is best to use this time wisely in our Learning Resource Centre!

      Every student’s timetable will look very different and you will not know what yours will look like until you start with us in September.

    • Will my parents be informed of my absences and progress?

      Will my parents be informed of my absences and progress?

      Yes, although we expect you to take responsibility for yourself and for your learning once you are at college. Absence reports and progress reports will be available via the parent portal to keep your parents aware of your progress and attendance. If we believe there to be a problem with either of these, your parents will be invited to a parents\' evening where we can discuss areas of weakness and support you with your learning going forward.

    • Can I choose to be in a tutor group with my best friend?

      Can I choose to be in a tutor group with my best friend?

      No. All tutor groups and class lists are put together randomly which means that all students are in the same situation. We pride ourselves in bridging the gap between school and, for the majority of our students, university, and meeting new people in a new environment is an important part of this. We do have a communal morning and lunch break when you can meet with your friends.

    • Will my tutor be like my school tutor?

      Will my tutor be like my school tutor?

      All students are allocated a tutor who is responsible for your pastoral care whilst you are with us. However, unlike most schools, you only meet with your tutor twice a week, with the rest of your tutor group. Your tutor will also meet with you on a one-to-one basis regularly to make sure that you are ‘on track’ and that you have no worries or concerns about college life. Tutors will also check your progress and attendance.

    • I'm not enjoying my current college, can I come to Peter Symonds for my second year?

      I'm not enjoying my current college, can I come to Peter Symonds for my second year?

      This is not normally possible. We will consider each application on an individual basis and only accept students onto an A2 programme in very exceptional circumstances e.g. moving into the area. Entry will only be possible if there is room in classes and will be subject to us receiving satisfactory references from your previous college. Please note that A2 courses will begin in mid-June when you will be expected to start College with all other A2 students.

  • Category: General Application Questions

    The following questions are available in this section:

    • Am I in the Peter Symonds catchment area?

      Am I in the Peter Symonds catchment area?

      Peter Symonds does not have a defined catchment area. The area to which we make offers varies each year, depending on the number of places available and the geographical distribution of the applicants.

      If you are interested in coming to Symonds, please apply and we will let you know in due course whether we are able to make you an offer of a place.

      We always make sure that we serve our local community first, so students living in the Winchester area are always given priority along with those who attend our partner schools. We then continue to make offers until we have made as many offers as we are able.

      You will find out whether we can make you an offer of a place by Easter at the latest. If we are not able to do so, we will ask whether you would like to have your application placed on a Reserve List.

    • Can I apply online?

      Can I apply online?

      All applications will be made online. You can find the online application form at https://apply.psc.ac.uk/. Applications can be made from September to December in the year before you are due to enrol at the college.

      You need to register to create an account. Once you have done this, you can then fill out the form in your own time, saving the information as you go. Once you have completed the form you are able to print off a copy for yourself. We will acknowledge that we have received your application and then will be in touch in due course to let you know what happens next.

    • When will I know whether I have been offered a place?

      When will I know whether I have been offered a place?

      We will start making offers in January and will continue to do so until the Easter holidays.

    • When will my interview be?

      When will my interview be?

      We arrange interviews from October until Easter each year. We will contact you to let you know when your interview is.

      Whether you are interviewed in October or March, the date of your interview has NO impact on whether you are offered a place.

      We do not offer places on a \'first come, first served\' basis.

    • Does it matter when I apply?

      Does it matter when I apply?

      We will consider all applications received before the application deadline equally, according to our Admissions Policy. We do not offer places on a \'first come, first served\' basis.

  • Category: Travel

    The following questions are available in this section:

    • Can I get any discounted travel to college?

      Can I get any discounted travel to college?

      We have negotiated favourable rates for our students with local bus and train providers. Details and application forms for student bus or train passes are available at and after Taster Day (early July).

      Hampshire County Council does not provide a travel subsidy for the majority of post-16 students. However, students who have specific learning difficulties and disabilities may still be eligible for a travel grant.

      For more information refer to the college transport information section of this site.

    • How do I travel to college?

      How do I travel to college?

      We do not provide any college buses. All our students have to be responsible for getting themselves to college in plenty of time. We are in a very central location with excellent bus and rail links.

    • Can I park at college once I have passed my driving test?

      Can I park at college once I have passed my driving test?

      Parking spaces on College campus are only available for students with disabilities. There is virtually no parking in the local streets. It is very important that you do not decide to come here on the assumption that you will be able to drive to college.

      There is a small area where you can park a moped/motorbike, but you need to apply for a permit to do so.

  • Category: Boarding

    The following questions are available in this section:

    • What will happen at my boarding interview?

      What will happen at my boarding interview?

      If you are invited to an interview for a boarding place you will meet one of our interview team to discuss your course choices and talk about life as a student at Peter Symonds. You and your parents will then be shown around the boarding houses and, finally, you will all meet the Head of Boarding.

    • When is the deadline for boarding applications?

      When is the deadline for boarding applications?

      Students (and their parents) who are interested in boarding need to plan ahead. Therefore, our deadline for boarding applications is earlier that our general application deadline.

      Applications for September 2018 will open on Monday 11 September 2017. All applications must be received by the deadline, Friday 3 November

      If you are interested in boarding and want to apply after the deadline date, please contact the Admissions Team on 01962 857555 to discuss a potential application.

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