Making a Point with Information; Carshalton and Kingston Colleges Are Offering Advice about Their Own Post-16 Courses as Well as Those Provided in the Local Area. by Sarah Richardson

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Making a Point with Information; Carshalton and Kingston Colleges Are Offering Advice about Their Own Post-16 Courses as Well as Those Provided in the Local Area. by Sarah Richardson


Byline: Sarah Richardson

[bar] TWO federated further education colleges are offering a unique service for local students looking for direction now they have their examination results. Carshalton College and Kingston College are running on-site information points to offer advice and support on post-16 options each day from 9am to 6pm.

These information points offer professional, impartial and accurate information about the opportunities available at this crucial time of year, on courses across south London, south-west London and Surrey -- and not just on what's on offer from the colleges themselves.

The information points are helpful for students who may not have achieved the results they anticipated at GCSElevel to progress to the next stage of their education. The advice is being provided by friendly and qualified careers advisers, such as Jessie Lovell.

"If you haven't achieved the grades you were hoping for, or are just totally confused about what to do next, we can help guide you," she says. "There is something available for everyone. Come and talk to us."

As well as information on full- and part-time academic and vocational courses, the information points can also provide details on apprenticeships and higher education provision. The information point system is being launched at Carshalton College for the first time this year, but has been running for many years at Kingston College. Last year, Kingston saw more than 1,500 young people seek advice, and the majority of them were placed on courses for the start of the academic year.

Daniel Bright used the service last year. He says: "I'd like to say thank you, once again, for the career guidance and help it gave me. I would have missed out on an educational opportunity if I hadn't come to the Kingston College Information Point."

Peter Mayhew-Smith, principal of Kingston College and Carshalton College, says: "It's amazing how well our students do. At the start of each year, a new generation of young people and adults come to Kingston and Carshalton Colleges to learn new skills and develop themselves for their futures. …

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