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We always welcome your support while your child is with us. Through formal meetings, telephone calls or email contact, we value your input and feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child’s performance, behaviour or attendance, please contact their tutor by calling the main college number and asking for them in person on 0161 785 4000 or by emailing

Careers Information

Oldham College has been awarded the Matrix Standard which is a National Government approved Quality Standard for Information Advice and Guidance. This is a unique quality standard covering the advice and support services which help individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

We have a dedicated qualified careers team based in our Careers Hub who deliver information, advice and guidance to existing and prospective students. Our careers team is here to help students achieve their career goals and to make sure they are on the correct course.

If you would like to speak to a Careers Adviser please call 0161 785 4054.

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Will I have to pay for the course?

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16 to 18, though they may need to buy specialist equipment for their course. Many courses offer residential trips and visits and some financial support may be available to help meet some of these costs.

Can I continue to receive child benefit?

The parent or carer of any student under 18 can continue to receive child benefit while they remain in full-time education. For more information visit If you need confirmation from college that your son/daughter is in education, this must be requested by themselves from our staff in Student Services. The confirmation can only be issued if they are attending college. Confirmation letters can be collected after 48 hours after request is raised.

Will there be any financial support available?

The government provides financial support to students with the costs of coming to college. The bursary is designed to support with the costs of travel, food, equipment and trips associated with college. Payments are made to students own bank accounts and its easy to apply. Remember this is not a loan – it does not need to be paid back! For further information please click here

Can I visit the college?

We contact all potential students and ask them to come to an interview with their course tutor. Family members are actively encouraged to attend the interview too and ask questions about the course and other aspects of being at College.

We also hold parents’ information evening during September and October where we provide information on the support and services available for students. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your son/daughters progress in a parent evening later on in the term. You are also welcome to visit Oldham College and view our facilities on the Open Days.

Will I receive feedback on my son or daughters progress?

Your son or daughter will have a progress tutor who will invite you to parents’ evenings to discuss their progress. You will also receive a report updating you on their progress and how well they are doing on their course.

Their tutor will monitor their attendance and contact you with any concerns.

What happens if problems arise?

Studying at College can be very different for students. They will be given all the support and encouragement they need to successfully complete their course, but they will also be given more responsibility and have greater expectations placed on them.

If problems arise over unexplained absences from College, failure to complete coursework or bad behaviour, then we will contact you. We hope you will help us overcome any problems so your son or daughter can continue to study well at College.

Will my son/daughter have a timetable?

We’ll give them an individual timetable when they start at College. College hours are very different from school hours in terms of start and finish times. Private study periods are essential and students are expected to use them for study and to make use of the library. The majority of students have no timetabled lessons on Wednesday afternoons to give them time to take part in the many enrichment sports and activities we offer. If you need to see your son/daughters timetable, you can access this via their Moodle account at college.

UCAS Application Deadline Dates

Students can start to plan and write their personal statements in readiness for the UCAS applications opening in September. Applications cost up to £24 but these costs can be reimbursed if students are in receipt of the college bursary.

Applications need to be submitted by the UCAS deadline in January.


Students attendance is monitored electronically. If there is a concern about attendance you will be contacted. Our courses are demanding and missing lessons will inevitably leads to serious problems in understanding the work. In case of illness it is essential that you or the student telephone the college to let us know the situation. Please call 0161 785 4000 and select Option 1 to report a student absence.


Students are expected to be punctual. If students are not present at the beginning of the class they will be marked present but late. They will be expected to catch up on work missed and persistent lateness may result in disciplinary proceedings.


Holidays should not be booked during term time. If students need to miss college for any special reasons, please discuss this with your son/daughters Progress Tutor so that we can make arrangements for any work missed.

What Support Is Available?

We are proud of our large network of support services for our students for our students.

If students need some help with the costs of coming to college e.g travel, food, trips, equipment then they do not need to struggle. Oldham College offers a bursary scheme which is designed to provide money to students who need it. This is not a loan and never needs to be paid back, but it is paid to students who have good attendance. It’s a simple application form which can be downloaded or picked up from the Student Quarter. For advice and guidance on financial support for students click here

If your son/daughter requires additional support with their learning or has an EHCP,  our Additional Learning Support team are specialists in assessing the students needs and putting the correct level of support in place. If you need to speak to one of the team please call them. Support details and contacts are here

If students are struggling to manage in college due to personal, emotional, financial or health issues, we have a full range of support available to offer help, guidance and support. Programme coaches are available will discuss welfare and emotional support and our safeguarding team are on hand for our more vulnerable students, please click here for contacts in college.

If you or the student need Careers Advice and Guidance we have qualified staff to help them and you. Please come and make an appointment with our Transition and Progression team in the Student Quarter or call them on 0161 785 4054. We also recommend the National Careers Service and Career Connect websites as tools for Career Searching and general information.

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