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Parent or Guardian

As a parent, carer or guardian you will play a major role in supporting a young person’s decisions about what to do after school or college

This page brings together information about course options, facilities and student support across our five colleges. 

HLNSC received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for staff and students’ attitudes and behaviours in our 2022 inspection. 

If you feel your son or daughter would benefit from a conversation with a trained careers adviser about course choice or career plans, please contact Nicky Stallwood, our Student Progression Adviser, via email or telephone.

At HLNSC we’re dedicated to providing the best experience for our young learners, even before the start of their studies. 

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone rather than browsing websites and prospectuses. You and your son or daughter can make a time to speak with our student progression advisor to discuss goals and interests, and which courses might help them towards their dream job. 

Why not attend one of our open events to get a feel for the college? These are two-hour slots when the college throws open its doors to prospective students and their guests. We’ll show you what’s on offer and you can chat with our tutors.  

We’ll even help you fill out and submit an application form on the day if you decide to go ahead. We advertise these events on our college website and outside the colleges. 

There is a wide range of full and part-time courses to choose from across our five colleges – everything from business to beauty, animal care to engineering, land-based to hospitality and catering. We also offer apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Please take some time to look through the options on our site with your son or daughter. 

Or browse an online prospectus for Herefordshire College, Holme Lacy College, Ludlow Sixth Form College, North Shropshire College & Walford Colleges. 

If you feel your son or daughter would benefit from a conversation with a trained careers adviser about course choice or career plans, please contact our Student Progression Adviser.

The course guides will give you an indication of entry requirements, such as GCSE grades and skill levels. For some skills-based courses such as Construction, students will need to start at Level 1 to build up their skills and experience.   

If your child doesn’t achieve grades 4+ in their maths and English GCSEs, they will have the opportunity here to continue their study in timetabled lessons each week. They can then re-sit these exams in the summer term.  

Your son or daughter can apply online for the course they are interested in. There is further advice on our page how to apply. 

We put a lot of emphasis on helping students enter the workforce after they graduate (or into further/higher education if applicable). We want to help them get a job in their dream career – or at least help them onto the path towards it. 

We offer learners the opportunity to participate in a Careers tutorial programme, including information about careers websites, how to write a CV, prepare for a job interview or apply for an apprenticeship or to a higher education course.  

They will have a chance to talk to local employers at the annual Meet Your Future event in March, as well as during course-based employer visits. 

To find out more about the careers programme please visit the Careers Advice pages or contact our Student Progression Advisor.

We have a pastoral support service for all students, open Monday–Friday from 9am to 4.30pm during college term times. 

Our Safeguarding Team contact information is displayed clearly throughout all our college campuses. 

All staff are required to have DBS clearance and mandatory training including Safeguarding and Prevent, Fire Awareness and Equality & Diversity. There are also trained first aiders at every campus. 

HLNSC provides a range of activities to get involved with, such as sports and volunteering, aiding students’ personal development while at college. They also have the opportunity to become a Student Governor and represent the student voice across the college groupnot only allowing your child to find their stride and have their say at college but giving them excellent life skills, confidence and a chance to boost their future CVs. 

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