Starting in September?

Do you know what you need to prepare for college? Got your money sorted? Worried about making friends?

Congratulations on your offer to study at Merrist Wood College! 

Wondering what the next step is? Whether you are waiting for your results to come through, or just want to get ahead with your planning, we can help you get organised for starting college! Below, we’ve compiled a list of questions you might have, and advice on what you can do to prepare for September. 

Student Welcome Days

Before you start in September you will have the chance to learn more about your course and meet your tutors and classmates at our Welcome Days:

  • Tuesday 5 July
  • Thursday 7 July
  • Friday 8 July  

If you’ve attended our open events, you will already have an insight into what we offer, but this Welcome Day will allow you to experience what college life will be like and meet those who will be starting college alongside you. 

Complete your enrolment

If your offer is conditional on your GCSE grades, you should still complete and send back your enrolment form, including any documents required, as soon as you receive it. This will ensure your place is secured. On 25 August, you should then email a copy of your results to enrolment2022@activatelearning.ac.uk to confirm your enrolment. You will not receive confirmation that your enrolment has been successful until we have received and processed your GCSE results.

What to expect

Once you have received your enrolment confirmation email from us, you are a confirmed student with Activate Learning. 

We know that going from school to college is a big shift, but we are here to help you with the transition. This is why we’ve planned a Connect to College week for the week leading up to the start of your timetabled teaching, where you will get all the tools and resources you need to feel prepared for what college has in store. 

Connect to College week will start on 5 September and will consist of a schedule of activity designed to give you the best possible start to this new chapter. 

Find out more about our Connect to College Week 

During the first two weeks of term, you’ll be asked to provide the following pieces of information: 

  • A valid proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, proof of age card, or national insurance letter) 
  • Right to study evidence for students who are not UK citizens (Passport, visa or immigration documentation) 
  • Any outstanding payment 

You’ll also receive your college ID card and lanyard from your tutor, which you must always wear whilst on college grounds. 

If you need help or support before the first day of term, give us a call on 0800 612 6008.

Support

At Activate Learning, your happiness and success is our priority. We offer the following dedicated services to ensure your life while studying with us is positive and fulfilling, both academically and personally.

Keep in touch with us on social media!

Before you join us in September, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date via email and the occasional phone call too! 

To keep in the loop, why not follow Activate Learning on social media (find the links at the top or the bottom of this page)? We’ll be saying hi and starting conversations with new students via the #WelcometoAL hashtag!   

We can't wait to meet you! Remember, we’re on hand to answer any questions you may have in the meantime – so don’t be a stranger!

 

We realise there's a lot to take in when you first start college. A lot of new people to meet, including your classmates, tutors and other staff.

But remember - others will be in the same situation as you and probably thinking the exact same thing - how am I going to meet people and make new friends?

Our campuses are vibrant and diverse and you will always be able to find people you can identify and make new friendships with. There will be opportunities to meet new people within your tutor group and classes, as well as the various societies we run at college.

We also offer a fantastic Student's Union at all campuses, which runs a range of activities and provides a platform for anyone who wants to get involved and represent their friends and classmates across college.

If you're still feeling shy or anxious, you can always speak to one of our Student Support team who would be more than happy to help you settle into life at college.

If you have money concerns before you start, we have an array of bursaries available for eligible students. Check out our funding page for more info. Also, be sure to speak to our Advice and Admissions team when you come to collect your lanyard.

We also offer a variety of student support and learning support services. So, if you have any problems or concerns at all, just let us know. We are there to support your experience at college every step of the way.

As part of our guarantee to enable new students to work efficiently, whether on campus or remotely, we have set up a buy your own device scheme to enable all students to buy a laptop or tablet. We want everyone to have access to the right equipment even if they aren’t physically at college. So, we’ve teamed up with two companies, Academia and Dell, who can support you with buying a new device.

There is a choice of devices available for you to choose from and the option to pay via a payment plan, so you can spread the cost. The devices are sold as bundles which includes a case and a warranty and the option to add insurance should you wish to do so.

Visit our online store with Academia

View our online store with Dell

For those of you who already have your own devices, you will be encouraged to bring them into college to help reduce the demand for computers in the Learning Environments. However, if you would prefer not to bring your own device from home, please don't worry, as you will still be able to book time in Learning Environments as needed. This equipment will be cleaned regularly as part of our cleaning process.

We’re really looking forward to you starting college with us in September and want to make this transition as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions about the device scheme or anything else, please contact us.

Then what are you waiting for? It’s not too late to apply!   

The usual application process closes on Friday 30 July, so if you are applying before this date, you can apply online by selecting ‘Apply Now’ on the course you are interested in. Find out more information on our How to Apply page

After Friday 30 July, if you want to apply for a course starting in September, you will need to book an appointment through our FE College Clearing system. Find out more information on our FE College Clearing page.