Weekly College Update

Friday 12 May 2023

In the run up to exam season, the college has been a hive of activity. Huddled groups of students can be spotted all round college, revising and chatting about what is next – university, apprenticeship, employment. There is an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement and for those moving from year 12 to year 13, a sense of maturing into their role of student and young adult.

I’d like to wish everyone good luck in their forthcoming exams. Always remember that support is available from the team in college if exam stress is affecting your wellbeing. Please click on the link below for some really useful advice on how to prepare for exams: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/children-and-young-adults/help-for-teenagers-young-adults-and-students/tips-on-preparing-for-exams/

This link is also excellent and focused on tips for coping with stress: https://www.themix.org.uk/work-and-study/study-and-exam-tips/exam-stress-1241.html

If you go to https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/exams-2/ you will find the S6C Exam Handbook and revision guide, along with all the information you need from the Joint Council for Qualifications. Please read everything carefully so that you are fully prepared for your exams.

Please click here for the 2023 A Level and AS Level exam timetable. AS level exams start on Monday 15 May and A level exams on Wednesday 17 May. 

Please click here for the year 12 mock exams timetable which start on Monday 19 June. 



University Grants

Rosie Roberts – Careers Lead

This week, the College had a visit from Nicola Hillier, Grants Officer for Wiltshire Community Foundation, who answered questions from Year 13 students about grants and how to apply.

Wiltshire Community Foundation offers grants to young people in Wiltshire and Swindon who need support with the costs of studying an undergraduate degree at university. The One Degree More bursary is £1,600 for each year of the course to help with general living expenses, course costs, books and equipment. 

Young people can apply for a university bursary if they:

• are under 24 years old

• have lived in Wiltshire or Swindon for at least 2 years

• parents or guardians receive 2 means-tested benefits (2 elements of Universal Credit)

• eligible for funding through Student Finance England

• studying for first undergraduate degree at a UK university or college

Applications close on 15 May 2023. Apply today by visiting: www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/grants-and-support/individuals/university-bursary-one-degree-more/

Change Your Mind Team

Catherine Pennington – Mental Health Lead 

The wonderful Change Your Mind Team are getting ready for Mental Health Awareness week (15 to 21 May). The team have been preparing green ribbons and information cards to hand out to all of our students.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the services we can all access if and when we need help. The team will be visible around college interacting with students and encouraging people to ask for help and talk about the things that cause anxiety, which is the theme for this year.  

Next week the team will be releasing tips on stress relievers that no one will notice you using, an interesting BBC radio 4 programme on ‘’Is Psychiatry working?’’ and lots of tips and ideas to look after your body and your mind. 

Fine Art and Photography  

Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Fine Art and Photography

Year 12 Art and Photography students have been invited by Roche Court to interview artist Charlotte Verity and produce the final 60 minute podcast for the ‘Listen in at Roche Court’ series. The session this week introduced the concept to students and in a few weeks they will travel to Roche Court to interview Caroline and record their podcast. It is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to engage with contemporary practice and develop a range of communication, research and presentation skills.