Information for parents

As a parent you know that this is a crucial time for your son or daughter when making decisions for their future career paths and deciding where and what to study.

Education after 16 doesn’t just mean staying at school or sixth form full-time; your child can stay at school, go to college, or take up an apprenticeship. What and where your child chooses to study upon leaving school is one of the biggest choices they will have to make, and we know that you will play an important role in this decision.

As part of your child’s application process, you’ll be sent a Parent Handbook detailing everything you need to know about Middlesbrough College.

Alongside A Levels at our purpose-built sixth form MC6, we along offer vocational courses across a broad range of industries such as sport, hairdressing and engineering. If your child would like to train whilst in employment, we also offer apprenticeships through our training and apprenticeship company, Northern Skills Group. We also offer T Levels - a brand new qualification which are an alternative to A Levels.

Middlesbrough College offers a different environment to a school sixth form. Your child will learn in a mature environment developing their confidence and independence for university study or future employment. They will also have the freedom to explore a range of different post 16 options ensuring that they find a course to suit their abilities and career aspirations.

English and maths at GCSE A*-C are essential qualifications for progression within further education and to Higher Education and employment. All students will continue to study English and maths if they do not hold a GCSE at grade C or above. Dependent on your child’s school grades, this will either be a GCSE re-examination, or Functional Skills.

We understand education can put a strain on finances, which is why we offer student financial bursaries, subject to availability.

For more information, visit our Financial Support page, or call 01642 333606.

For safety reasons, all student absences must be reported to either 01642 333278 or 01642 333606 before 10:00am each day.

We want everyone to achieve at the college, and pivotal to this is good attendance and punctuality. We will contact you by letter to notify you if your child's attendance is below 95% and discuss ways to improve this. 

Our team of dedicated Safeguarding and Welfare Officers are available to support students with any issues that may arise at college and affect their attendance. Students can email the team or call 01642 333775. 

The wellbeing of our students is something we take incredibly serious here at Middlesbrough College, which is why our Careers Team are on hand to provide information, advice and guidance, should a student change their mind about their course.

Visit our Careers Team page for further information.

We would recommend that they apply as soon as they feel happy with their preferred course to ensure that they are guaranteed a place. On completion of your child’s application, they will be contacted to arrange an interview date. If your child changes their mind about the chosen course midway through the year, this is nothing to worry about. Ask them to contact the admissions department who will invite them to an additional interview with their new course area. In some circumstances, students can apply to multiple courses and make their final decision during enrolment. You can read more about our full-time course application process here.