The Stockton Riverside College Schools Team is dedicated to providing professional advice to students looking to take their next step into further education.
Whether they would like to study at our Teesdale site, our BEDE site in Billingham or at our NETA Engineering site, the Schools Team can help your students get there.
Meet The Team
Conor McKerlie – Student Recruitment Co-ordinator
Conor McKerlie looks after the student recruitment team and is responsible for making sure that all of our schools have a named contact. He looks forward to being able to make a difference. He remembers what it was like to be a school leaver and feel the uncertainly of which direction to take.
Originally from Leeds, it was circumstances that brought him to Stockton where he landed a job as a business administration apprentice at the College. Seven years later he remains a valued member of the team and now it’s his job to help students make the right choices for them.
“Seeing the students and knowing that you are helping them to make a decision, that’s the best bit,” he said. “It is an achievement to see students progress, to hear their success stories and to know that you have played a small part in that.”
Leigh Teague – Information Advisor
Leigh Teague is a new member of the school’s team, however she has been a lecturer at Stockton Riverside College for four years. Her background in the Creative Industries has gave her a good understanding of progression and the importance of being on the right course.
“Not only is it important that students are on the right course, it is also a priority that they are aware of their progression route after leaving college. There are so many fantastic opportunities available, it is vital that we help students progress in the right direction.”
Sarah Kellaway – Information Advisor
As an information adviser Sarah meets hundreds of school leavers every year preparing to take their next steps. With ten years’ experience in the field, she understands that every single student is an individual with their own ambitions and dreams.
Sarah’s advice would be: “Make sure you explore all of the avenues available to you. Don’t just follow your friends. Attend all the different open evenings and decide what is right for you, not your best friend.”
And the best part of the job? Sarah says: “At school I always struggled knowing what I wanted to do, so it feels apt that today I am helping others to work out what their hopes, dreams and aspirations are. I get a buzz from meeting a student, helping them with their choices and seeing them go on to achieve at college and do amazing things in the world of work.”
We offer a wide variety of events at our college and in your schools to allow your students to gain a better understanding of their chosen course, events such as;
- Mock Interview Days
- Lunch Time Drop-Ins
- School Assemblies
- Careers Events
- Parents Evenings
- Explorer days
- College Tours and Taster Sessions
Career Advisors Day’s
Schools Team Frequently Asked Questions
If I don’t get my expected grades, will there still be a suitable course for me?
Yes, you will still be able to study a course in your chosen subject area. The course tutor will discuss your grades with you and agree on which level you will start the course on.
If I don’t get the grades I wanted in certain subjects, will there be a chance to study them alongside my college course?
You will need to resit GCSE Maths and English if you achieve less than a grade 4. You will study these alongside your chosen college course.
I am undecided on my A-Level choices, I was hoping to make my decision after Bede’s preview days. If for any reason am I unable to attend these or they don’t go ahead, will there be chance to change my subjects after I’ve enrolled in September if I’m not enjoying them?
Yes all students are given a settling in period where you are able to change your subjects. You would need to talk to your course tutor to discuss the changes. This is also the same for vocational courses.
What qualifications will I get at the end of my Level 3 Vocational course and can I go to University?
Yes you can. You will gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma, which is the equivalent of A-Levels and meets the entry requirements for university.
What is the difference between A Levels and Vocational Courses?
A-Levels are more academic and focus on subjects that are similar to those you have studied at school. Assessments for A-Levels normally involve exams. Vocational Courses are practical, hands on courses that don’t usually have any exams; these are assessed through practical assessments and portfolios.
Do I have to study other core subjects at College like School?
No! College is your chance to take hold of your learning experience and choose an area you’re most interested in. As mentioned in a previous question you will only have to take English and Maths if you achieve less than a grade 4 at GCSE.
The college is bigger than school, will someone be there to show me around when I start?
Of course, our friendly staff will be there to guide you and with our easy to use room numbering system you will find your feet in no time.
Can I apply to more than one College?
We hope you choose to study with us but we encourage you to look at different colleges and courses to make sure you pick the one that will best help you progress.
Can I start my college course early?
No, you need to focus on finishing school first. We also have our current college students who need to finish their courses before we are able to allow a new intake to start. Once you are finished with school, take the time to relax and wait for enrollment.
How many Vocational courses can I study?
You can only study one Vocational course. This is why it is important to attend all the open evenings and taster sessions you can. This will help you make an informed choice.