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Information for Parents and Carers


Parents/carers play a huge role in supporting young people in their decisions about what to do after school or college.  This page aims to give you careers information, links and advice for you to support and guide your child in their next steps. 

Course subjects:  

There is a wide range of vocational courses to choose at the Hereford campuses of Folly Lane and Holme Lacy (Land-based studies).  The style of learning is a mixture of classroom and work-related learning.  Please take some time to look through the course offer and have a discussion with your child about their interests and what they enjoy. 


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

Maths & English GCSE:

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

Information events:  

The College offers open events for parents and students to visit the campuses, see the facilities and talk to tutors.  These events usually take place in November, January and March.  Visit the ‘News and Events’ tab on the website to find out the dates for the open events:  


Your child should apply online for the course they are interested in.   

Careers programme: 

Whilst your child is studying at college they will have the opportunity to participate in the Careers tutorial programme giving information about careers websites, how to write a CV, prepare for a job interview, apply for an apprenticeship or to higher education.  Students have the chance to talk to local employers at the annual Meet Your Future event in March, as well as during course-based employer visits and talks.   

To find out more about the careers programme please visit the Careers Advice pages on the College website: 

Useful careers and apprenticeship information websites: 

Careers advice: 

If you feel your child would benefit from a conversation with a trained careers adviser about course choice or career plans, please contact:

Nicky Stallwood, Student Progression Adviser E: T: 01432 365382