Gateway offers a high quality learning experience using first-class facilities and provides genuine added value.
The popularity of Gateway College is explained in part by its pastoral arrangements which are designed to make students feel at home as soon as possible, and to support them throughout their courses. Students are assigned to one of four faculties. General welfare and progress in all courses is overseen by a faculty-based personal tutor, working with the Head of Faculty and the Faculty Management team. All students are able to discuss their performance with subject teachers and with personal tutors. Students are required to meet all coursework and project deadlines and use their time effectively. Study targets are negotiated and set, action plans drawn up and progress reviewed at regular intervals. Consultation evenings are held twice a year, November and March, when students, with their guardian/carer, can talk to staff.
The Additional Learning Support (ALS) team provide long and short-term study support and help to students at all levels according to their needs. The College aims to respond to individual needs, ensuring students receive the support they require.
The office is open throughout the day and provides students with access to information, support and advice on a wide range of issues. Our team of Mentors work with students offering advice, support and guidance.
The Government provides a limited amount of funding to support students experiencing financial hardship whilst studying at college in the form of a Guaranteed Bursary and Discretionary fund for eligible students. Contact Student Services for details.
No examination fees are charged for first time entry, subject to a minimum of 90% attendance, good punctuality and the satisfactory completion of all coursework projects.The payment of a deposit entitles students to the use of all learning and leisure facilities, an ID card and subsidised activities. This is refundable upon satisfactory course completion and the return of all College property in good condition.
In partnership with Connexions, the College provides a structured careers programme and the opportunity for interviews with a Personal Adviser to help with career planning. Activities include job search, work experience placements and Higher Education taster courses.
Each year as part of their programme of study all students complete a Key Skill or Functional Skill: