Frequently asked questions

What if I need extra help with my work?

We have a team of Teaching and Learning Assistants who work with all our students, supporting them to access their classes. We also have an outstanding Learner Support department who can provide assessments for any additional needs and help to further support you in your studies.

What happens at the end of the course?

You will have full access to a range of opportunities for your future progression once you complete the two year programme. You will have the chance to be ‘fast-tracked’ onto a higher-level 16+ vocational course full time or perhaps start a Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Once you are 18, there will also be the option for you to study a degree or equivalent Higher Education (HE) qualification, either at the Hugh Baird University Centre or elsewhere.

Does it matter where I live?

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport link are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all over Merseyside. Take a look at our 'How to find us' page to see where we are.

Do we have to pay for the course?

No, the Government funds all college places up to the age of 19.

Will I be safe at College?

Yes. Hugh Baird College is a safe environment, confirmed by OfSTED in our last inspection. All staff are trained in Safeguarding and we have a team of dedicated Safeguarding Officers as well as zero tolerance on bullying.

Do I need to ask permission from my school?

No. It is entirely a choice for you and your family.

Can I leave the campus at lunchtime?

Many local Schools allow their year 10 and 11 students out at lunchtime. We have decided to do the same as long as we have a completed permission letter from your family. We will supply these letters at the Transition days in July.

What will I wear?

Each department has workwear that reflects the subject area and how employees in that industry dress. The pictures in the brochure and on this website give an idea of how the different outfits look.

At Hugh Baird College, everyone wears a coloured lanyard to show who they are – both staff and students. These are all different colours depending on which department you belong to. All Hugh Baird 14-16 College students will wear lanyards that are two-tone blue. It is important that you wear yours every day to gain access to the College.

Will I get help with the cost of my lunches?

Yes, if you are entitled to Free School Meals, these will continue at the Hugh Baird 14-16 College.

Will I get free breakfast?

Yes – all students will be entitled to a breakfast of juice, porridge and toast as long as they arrive before registration at 8.45am.

Will I get help with travel?

If you live more than 3 miles away, we will help with providing a free bus or train pass.

Will the times be like school?

The College day runs from Registration at 8:45am with classes until 3pm, Monday to Friday, and the terms and holiday dates will match those of Sefton Local Authority. However, there may be a need to attend up additional revision or enrichment classes per week until 4pm.

Is my attendance recorded?

Yes, the College is required to monitor all students’ attendance in the same way as a school. The same rules also apply regarding holidays in term time, i.e. they are not permitted. Any absence must be reported to the 14-16 College on the same day supported by a letter from home and evidence of any medical appointments.

What happens next?

You will be invited in to the college for an informal discussion. If you are then offered a place at the 14-16 College, you will be asked to attend two Transition Days during the Summer to meet the staff and other students. On these two days, you will also get all the information you need for starting at the College. Once you start with us in September, we will let the school and the Local Authority know that you have chosen to attend College.

For more information

Please contact our Student Services team: