Parents & Carers

At Hugh Baird College your son, daughter or dependent will be encouraged to reach their full potential and we aim to get them ready for the next stage of their journey.

Supporting your child or dependent

We’re known for the support we provide our students and we’re here to help every step of the way. We will support your son, daughter or dependent to gain the right skills and qualifications and prepare them the next stage of their journey, whether they go on to start their career, go to university or take an apprenticeship.

The success of our learners depends largely on their commitment, their attitude to study and their motivation to succeed. We hope you’ll join us in supporting and encouraging them to take their studies seriously, attend regularly, be punctual and hand work in on time.

Latest Ofsted Report

Our latest Ofsted inspection report in March 2018 reflected all the hard work our leadership team, teaching staff, and support staff have put into Hugh Baird College, with ‘Good’ results for all our college-based courses. We’ve also been commended on the quality of our teaching, our personal development and support programmes, and the outcomes of our learners.

Careers Advice

When it comes to making career decisions, you're one of the first people your child or dependent will turn to for help.

  • How do you spark ideas for their career and explore the routes they could take?
  • Do you feel confident in supporting them to make important decisions?

The resources below may help you and your child/dependent explore the options and make an informed decision. If you need further advice, we have dedicated impartial Career Advisors available that are qualified to Level 7.

Need help compiling your child or dependent's CV? Our easy to use Career Coach tool will take you step by step to build comprehensive employment ready CV.

Career Coach will also give you relevant data on wages, employment and training and what jobs are high-paying and growing in our region. Launch Career Coach.

Career Connect is a charity who are passionate about providing high quality independent careers advice, bridging the gap to learning and employment and better life chances for young people and adults. Career Connect provides independent, impartial and inspirational advice and guidance to young people who want to find out more about potential future careers, job searches and self-assessment. Visit Career Connect.

When supporting your child or dependent to choose the right careers path it is important to consider labour market intelligence. Lots of young people get confused about what is a realistic career and what pathway to take. Accessing Career Coach through our website will support you to understand labour market intelligence in relation to your child or dependent chosen career. Launch Career Coach.

Volunteering opportunities can also help your child or dependent gain successful employment, it will also enrich a personal statement.

Volunteering is about giving time to a good cause. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills, experience, meet new people and help others. Research shows that 80% of employers value voluntary experience and 58% value it more than paid work experience. Volunteering can help your child or dependent demonstrate motivation and initiative as well as helping them develop skills employers want.

They wouldn't get paid but they have the chance to experience the satisfaction that comes from making a real difference to other people’s lives, as well as their own. Most of all they can have fun and make new friends. Along with roles that are designed to help individuals, some volunteering opportunities will give them the chance to have positive impact on their local community and the environment.

Volunteering opportunities can be short term, long term, part time, full time or one-off. There are even activities they could do from home. Your child or dependent can also volunteer either at school, college or in their own time. If they're aged 16 to 17 you can take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Local volunteer centres:

Useful websites:

UCAS is the online application system for anyone in the UK who wants to apply for a full-time University course. If your child or dependent is considering Higher Education, they’ll need to decide what subject, course type, and course provider is right for them. They can use the UCAS Search tool to discover more about each degree program and the different universities available. There are also many useful videos to help guide them through the process from start to finish including how to write an effective personal statement and using the Track system to check the progress of their application and offers. Visit www.ucas.com

The Student Room is the largest student community in the world - over 1.8m members. You can discuss anything - universities, health, lifestyle, relationships and there are also free university application help and revision tools. Visit www.thestudentroom.co.uk

Your child or dependent does not need to pay for their university tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Your child or dependent might find they need extra help with money for day-to-day living costs, accommodation, food or course materials. Maintenance loans are usually paid in three instalments, directly into their bank account. (For full time students only). For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some questions that parents and carers often ask us:

In some ways, school and college are similar - attendance is compulsory, deadlines for the submission of work are in place and our learners are expected to behave in a responsible way.

There is no upper age limit at college, we have many adult learners and although most attend courses designed for adults, we welcome them on all our courses. It is possible that there may be adult learners on your child/dependent's course and they are nearly always very committed to their course and work hard, so they set a fantastic example to 16-17 year olds.

There are a range of grants and bursaries for which your child/dependent may be eligible. For further information take a look at our Student Finance section.

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training). For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/child-benefit/eligibility.

If appropriate, our Student Services team can advise you and put you in touch with the appropriate external agencies.

Our Learner Support team can help with a wide range of difficulties including; physical and learning disabilities, dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, mental health needs, visual impairment, hearing impairment and emotional support. Our Student Services team can advise you on this support or you can indicate specific needs when you make an application to come to the College.

Please contact their Study Programme Coordinator or a member of our Student Services team.

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.

No. We can enrol students from any area in the UK.

Below are links to websites that you may find useful. We do not hold any responsibility for their content: