Advice for new students

We’re really looking forward to you joining us and becoming a Bridgend College student. As part of this, you will need to attend enrolment and induction.

Below are some useful FAQs for new students. We are here to support you, so please get in touch with us if you need any further information about starting your studies.

What is enrolment?

Enrolment is the formal process of signing up for your course, which is required in order to become an official Bridgend College student. You will receive an invite from us in mid July to attend college and register.

The process will involve meeting with our Skills and Curriculum teams to ensure that you are enrolling onto the correct course, based on your qualifications. Our enrolment team will then take you through the registration process, which will require you to make a £40 payment to cover the enrolment administration fee.

You may also need to pay a materials fee, depending on the course you’re studying.

If you have obtained GCSEs or other qualifications, please bring evidence of your results with you along with proof of your identity, such as a passport. We will then issue you with your Bridgend College Student ID card.

There will also be the opportunity to get advice and guidance on everything from student finance and transport to how you can enhance your student experience.

You are welcome to bring a parent or carer with you. However, transport to and from campus will not be provided.

If you feel that you may need to access the enrolment process in a lower stimulation environment, please inform one of our team when you arrive and we can direct you to an alternative space.

When is enrolment and the first day of term?

Enrolment takes place at the end of August/early September. The first week of term for the 2024-25 academic year is the week commencing Monday 2 September.

What support is available at enrolment for students with additional learning needs?

Staff from our Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Team will be available to help with any queries you may have about any additional learning provision you may need to access with us. If you have documentation to share with us which could help us decide whether you have an additional learning need and you haven’t already provided this, please bring this with you and someone from the ALN Team will be able to take a copy and return it to you on the day.

If you require any additional provision in order to access your enrolment experience such as BSL communication support, please contact:

Will I receive an induction?

All new students will undertake a college induction, where we will welcome you, help you settle into and navigate college life in order to set you up for success. Induction normally takes place during the first week of term. You will be shown how to access your college timetable and emails and navigate your study spaces and your tutors will be on hand to help you.

For students with an additional learning need who have been accessing enhanced transition support, your allocated transition co-ordinator will also be available as a friendly face to help you settle into college life during induction activities.

How do I apply for student finance?

Our Student Services team can assist you with your student finance applications. You can find us located opposite the coffee shop on Bridgend Campus and to the left of the entrance in the Main Teaching Block on Pencoed Campus.

How do I get to college?

We have four campuses across Bridgend County Borough, in Bridgend, Pencoed and Queens Road, all of which are accessible by public transport.

Please note: the college does not arrange individual transport for learners with an additional learning need. Please contact your local authority if you feel you may be entitled to be considered for continued support from your school transport service.

Will there be events for new students?

Yes! We host a freshers event where all our students, returning and new, are invited to come along.

You will be able to meet students and staff from across Bridgend College, take part in lots of fun activities, pick up freebies and win some prizes!

Bridgend Campus – Wednesday 11 September, 12-2pm
Pencoed Campus – Thursday 12 September, 12-2pm

Where can I buy food and drink?

There is a coffee shop and refectory at our Bridgend, and Pencoed Campus, selling a range of hot and cold food and drinks. 

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