The last day of school feels like it was years ago, you’ve had a long summer full of sunny days, warm evenings, and hopefully a lot of relaxing. Now it’s time to get down to business. But don’t worry, the fun isn’t over yet – as cheesy as it sounds, you’ve got loads more to look forward to.
It’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous in the run-up to your first day. It’s a big step to take, but just remember that everyone else is in exactly the same boat as you. Whether you already know people coming to college or you’re riding solo, be assured that you are going to meet a whole load of new people on your course who have the same interests as you, which is pretty exciting.
Key dates to remember
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, here are some key dates that you might want to make a note of:
Advisory Days – We’re sure you have GCSE results day etched on your brain, which is handy as this is when our Advisory Days kick in. On August 12th, 13th and 16th, for those who haven’t applied to college yet, we’ll be holding bookable sessions where you’ll be able to get advice on which course to study. We’ll even get you enrolled on the day. If you’ve already applied to college and have your place for September, there’s no need to worry about coming in as your tutor will be in touch once your results are in.
Enrolment – From August 12th, you’ll be able to enrol online and officially become an MK College student. If you’re not sure whether you’ve made the right choice or need to speak to someone about your results, enrol as normal, and your tutor will be in touch to make sure you’re all set and talk through options if you need to.
Welcome Week – Hooray your first day is finally here! From September 6th, all of our new students will take part in Welcome Week, where you’ll get to grips with college life, get your timetable, meet your classmates in person and get to know your tutors. Exciting! The first day of taught lessons is 13th September.
How do I get there?
Whether you live in Milton Keynes or further afield, there are lots of ways to get to both our Chaffron Way or Bletchley campus. You could travel by public transport, arrive by bike, or come by car where each campus has secure bike racks and car parks. Check out our Travel to College page to find the best route for you. You might even be eligible to apply for a discounted travel card valid on certain public transport routes – just pick up an application form from reception.
What am I supposed to bring with me?
This depends on what course you’re doing and if you’ve been instructed to bring in anything specific by your tutor. Make sure you double check your offer packs and e-mail inboxes for any additional information that you may have been given – but be sure to bring in the usual items like a notepad, some stationery, and a water bottle.
You should also make sure that you’ve got some lunch or some money to buy some. We have ample places onsite where you can purchase food from like our food vans, the refectory, The Brasserie, or vending machines. Check out our Bursaries page to check if you’re entitled to free meals.
What will I be doing?
Again, this is dependent on your course. However, expect to do things like tour the campus, have an introduction to Office 365, Microsoft Teams and Moodle (the student platform where you can upload your work and assignments), get your timetable, and spend some time getting to know your tutor/s and peers. This is the time to be confident and outgoing, and to make sure that you make a great first impression!
Are there any COVID-19 restrictions that I need to know about?
Whilst government guidance is changing, we can’t be sure yet what the guidance will be come September. However, we will be making sure that all our environments are as safe as possible upon welcoming students back onsite.
I need to order uniform and kit. How do I do this?
No matter what course you’ll be studying, you can find all of our uniform and kit order forms here. Why not get organised now and order everything you’ll need so you’re super ready on your first day of college.
What if there’s a problem?
We really hope you settle in straight away, but if you hit a few speed bumps, there will always be someone to talk to. Whether you are just unsure if College is the right option for you, are having a problem with the work, or maybe even are having problems at home, make a note of the contacts below and you’ll always have someone to turn to. Here at Milton Keynes College, we also work with the Youth Counselling Service and have mental health first aiders and safeguarding officers on site at all time, so you can be assured of your safety whilst at College.
Reception : 01908 68444 – meet the reception team by watching this video and hear all of the ways they’ll be able to help you if you have a problem.
Learning Support : 01908 684433
Careers & Course Guidance : 01908 684456
Student Counselling : 01908 684406
Admissions & Enrolments : 01908 684551
The best thing you can do on your first day of College is to be yourself. Ask questions, explore the campus, and get comfortable. After all, you’re going to be here for a good while