WELCOME TO MK COLLEGE
We’re sure you have lots of questions before the first day of term, but don’t worry, we’re here to answer them. Take a look around and find links to what’s going on during Welcome Week, along with how to complete your enrolment online. You can also watch videos from our CEO & Principal, Julie Mills, welcoming you to college, and an introduction to our friendly reception team, who will be on hand to help during your first few weeks. Find a full list of FAQs to get all of your questions answered along with links to order kit and view virtual tours of each campus.
What happens on your first day of college?
From how to get to college to what to bring with you, you’ll have loads of questions about what happens on your first day of college. Luckily, you’re in the right place! Take a look at what to expect when you start college and get prepared
Take a virtual tour!
Want to take a virtual tour and explore our college campuses without leaving your house? You’re in luck! Take a look at our virtual tours of Bletchley and Chaffron Way, along with our range of facilities, including the Study Centre and Computer room. Let’s go!
We understand that coming to college can be daunting in many ways, which is why we have a dedicated team to support you during your time with us.
From caring for your wellbeing to offering learning support, the MK College Student Support team are on hand to give you guidance and help in a nurturing environment.
If you’re not sure what career path you want to explore, you’re not alone!
You may need some guidance on career ideas or advice on options once you finish your course – either way, we’re here to help.
Explore our careers hub for further tips and advice, or contact the careers team for more help if you’d like to have a chat.
Funding & Bursaries
If you’re in need of advice on student finance, there are a few different options you can explore to help with costs while you’re at college.
Depending on your eligibility and personal circumstances, financial help is available to students on most courses. You can always give us a call if you’re not sure on your eligibility and we’d be happy to help.
Need help while you’re at college?
First of all, if you have a problem or need any help at all, don’t panic – there are plenty of people who will be here to help you.
Whether you can’t find the room your next lesson is in or you need some help with student finance, we’ll get your problem sorted so you really don’t need to worry about a thing.
Our friendly reception team are always there as a first port of call if you run into a problem. Meet them now!
How do I get to College?
We have two main campuses, Chaffron Way and Bletchley. Both campuses have excellent public transport links.
Will COVID-19 affect my start date in September?
Like many organisations, we’re not sure what impact Covid-19 might still be having on our lives over the coming months. However, because of the recent situation, we now have lots of experience of teaching, learning and supporting students online as well as keeping everyone safe when they’re on our campuses. Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.
We are following government guidelines and are constantly monitoring our plans to ensure that everyone stays safe while at the same time being able to access their learning and support services.
When should I enrol and how do I do it?
Enrolment is now live! This year, you can complete the whole process online and enrol from the comfort of your own home.
Once you’ve enrolled, this means you’re accepting a place on the course we’ve offered you. Everyone who’s applied and received a course offer has now been sent an email so that they can enrol online. Please contact email@example.com if you don’t think you have received this.
Open your enrolment email, click on the link and follow the instructions. You’ll need a passport-style photo for your ID badge and a clear photo of your results to enrol so it might be a good idea to have these ready. View a step-by-step video guide of the online enrollment form here if you’d like to take a look at what to expect before you begin the process.
Once you’ve completed your online enrolment you’ll receive a confirmation email, including a link to get any kit or uniform required for your course as well as details of how to apply for a bursary. Our tutors are going to contact everyone who’s enrolled to check that they are on the right course and level for them – they will have lots of students to contact so don’t panic if you don’t hear from them straight away!
Will I be in College everyday?
No – you will have a mixture of face to face and online learning. The teaching time for your course adds up to around three days – the rest of the week will be for your own studies as well as English & maths classes if you need to re-sit these. You will receive your full timetable during welcome week.
What should I bring with me on my first day?
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 on site 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.
Do I need to bring in my own laptop?
We have recently upgraded our WiFi and this means that it is even easier for you to use your own devices at college. Our study spaces have clear desks so that you can use your own device in a quiet space and our cafes and canteens have good coverage if you want to work while enjoying a coffee.
However, you don’t need to buy your own device to bring to college as we have lots of self-issue laptop cabinets for you to use while on campus, but if you do buy your own, remember that as a student at Milton Keynes College you have free access to Office365 which is accessed online in the “cloud”. In addition, you also have free access to the full Office app product suite that you can download and install on up to 5 devices at home.
Click here to find out more about digital learning at MK College.
What is Welcome Week?
Welcome Week runs from the first day of term, 6th September, through to the 10th. During this week, you’ll be given your timetable, meet classmates & tutors, and really get to grips with life at MK College. You’ll be given all of the information you’ll need to get off to the best start possible and will be given plenty of opportunities to have all of your questions answered.
Find out more about Welcome Week here.
What if I need help when I’m in college?
We really hope you settle in straight away, but if you hit a few speed bumps, there will always be someone to talk to. 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 times, 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
I am a Parent/Carer. Where can I access more information?
We have a dedicated area on our website for all parents and carers of MK College students which you can find here. This includes details on how to access our Parent Portal along with a contact form should you wish to ask us anything specific.
Where can I find more information on important dates?
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, meet your classmates in person and get to know your tutors. Exciting!
You can find all of our term dates here.
Have more questions?
Let us know how we can help.