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Further Education New Student Portal

You'll find here information, advice and support for new students soon to be joining us here at Hugh Baird College.


A message from Rachael Hennigan, Principal of Hugh Baird College

I’d like to welcome you to our new student portal. I’m delighted that you are planning to join us in the near future.

This portal has been created to give you a feel for College life before you arrive with us. On this page, you will be able to request to join our new applicant Facebook group so you can start connecting with other people who could soon be your classmates.

There is also information on our support services and details on how to contact us with any concerns or queries you may have. We’re here to support you, so please do get in touch regarding anything you are unsure of or worried about.

Everyone at Hugh Baird College are excited to meet you soon.



You will soon receive an email and a text message reminder with details of your next steps to secure your place for September. The schedule for this is below:

If your offer DOES NOT depend on results you will obtain on GCSE Results Day:

You will receive an enrolment email between 20 and 24 July 2020 which will contain a link to complete an online enrolment form.

Following completion of the form, a member of our Curriculum Team will be in touch with you to arrange a short visit to campus at some stage in July or August.

If your offer DOES depend on results you will obtain on GCSE Results Day or some other condition you need to meet:

You will receive an enrolment email between 27 July 2020 and 7 August 2020 which will contain a link to complete an online enrolment form.

Following completion of the form, you will be required to attend an Enrolment Day (taking place from 20 August - GCSE Results Day). We will be in touch with you to let you know a time slot when we would like you to attend. At this Enrolment Day you will;

-- Confirm your place with a course tutor
-- Have any GCSE results or certificates of qualifications copied
-- Receive your start date and initial timetable

For Maths and English applicants aged 19+:

A tutor will be in touch soon with your next steps.

If you have any queries, please email our Admissions Team on:

Start Dates and Induction

You will start from Tuesday 1 September 2020. You will be given your specific start date and time once you have completed your enrolment.

Discover what's waiting for you!

We hope you're excited to be joining us. We're all looking forward to welcoming you to Hugh Baird College. It's time for you start Creating Your Story and taking your first steps on your journey to a successful career. To give you more of a feel for life at our vibrant College campuses, check out this video.

Keeping you safe is our top priority

A message from Hugh Baird College Principal, Rachael Hennigan:

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many differences between School and College:

  • You can wear what you want - aside from work wear for vocational lessons, you can wear your own clothes
  • You’re considered at treated as an adult
  • You won’t be in College 5 days a week - for an average full-time course, you can expect to be in College for 3 days a week
  • Not just traditional classrooms - if you enjoyed the art department and science labs at School because they didn’t look like a typical classroom, then you’ll love College
  • A less formal teaching style - all of our tutors are experienced in working with young adults and bring their own practical work experience into their classes
  • Getting you ready for work or uni - you will get more opportunities for work experience, mentors, guest speakers and tours/visits. This will give you a real taste of your chosen career on your next step to university.

Courses for students aged 16-18 are FREE. For those aged over 19, the cost of your course can vary based on your circumstances and other factors. If you would like more information, please email and we can arrange for a phone call to discuss your circumstances. Please title your email 'How much is my course?'.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Financial Support pages for more information.

Not necessarily. Those on a qualifying benefit who meet government criteria will not pay course fees. If you would like more information, please email and we can arrange for a phone call to discuss your circumstances. Please title your email 'Do I have to pay for my course if I'm on benefits?'.

Yes, as part of the bursary free meals are made available for eligible students. 16-18 year old students whose family income is less than £16,190 can apply for free meals (45 meals per week). Don’t worry if the family income is higher than this, the College also offers an option for 2 meals a week for higher earning families.

For more information tap the link below or visit The POD to complete an application form.

Yes, the 19+ and Advanced Learner Loan bursary support costs for adult learners. If you are on a benefit, or receive a low income, you can apply to this bursary for support with childcare costs up to a max of £150 per week (issued according to timetabled hours) for one child.

For more information tap the link below or visit The POD to complete an application form.

If you are aged under 20, the Ccollege can support you to apply for Care to Learn funding which will support with your childcare costs. Visit The POD and speak to one of the advisors for more information on how to apply. For more information visit:

Not necessarily, if you are on a low income you can apply for a Discretionary bursary which help support the cost of your course. You need to earn less than £22,000 and be able to evidence your annual income.

For more information tap the link below or visit The POD to complete an application form.

Please let your local authority know that you wish to attend Hugh Baird College and ask them to send us a copy of your EHCP as soon as possible. When we receive your plan, we can then start to plan how we can best support you on your course. Please make sure that you still apply to the college so that we can interview you to make sure that your desired course is the correct course and correct level for you.

Once you have been offered a place, a member of the Learner Support Team will contact you to discuss your needs and put together a support plan. If you have an EHCP and require further advice and guidance please email:

Please let us know of this as early as possible when you start college or at enrolment. We will need to gather evidence of your learning or medical needs in order to send to the exam board. We may also need to carry out our own assessment so that we can send a report to the exam board. If you have had exam access arrangements before, it is more than likely that you will still be eligible. The Joint Council For Qualifications (JCQ) set strict deadlines for exam access arrangements applications therefore, it is important that we receive all of the required evidence as early as possible.

There are a number of ways that you can inform us of your needs. You have the opportunity to state it on your application form, during your interview or at enrolment. It is best that we know as early as possible so that we can plan for your support in advance. You can also inform us once you have started your course. You can let your tutors or Progress Coach know and they can make a referral or you can refer yourself. We are also available in The POD on the ground floor of the Balliol Road Campus if you wish to call in to discuss once you have started your course.

We recognise the importance of working closely with learners who have dyslexia and have specially trained staff to assess, teach and support you. Support can come in different forms and this will be discussed when we meet you to put together an individualised support plan. The different forms of support can range from assistive technology to use in the classroom or to use at home to support you with your studies, additional tuition with an Additional Support Lecturer, specialist tuition with a tutor who specialises in dyslexia to equip you with strategies to work with more independence in the future, in class support and exam support if eligible.

We have a dedicated team of care staff who can offer personal care to those who require it. All staff are fully trained and experienced. If you let us know of your needs, a member of the team will contact you to put together a care plan to ensure that your needs will be met at College.

The Care Team also look after some of our more vulnerable students and offer social support during non-structured times such as lunch and break time.

This depends on your course. On most of our full-time courses you can expect to be in College for 3 days per week.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

Need more information or have a question?

If you have any queries in relation to your application/enrolment, courses or the College in general, we have staff from all subjects and support services who would be happy to help.

Simply email and we can ensure your query gets to the correct member of staff.

Meet other students

Join our Facebook Group specifically for students starting with us in September 2020.
It’s ideal for making new friends before you start, asking questions about college life and sharing info.

Request to join the group

Watch some of our recent Facebook Live Information Sessions on important Student Services you can access

Supporting you all the way

Coming to college is big change in your life, there’s so much information to take in, and so many different things to consider.

The important thing to remember: don’t worry. We’re here to help and support you through every part of your story – from questions about courses and financial help, to advice on personal issues and future career opportunities.


If you need support/advice with your mental health or wellbeing, you can access external services via our Mental Health Support Portal.

Support Portal

Financial Support

Worries over money and finance shouldn’t stop you from coming to College. We have a number of bursaries and packages available to you.

Find out more

Careers Advice

Our team of independent Careers Advisors are fully trained to help you find the perfect career option that suits you.

Email the team

Learner Support

We have specialist tutors, modern support software and highly-trained support staff. We support every single student, regardless of their challenges.

Find out more

360° Virtual Tours

Explore our campus with a 360° virtual tour. If you've ever wanted to check out what the campus looks like before you visit or start your journey with us, now you can from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned as we expand the virtual tours to include our other facilities.

If you have a VR headset, you can view the tour in Virtual Reality. Select a building to launch a tour:

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