New Students & Start Dates

We're really looking forward to seeing you in September!
On this page you'll find information to help you before you arrive at College on your first day.

Start dates

Find out the date of your first day with us.

Check your start date

Getting here

Not sure how you're going to get to College? We've bundled together all of the local transport routes and options for you.

How to find us

Where do I go?

When you arrive on your first day, make your way to the Balliol building reception (Balliol Road Campus students) or the main reception (South Sefton Campus students), where staff will be on hand to point you in the right direction.

Financial Support

We've got a number of different packages that can help you with course fees, travel and childcare.

Find out more

Get Social

Get up to date with all the latest goings-on and keep in the loop about upcoming events.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

Learner Support

For those with additional support needs, we can support you with a range of specialist programmes, modern support software and highly trained support staff.

Find out more

Social Campus

Join your Facebook social campus group.

This isn't our main Facebook page, instead we've created closed groups especially for you. Select a group applicable to you and request to join:

Balliol Road Campus A-levels University Centre

Start Dates

The dates below are your Induction Days.
Your timetabled course lessons will start the following week.

Further Education (FE) - Balliol Road Campus

All Level 1 courses:
Monday 2nd September 2019, 8:45am.

All Level 2 courses:
Wednesday 4th September 2019, 8:45am (includes returning/progressing learners).

Except - Award in Support Work in School & Colleges - Level 2:
Monday 9th September 2019, 9:30am

And - Adult Learners on Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce - Level 2:
Wednesday 12th September 2019, 9:30am

All Level 3 courses:
Friday 6th September 2019, 8:45am (includes returning/progressing learners).

Except - Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning CACHE (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3:
Tuesday 10th September 2019, 9:30am

A-levels - South Sefton Campus

Year 12 (new students):
Wednesday 4th September 2019, 8:45am.

Year 13 (returning students)
Thursday 5th September 2019, 8:45am.

Access to A Levels (new students):
Friday 6th September 2019, 8:45am.

Year 10:
Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 8:45am.

Year 11:
Wednesday 4th September 2019, 8:45am.

Access to Higher Education:
Monday 9th September 2019, 10am.

New undergraduates (Foundation Entry and Foundation Degree Year 1):
Tuesday 10th September 2019, 10am.

Returning undergraduates (Foundation Degree Year 2 and Top up):
Wednesday 11th September 2019, 10am.


We've put together a handy list of frequently asked questions that are commonly asked when starting life at College. If you have a question that isn’t answered below then please get in touch and we will happily answer it for you.

Of course! If you would like to arrange a visit to the College and see where you will be studying, just give us a call to arrange a convenient date and time: 0151 353 4444 or email

Don't worry! We know that sometimes people change their minds or realise they’ve made a mistake, that’s why we have Right Choice Week!

This event takes place week during September and is your chance to let us know how you’re getting on here at the College. If you feel the course isn’t for you, then don’t worry. We will work with you to find you a course that is.

During this week, you will receive a one to one review meeting with your Tutor or Study Programme Coordinator. You will discuss your personal strengths and goals and review your experience and personal performance to date. Targets will be agreed at this stage which will be reviewed at the next formal one to one meeting. Your Tutor or Study Programme Coordinator may refer you for further support from experts across the College.

It is normal that students may not have lessons scheduled at certain times of the day. During this time you do not need to be in College but all students are encouraged to use the time to study or make use of our facilities.

If you are ill you must inform your Tutor or Study Programme Coordinator by either phone or email.

Contact information will be provided by your Tutor or Study Programme Coordinator. To contact the College ring 0151 353 4444 you will be presented with the “Welcome to Hugh Baird College” greeting and then provided with a series of options. Selecting the third option will allow you to choose which department to report the absence to.

We recognise that genuine illness may sometimes prevent 100% attendance, but normally a minimum of 95% attendance is required if you are to remain on your course.

Typically, a full College day is 9am - 4pm. You may have some classes that start later or finish earlier - your timetable will detail this.

You will receive your timetable during your first week, Induction Week.