Information for parents

Welcome to Barnet and Southgate College

 Why college and not sixth form?

Whether your son or daughter is seeking to follow an academic or vocational route, progress to higher education, enhance their job prospects or they just want to continue their education, Barnet and Southgate College will have a course to suit their needs. College provides that necessary bridge to university; broadening students outlook, giving them the chance to meet a new set of peers in a more mature and independent environment, it also offers a broad range of support mechanisms.

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Real preparation for employment

Recent independent research commissioned by the Association of Colleges (AoC) found that parents admit they are struggling to give the right advice to prepare young people for the world of work, the  Barnet and Southgate College  REED NCFE Employment Zone  has been developed with this research in mind;  training students to understand how the world of work operates. Through the REED NCFE Employment Zone, students are taught how to think and behave in a work environment, improve their interview skills and be given careers advice and work experience. In a recent survey of 1,264 employers conducted by REED, 97% put the workplace ‘mind-set’ element ahead of skills, as something they look for when recruiting. In a further study of 30,000 CVs, Reed found that demonstrating a workplace mind-set on a CV “tripled your chances of getting and keeping” the best jobs.

Impressive facilities

We have been ranked as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in many areas and have excellent, state-of-the-art facilities at many of our campuses. The wide variety of  industry standard study environments and training facilities on offer include; science labs, a mechatronics centre, a commercial hair salon , motor vehicle workshops , and electrical workshops.

See parents' first impressions of the College from our most recent Parents' Forum:



Route to Higher Education and Professional Development

Many of our courses have impressive links to local Universities and the commercial sector; our central aim is to prepare students for higher education or the world of work, whilst at the same time providing a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to learn. We are one of the largest Colleges in North London providing a wide range of academic and vocational courses, many of which are directly linked to local employers and universities.  And our curriculum is as diverse as our students; from GCSEs and A Levels  to professional qualifications and Higher Education , from basic maths and literacy  to vocational training, in everything from catering  and construction , to hairdressing  and motorsport .  The College actively encourages and helps younger students to be independent and responsible for their own future success; receiving expert guidance on potential career options, further education and employment opportunities. Our wide range of HE and professional courses means that your child will have future progression opportunities within the College if it suits them better to stay within the local, friendly environment of college rather than university.

Read what some of our students say about coming to Barnet and Southgate College



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