Worried about your GCSEs creeping up? 

GCSEs are creeping up and, with that, the worry about what if you haven’t done enough revision or can’t remember the right answers when you’re sitting in the exam. 

You're not alone, every year countless GCSE students worry about their exams and, while a small amount of stress can motivate you to revise, you need to look after yourself and deal with stress to ensure it doesn’t negatively affect your performance. 

Too much stress causes headaches, lack of sleep, loss of appetite and an increased heart rate. Sleep helps you to remember what you’ve revised so making sure you get 8 hours sleep each night is more important now than ever. Eating healthy food and avoiding stimulants like coffee or coca cola will help replenish your body and mind and taking some exercise will help you concentrate after it. 

However, it’s not all ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ - did you know dark chocolate releases endorphins and fights off the stress hormone cortisol? 

Listening to music can help you start each day’s revision – classical music is said to improve brain power or, if you prefer, practicing meditation by giving your mind some space and closing your eyes for a short while before you start can help you focus better when you are studying. 

Your revision plan is most likely already underway. Just to mention, there are lots of mobile apps you can download for free to help you structure it if it’s not going well; just search for free mobile revision aps or, if you prefer, use a hard copy revision timetable, simply ticking off what you’ve done each day feels good! 

If the amount of revision you have to do is too much, try prioritising and write quick summaries at the end of each topic to see if you can remember the key points on no more than one page of A4 paper. These quick summaries could be a big help and trigger recollection the night before the exam.

It's important to understand how to deal with stress so that the pressure doesn’t become too much and feeling tired and weak isn’t good for brain function or staying positive.

Try to ensure you are doing all or some of the above to keep worries at bay – if you can’t help worrying about what you’ll do if you don’t get the results you want, spend one of your much needed breaks considering alternatives. There’s more than one route to most careers. In fact, you could also apply to college even if you have already applied elsewhere and keep your options open. Did you know data released by the DfE indicated that Stanmore College is the best performing Level 3 vocational college in North/West London? You could apply to Stanmore College online via stanmore.ac.uk or check out our study programmes at http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/vocational-study-guides.

If some of your friends are feeling the stress, why not forward this to them so they can have a look at the range of study programmes available.

We wish you well with your studies and for the future and, should you require any careers advice, do not hesitate to get in touch.   

 

“Maths is both the door and key to success” 

At Stanmore College, we’re focused on adding maths into all our subjects which can improve your career prospects and make employers and/or universities want you.

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Whether you’re learning how to build websites, carrying out experiments in a lab, calculating a business profit or loss, measuring medicinal dosages, or building engineering blueprints – you need a strong grounding in maths to do this and at Stanmore College, you have the opportunity to learn vital numerical skills.

As many of the UK’s top universities require good maths grades, our courses help put you at the front of the queue for clearing

We believe achieving Success in Maths can help you achieve your potential! 

Why is maths important?

Poor numeracy is a huge problem in its own right. People who struggle to use numbers may feel embarrassed by their difficulties, and this can affect their confidence and self-esteem. They may be reluctant to apply for a more demanding job with a higher salary. Adults with poor numeracy skills are twice as likely to be unemployed than those who enjoy some competency in numeracy.  

Adults with at least basic numeracy skills can expect to earn a quarter more than those who lack the necessary skills to solve basic mathematical problems. 

Furthermore they are less likely to be able to find or negotiate the best deals on financial products and therefore more likely to pay higher levels of interest on higher levels of debt so live a lower quality lifestyle. It is well documented that debt problems can lead to stress and/or depression.

At Stanmore College we believe that everybody has the ability to master basic numeracy and we will help our students to do just that to make them more employable and successful. 

Numbers are everywhere and in everything

Knowing how to use numbers in a job helps you get better at learning complicated things which greatly improves your chances of progressing in your career and increasing your salary. 

>> What use is maths in getting a job?
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How maths can 'add "£2,100" to your salary.

Here are some fun websites showing how maths is used in many industries:
>> Barclays Code Playground - knowing your numbers can make an electronic chicken lay 12 eggs per minute!
>> Can you put the engineering pieces in place to walk to the dog? 

Maths isn't just confined to the classroom and your workplace - the importance of calculating numbers and understanding equations can be applied into almost every area of life, like: 

>> Calculating your budget
>> How to calculate your bills and knowing where to save money.
>> Are you being taxed correctly? Calculate your correct take home pay.  

More money in the pocket means more fun things to spend it on!   

If you want to improve your maths, we can help though our range of courses infused with the numerical skills you need to succeed.

>> L1 Functional Skills Mathematics 
>> L2 Functional Skills Mathematics 
>> GCSE Mathematics
>> GCSE Statistics
>> L3 Certificate in Mathematics 
>> GCSE Maths retake

Remember, Success In Maths could ADD up to a great future for you by MULTIPLYING your skills and SUBTRACTING your weaknesses!

The Wealdstone football team, which consists of players from Stanmore College, progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over St Albans City.

 Wealdstone progressed courtesy of two fantastic long range goals which can be seen by clicking the image below:

 Wealdstone Video Screen

The team now face Boreham Wood in the next round this Monday (17 October 2016) and hoping to progress further in the competition.

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Here at Stanmore College, we believe in supporting you to gain qualifications, improve your career prospects and make employers and/or universities want you!

cashpicOur mission is to provide high quality teaching and learning so that learners develop transferable skills and achieve their full potential. And this could apply to you too.  

To get you to where you want to be, we offer innovative teaching and learning: Did you know that the Department for Education’s latest Performance Tables revealed that Stanmore College is the best performing Level 3 Vocational College in North/West London?

We offer a range of vocational courses to choose from which include work experience in a company related to your studies. Our courses develop your skills and get you involved in the industry you have chosen to study in by including:

>> visits to related companies and exhibitions
>> expert speakers
>> industry days and other events
>> volunteer work to further improve technical and employability skills.

As an added incentive, we’re equipping young learners with the following* to support them in achieving their very best:

>> Your very own laptop/tablet
>> Gym membership

>> Office 365
>> Free breakfast/lunch
>> Wi-Fi
>> £50 to set-up a Social Enterprise Initiative

With high quality teaching and support, we’re equipping you to achieve!

*To apply for a course or to view terms and conditions, please visit www.stanmore.ac.uk/grand

There's a big choice to make for students finishing school this summer - stick with what you know or go on an exciting adventure at Stanmore college!

Here's "10 reasons why college is different to school".

 

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Employability

We all know that the job market is competitive and experience goes a long way to getting a foot on the ladder whether it’s towards a career or a university place. That’s why Stanmore College doesn’t just offer courses now, it’s all about Study Programmes as, while these still have the core qualification taken over 2 years (which is equivalent in size and difficulty to three A level qualifications but more practically based, a study programme also includes a work placement, visits to related industries, careers events, expert speakers, English and maths if students don’t already have them at the level employers need, curriculum and extra-curriculum related enrichment and, just as important, employability skills.

Our young people tell us that both being employable and getting the right experience are of crucial importance to them; the reasons why young people choose a particular college or to remain in school are changing. We believe in listening to our students as well as keeping an eye on what’s happening in the wider world and, in response we want to do all we can to ensure that we provide what they are asking for to help them to progress in life.

Financial support

Financial support is also becoming increasingly important and rising up the student agenda, most likely as a response to changes made to the student finance system over the past year. Stanmore College has a responsive Inclusion Team to help our students. Our Careers Advisors work closely with students to provide information, advice and guidance to help them decide from the options available to them depending on the career they wish to pursue and remind them what they need to get that job, or if university, how many UCAS points they need and where they can apply to with the points they hope to get. That’s also where teachers come into it – challenging students to do their very best to widen these options and passing on the high expectations and confidence needed to help students to achieve as many UCAS points as they possibly can, or if it’s employment, passing on useful tips and links to help see young people through to their chosen industry.

Opportunities for Adults

In relation to adults who want to return to study or progress at work, we urge them not to let tuition fees stand in their way and we are happy to provide information on applying for a government loan called an Advanced Learning Loan for those who are 19 or older and studying a Level 3 or above course including Access to Higher Education. Many people are not aware that, if eligible, they don’t have to make any repayments until their income is over £21,000 a year and, in addition, if they progress from an Access course to a complete Higher Education Degree, they could have their outstanding Advanced Learning Loan for the Access course written off so they do not need to repay it at all.

Conclusion

If you are thinking like the majority of young people today, when choosing where to study after your GCSEs, factors associated with the experience you will have, particularly employment and financial support services, are forefront in your mind. Don’t feel inhibited to pass on this feedback and request the information that you need to help you make decisions. If there any queries that we can assist you with, please contact us via our website or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will be happy to respond.

We wish you well, whatever your choice!

Do people really have careers in sport?!

Yes, far more people than you may realise have great careers in sport. Just think about it, doing what you love every day!

Q: What could I become? And could I go to university?

A: Well, where do I start? How about the list below to begin with. Many of these are undergraduate degree courses but there are also lots of opportunities to go straight into employment.

If you’d like more information on any of these careers, a typical day in them or the qualifications you’d ned, click here. You’ll notice the site even has a jobs board!

Q: So if i did sport at college, where could I then do one of these undergraduate degrees and how would I choose a university?

A: Many universities offer sport-based undergraduate degrees, some of which are within Greater London. Sporty students enjoy research-led training from staff who are on the cutting edge of their professions. They use laboratory and sports facilities and are offered opportunities for study abroad and national/international work placements. Many are also offered work placements for premier football clubs, the the London Sports Trust, and Quiksilver. If that’s what you want to do and if you like to plan well ahead, just check out the Complete University Guide to find the right university course for you.

At Stanmore College, we have an experienced sports team with many links in industry, and international football for that matter, and a dedicated careers adviser who is here to help our students, not just with decisions like this, but right down to completion of their UCAS forms to help them get a place at the university they choose. You’ll still have to work hard but studying an area, we hope you’ll enjoy.

Q: Okay, so how do I move onto sport course from high school?

A: One place you could start is by checking out the Sport Study Programme, and if you feel this is the route you’d like to take, simply Apply Now and we will soon be in touch to invite you in to speak to our sports specialists about the best route for you.

It’s about keeping your options open and making the right choice for you. We won’t tell you what to do, just what’s available and what Stanmore College can offer you.

Q: Worried now! Erm… unsure about whether to stay on where I am

A: That’s okay too – as above, we won’t tell you what to do, just what’s available, so no need to worry!

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