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Life at Franklin

Life at Franklin

Everything you need to know

Your time at Franklin College will certainly be different from school and a great transition towards university, work or further study.

For the first time you will be able to choose your own study programme around the subjects you most enjoy and excel at. While most important your time at college is not just about your academic studies. You will receive tailored support helping you develop your skills, work towards your desired future and have fun.

Have a look at the sections below to give you an insight about your at Franklin.

Getting to College – Franklin runs five bus services to help you get to college. Full details are on our transport page.

Timetables – Classes run between 9am – 4.20pm. The college is open before and after classes if you arrive early or need to stay late. Most students will take three subjects, in each of which you will have three lessons per week lasting 1.5 hours. Your timetable will also include a session with your progress coach. You will likely have several free periods.

Progress Coaches – Your Progress Coach is your first port of call if you have any concerns while you are college. They are there to support you throughout your time at college and will chase you if you are missing classes or underperforming. Each week you will attend a tutorial session to keep you in touch with wider college life and learning a range of valuable skills.

Free periods – Being at college during free periods isn't compulsory, many students will schedule part time work, voluntary work or work experience during these slots. However, your subject tutors will set you work each week in addition to wider reading, revision and assignments. In order to do well you will need to spend about 15 hours a week on this work. You can do that at home but also in the Learning Resource Centre or the Buzz during your free periods. Why take extra work home? The LRC has all of the books you need and loads of computers.there are a range of other areas in which you can socialise with friends.

Enrichment Activties – Franklin runs many activities and clubs that you can get involved in. This is a great way to make friends, have fun and learn new skills. There is something for everyone whether you are into sport, music, drama, art, journalism or arts & crafts. You can also apply to join one of our career academies for great work related experiences. These activities are essential for building on your Employability Passport, which you'll be told all about during tutorial times and lessons. 

Trips & Visits - As part of your studies you can take part in trips and visits, locally, nationally and internationally, within your chosen subjects and enrichment activities. Former students have visited WW1 Battlefields in France and Belgium, completed fieldwork in Tenerife, visited Auschwitz, attend conferences at Eurodisney and explored Harry Potter World among many others.

Your future – Whether you would like to go on to university, work or further study you will be supported with your application every step of the way. Franklin has a dedicated careers advisor who organises a huge careers event each, weekly Professionals’ working lunches and is hand for one-to-one support. You can book an appointment in your free time and explore your options.

Other bits – College is fun. Throughout the year there are lots of things going on. We regularly have music in the covered courtyard, charity appeals, drama performances, awards night and much more. Get involved.

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