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Parents Information

My son/daughter is looking to achieve grades 7-9 (equivalent to A/A*) at GCSE; is there anything for them at College?

Yes, if your son/daughter knows what career path they want to follow or what subject they would like to study at university, College can offer them a work-based, career-led route to achieving their ambitions.
Extended Diploma courses at LMC are equivalent to three A-Levels and provide all the theory and understanding required to get to university, as well as all the practical skills and experience needed to gain employment.
With opportunities for work experience across Europe and in the UK, additional qualifications and support for independent learning, full-time programmes at LMC provide a mature, responsible route to higher education or employment.

If my son/daughter completes a vocational qualification, can they still go to university?

Yes. Extended Diploma courses at LMC are equivalent to three A-Levels and provide all the theory and understanding required to get to university, as well as all the practical skills and experience needed to get into work. Around 200 of our Extended Diploma students choose to progress onto university locally, nationally and internationally.

I’ve heard that students manage their own learning at College. How can I be sure my son/daughter is doing enough work to pass?

Parents of current students are able to access Moodle, our online virtual learning environment. You can view College resources as often as you like and be confident of your son/daughter's progress.
Each student has a personal tutor who meets with them every week to discuss their progress and any issues. Tutors will also stay in touch with you via regular progress reports and parents’ evenings, and you can also contact them at any time during the year.

What happens if my son/daughter requires some additional learning support?

We provide a range of learning support for students and make every effort to meet their specific requirements. Support may include one-to-one support in the classroom, access to specialist equipment or learning materials provided in Braille, large print or audio files. It may also include help getting around or a sign language communicator.
We have a wide range of specialist equipment available for students including: large screen monitors, laptop computers, PCs with speech recognition software, Brailler, radio aids, portable loops, hand held tape recorders, one handed keyboards and ergonomic chairs.
If you are able to make us aware of any specific needs before they start at College, we can arrange for any support or specialist equipment to be available from their first day with us.

What resources are available at College to help my son/daughter with their learning?

We have a fantastic Student and Learning Centre - The Hex - where they will have access to a range of resources to help with assignments and knowledgeable staff to help them get the best results.
Right at the heart of the campus, it has all the usual resources you’d expect; laptops, PCs, Macs and Macbooks, iPads and Wi-Fi, which is available across College. Books, newspapers, journals, magazines and DVDs are also available to use or borrow. There are also digital cameras, digital video cameras and e-pens. We work closely with the Students' Union and their space in the Student Lounge is a space where students can work and relax between lectures.

What will my son/daughter learn at College alongside their course?

LMC provides an extensive tutorial programme covering issues such as equality and diversity awareness, sustainability and healthy living. We also provide careers guidance, including UCAS applications, CV writing, personal finance and budgeting, plus a number of inter-active workshops exploring university, employment and further training opportunities.
All LMC students follow our 'Curriculum Model', to help them develop skills to complement their programme of study and prepare them to enter the world of work, or further training, fully equipped to follow their chosen career path.

Does the practical emphasis of College courses limit my son/daughter’s future options?

Courses at LMC are designed to offer our students the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to begin a career in the area of their choice. Universities and employers often welcome the additional capability and skills gained on vocational courses, where students gain practical experience of the industry and workplace, not just an ‘academic’ understanding.
If they has a clear idea of what they would like to achieve - be it university study, employment or learning particular skills - LMC can offer the course that’s right for them.
All of our students also have the opportunity to study Functional Skills; which includes English, Maths and IT.

How much does a College course cost?

Students aged 16-18 can study a full-time programme at College FREE of charge. 
Students aged 19 and over may also be eligible in some cases to study for FREE; please contact our Student Services team for more information on
0800 306 306 or email info@lmc.ac.uk.
We also offer a FREE Bus Service to full time students from areas including Barrow, Ulverston, Kendal, Windermere, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe & Grange-over-Sands.

My son/daughter is not sure what they want to do after school, can you help?

At LMC we have trained advisers who can give impartial advice and guidance to help them to decide on next steps after school, whether that's A Levels, a vocational course or an apprenticeship. Student services can help with information about courses, applications, enrolment and careers guidance.
Call 0800 306 306 for more information.

What do LMC students go on to after College?

9 out of 10 LMC students progress on to University, employment or further study upon completion of their course.
We are proud to have links with local H.E. providers, including Lancaster University, UCLan and University of Cumbria. See our Higher Education information for more details about our partner universities.
Our Alumni network of former LMC students includes graduates, entrepreneurs and even Olympic athletes. Take a look at the LMC Alumni Profiles to read all about the successes of past LMC students.