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High School Liaison

About us

Bury College recognises the importance of working in partnership with schools, parents/carers and students to help individuals make informed choices about their future and further education.

Established for over 13 years Bury College’s High School Liaison Team works closely with high schools in Bury, Rochdale, Bolton, Manchester and Lancashire to provide information, advice and guidance on the options available for school leavers.  We actively work with students in Year 9 up to Year 11 to support their desicision making.  

Our High School Liaison Team is available to visit schools all year round to work with staff on events, careers fairs, parents and  options evenings, workshops and assembly presentations.  We also offer a comprehensive range of events and activities at the Bury College campus designed to inspire and motivate students.

Our team will inform both staff and pupils on the broad curriculum offer available and be responsible for developing an ongoing relationship with the staff.

We aim to help students make the transition into further education as easy as possible through support, guidance and advice on all the options available.


Meet the team

Gemma Lythgoe
Communication Officer – High School Liaison and Events Lead

Nicola Williams
Communication Officer


Programme of Activities

Bury College is delighted to introduce an exciting Programme of Activities aimed at all students considering studying apprenticeships, vocational or academic subjects at Bury College after their GCSEs. All of the activities are designed to challenge, excite and motivate students as well as encourage them to look into ways in which they can pursue their chosen career. If you would like to take advantage of this exciting new range of activities or arrange a tour of the Bury College campus, please do not hesitate to contact the High School Liaison Team on the details above.

Click here to download the new Programme of Activities 2016/17.

Free coach service

What is it?

The Bury College Free Return Coach is a service provided by Bury College to ensure safe and reliable transportation for students who live outside the borough of Bury.  Our services are available from Rochdale, Rawtenstall, Middleton, Littleborough, Heywood, Bolton, North Bury, Moston and North Manchester. The coach will stop at any designated bus stop along these routes. Please indicate to the driver that you wish the coach to stop.

Who is eligible?

Full-time Bury College students living within the areas where the services currently run are all eligible to use the service. Entry onto the coach requires a valid Bury College ID Badge which is provided at enrolment.

Click here for further details


Frequently asked questions

  1.  How is college different from school?  College is different from school in a number of ways.  For example, your timetable is unique to you individually based on the courses you have chosen.  There is no uniform (unless you are studying a trade related course that required protective clothing or you need a kit for physical activity) and you won't ever hear a bell ring.  You will be treated like an adult and we have an ethos of mutual respect.
  2. What is the difference between Sixth Form and College?  A Sixth Form traditionally only offers A Level subjects or subjects at Level 3.  A college is much more inclusive and diverse in the range of subjects and levels on offer.
  3. What options are available for school leavers?  We have three routes available at Bury College: A Levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships.  A Levels are a two year Level 3 course.  You will choose four AS subjects to study in your first year and students typically carry three or four of these onto A Level in the second year.  A Levels are usually exam based and may include coursework depending on the subject.  A Levels are a great way to keep your options open.  Vocational courses are more practial base and are specific to a chosen subject and career route.  You will choose just one vocational course to study and will complete a number of units to pass the course.  You will achievem a pass, merit, distinction or distinction star for each unit which then contributes to your overall grade.  Vocational courses are assessed through coursework and practical assessment, however some courses may include exams.  Apprenticeships involve working towards a qualification whilst in a job.  You will be employed and paid a wage whilst you train and work towards achieving your qualification.  You choose just one apprenticeship as it is a full-time job (at least 30 hours a week).  You may be required to attend college one day a week and your personal assessor will visit you in the workplace to support your learning.
  4. How often will I attend college?  Your attendance at college is based on the course you have chosen.  A Levels are traditionally 18 hours per week plus a 1 hour tutorial.  Vocational courses range from 15-18 hours per week.  There is no formal morning registration at Bury College.
  5. What enrichment opportunities do you have?  Enrichment is a great way to make friends and get involved in college life.  We have a wide range of clubs and activities that run throughout the college year.  Provision varies each year but may include: competitive sports (football, basketball and rugby), Glee Club, career workshops, first aid training and self defence.


Useful links

•  Bury College Full-time Courses Video


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