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If your son/daughter/young person in your care is in Year 11 (or even year 10 or earlier!) and you are helping them research post-16 options, find out how to get the most out of College open evenings.

1. Don’t delay

Go along to open evenings as soon as possible, as they can really help with decisions about which college or sixth form to apply to. Next September may seem a long way away to many teenagers, but schools and colleges tend to hold open evenings in the autumn term ready for courses starting the following year.

2. Do your research

Have a good look round the website or a prospectus beforehand if possible, so you can prepare a few questions for the day.

3. Get involved!

If there are talks or tours, do encourage your son or daughter to get involved. They may be shy at this stage, but it’s a great way for both you and them to get a well-rounded view of what’s on offer.

Have a look at the type of classrooms/workshops/labs available. See what the café, library and computer facilities are like, and ask about sports clubs and Students’ Union activities. 

4. Talk to us!

The staff at open events have a wealth of knowledge about their subject areas and will be very happy to answer your questions. Often there will be specialist advisers to talk about finance, student support, apprenticeships and more, so feel free to bring that list of questions along with you!

Where possible, encourage your son or daughter to chat directly to staff.

At some events you’ll also get chance to meet current students – the insight they can give is priceless!  Even if there isn’t someone on the specific course your son or daughter is interested in, they’ll give a good idea of what life at college is really like and they can make school leavers feel at home before they’ve even applied. They can also explain what the style of learning is like and how it’s different to school.

5. After the event

Aim to have a chat about how the open evening went and discuss next steps while it’s still fresh in your minds. What options were available which suit most, e.g. study programmes or apprenticeships?

Now is the time to apply if they’ve made a decision.

Or, if your son or daughter still isn’t sure what to do, they can also speak to their school careers adviser or Wirral Met’s Student Advisers.

Career Coach can help you find your ideal career, by providing you with current information about wages, employment prospects and the number of job posting across the local area.

  • See which courses lead to your dream career
  • Find out how much you can earn
  • Take a look at specific job roles linked to the career you are interested in, and see how many people work in that sector
  • Find out how many jobs there are locally (across Wirral, Liverpool, Merseyside, Chester)
  • Take a look at live job vacancies that you can apply for online
  • Build your CV to use with your job applications

Click here to take advantage of this online careers tool !



 At Wirral Met College, your son or daughter will be treated as a young adult and we provide them with the firm monitoring and support that they need to help them prepare for apprenticeships, jobs and university. 

Wirral Met College is committed to building strong links with all local schools. We provide impartial information and advice about the full range of education and training opportunities available to young people at 14-16, post 16 and higher education level to prospective students and their parents and guardians.

If your school/college is hosting a careers convention, parents’ evening, drop-in session or assembly, please let us know if you would like us to attend. We can provide information about all of the courses at Wirral Met College and how to apply. We can also arrange tours of the college for groups of students during term time.

Talks, presentations or workshops

We can also provide talks, presentations or workshops on a range of topics including:

An Introduction to Further Education

Suitable for students in year 10 and 11, this interactive workshop will help your students focus on the need to start thinking about their plans for post 16 education.

Choosing the Right Study Programme at 16+

Helping your years 10 or 11 students to make decisions about their post 16 plans and how this will influence their future career choices.

Life as a student in Wirral

What is it really like to study at Wirral Met?  Our students can talk to your students about real life at the College about further &/or higher education.

Studying for a Degree at Wirral Met

Suitable for your year 12 and 13 students, this presentation will outline the opportunities to study at degree, HND / HNC and foundation degree level locally.

Specific Subject Area?

If you would be interested in a workshop or lecture focusing on a specific course or subject area, please contact us and we will do our best to arrange it.

Contact us

For general schools liaison contact us here


We want you to enjoy your time at college and we are here to help. If you need support, just let us know!

Pastoral Support Mentors support you with

  • Personal issues
  • Problems relating to finance
  • Childcare
  • Accommodation
  • Family issues
  • Time management
  • Study support to help you keep up with your work.

For more details, speak to the Student Services team on 0151 551 7777

 Wirral Met College is fully accessible - for details, click Disabled Go Accessibility Information.

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

The Additional Learning Support team are here to support students to be as successful as possible. We have a team of over 60 highly trained and qualified staff, including Specialist Tutors, Communication Support Workers and Learning Support Assistants.

We work with students across all subject areas and levels. We provide support for a wide range of disabilities, learning difficulties and special educational needs, including:

  • Dyslexia/Dyspraxia
  • Moderate/Complex Learning Difficulties
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Autism Spectrum, Asperger's Syndrome
  • Being Blind or Partially Sighted
  • Physical Difficulties
  • Being D/deaf or Hard of Hearing

Wirral Met College is accessible - for details, click Disabled Go Accessibility Information

You will receive a confidential assessment from a qualified, specialist tutor. They can assess your needs, and work with you to decide what kind of support will help you. This may simply be the loan of some specialist equipment or software. It may be some additional teaching, or perhaps one-to-one support in the classroom or around the college.

Some students only need a small amount of support to help them get on track. Others require longer term support to help them reach their full potential.


Support for students with special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities (SEND)

Click here for Local Offer Information – Support for students with special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities.

Wirral Met College is accessible - for details, click Disabled Go Accessibility Information


Support for Young People who have been looked after by their Local Authority

Wirral Met College offers a range of support to young people who are currently or have previously been looked after by their Local Authority. Click here for details.



By having access to this service, students who may otherwise have felt unable to carry on with their education can continue and succeed. Our qualified counsellors support students with a variety of challenges including:

  • Family problems or relationship difficulties
  • Major life changes, unplanned pregnancy
  • Pressures related to course/exams
  • Stress, anxiety, depression
  • Loss and bereavement 


Contact us!

If you would like to speak to someone about your needs, in confidence, please call 0151 551 7435.

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