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FAQs

We’re happy to answer each and every one of your questions to help you get the clearest picture of what life will be like at Hopwood Hall College.

This way you can rest-assured that you are picking the course that's right for you and your individual circumstances.

Please read our frequently asked questions to find answers about everything from applying to financial learning support. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we’re more than happy to answer individual queries through our live chat.

What are T-Levels?

T-Levels are the revolutionary new qualifications now being offered by Hopwood Hall College. They have proven to be extremely popular, largely because they combine classroom learning with a 45-day work placement.

Due to the huge demand, we'll be offering more T-Levels in the near future. Please keep an eye on our website for when these are announced.

In the meantime, you can find information on our current T-Levels by clicking HERE.

What kind of courses do you offer?

We offer a wide range of full-time vocational courses for school leavers. You can apply for an Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 qualification, with full-time courses lasting between 1 - 2 years.

There is a course for everyone at Hopwood Hall College and we will work with you to understand which course is best for you and your career aspirations.

When can I apply?

You will be able to apply for a course from October 2021. Our courses are very popular and this year we have had a record-breaking number of applications.

Due to this, we would strongly recommend that people submit their applications as soon as possible.

How do I apply for a course?

There are several ways in which you can submit an application. You can do so through our website, via a paper application or through the application portal Xello.

If you have any questions about your application you can contact our admissions team by emailing enquiries@hopwood.ac.uk.

Please note that for our selection of short online courses, you can simply register your interest by emailing vle@hopwood.ac.uk.

What if I can't decide on a course?

We understand that choosing a course is a very big deal. However, we would always advise you to submit your application as soon as possible to secure your place at the college.

If you later change your mind, we'll work with you to ensure that you're moved to the course that's right for you.

Will my course be taught at Rochdale or Middleton?

We have two campuses – both of which feature state of the art facilities and their own distinctive features.

When choosing a course, you'll be able to see whether it is taught at Rochdale or Middleton. If you're unsure, please get in touch at enquiries@hopwood.ac.uk.

What will my timetable look like?

Your college timetable will look very different from a school college. You won't be required to attend five days a week, sometimes you won't have full days on campus and you might even have free periods.

Will I need to wear a uniform?

Some courses do require some sort of uniform. However, this will be more practical-based and won't look anything like the uniforms you currently wear for school.

The following courses require uniform: Animal Care/Management, Veterinary Nursing, Applied Science, Laboratory Science, Performing Arts, Dance, Health & Social Care, Early Years, Sport, Football Academy, Fitness Academy, Rugby Academy, Uniformed Public Services, Mechanical Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Painting & Decorating, Plastering, Plumbing, Sport Science, Electrical Installation, Carpentry & Joinery, Brickwork and Multi-Skills.

What about my entry requirements?

Our entry requirements vary from course to course. Please see individual courses for more information about the grades you will require to be accepted onto the course.

When can I look around the college?

We love nothing more than showing future students around our campuses in Rochdale and Middleton. Unfortunately, government guidance means we are unable to do this at this time.

Our next Open Day will take place on Thursday 5th August. We are planning for this to take place in-person and would advise you to register to attend this when more details are released on our website on Friday.

Until then, be sure to take our interactive campus tours!

Can I get help with my learning?

Yes. We have a team of staff ready to help. We can arrange all the support needed prior to the start of your course. Make sure you let us know on your application and we’ll be in touch.

You can also contact the Learning Support Team by email at:Learning.Support@hopwood.ac.uk

What financial support is available?

We have a range of financial bursaries available depending on your individual circumstances, visit our Fees / Finance page here for further details or contact our Student and College Services team by calling 0161 643 7560 or by emailing enquiries@hopwood.ac.uk to discuss your options.

How do I get to Hopwood Hall College and University Centre?

Both Middleton and Rochdale campuses are very accessible. Hopwood Hall is well served by a combination of public bus routes, Metrolink, trains and our 8 FREE college bus service routes too.

You can find out more information on the routes HERE.

How do I get in touch with someone when Hopwood Hall College is closed?

We regularly update our website and social media channels with all the latest information as we receive it. We have also set up live chat options and our telephone lines operate Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Call 0161 643 7560 to be put through to a member of staff.

What else is there for me to do at Hopwood Hall College?

All our students have access to FREE gym membership and fitness classes at our Sports Arena, which can be used any time the gym is open. You can use it even on weekends and evenings.

You'll also love our Enrichment and Learner Voice - where there truly is something for everyone!

I have a learning difficulty and/disability. What additional support will be available to me at College?

Hopwood Hall has a Learning Support Team to provide the support required to learners who have a learning need eg. Special Educational Need (SEN) and/or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

If you have an EHCP, your Local Education Authority SEN Team should provide a copy of your EHC plan to the College.

You can also contact the Learning Support Team by email at: Learning.Support@hopwood.ac.uk

What support is available to students with a SEN need and/or EHCP?

We will discuss your support needs and requirements with you, making decisions based on the support you had in school previously and the support required in College to help you learn and settle in.

Learning Support work closely with teaching staff in College and parents/carers to ensure that we are working together to best meet your needs in College.

Types of support available include:

  • Support for transition and help to settle into campus
  • In class support eg. learning, communication, organisation and progress on your course
  • Out of class support for unstructured times eg. meet and greet/accompany to class, lunch and break times, lunchtime clubs
  • Quiet rooms manned by support staff
  • Study skills/social skills and help to make friends
  • Assistive technology
  • Exams Access Arrangements eg. reader, scribe, extra time
  • Personal care rooms

I need help with my personal statement. What can you suggest?

We realise that putting together a personal statement can feel rather daunting. Due to this, we've compiled our top tips to help you with the process.

Please take some time to read them HERE. They're really handy for ensuring your personal statement has the wow factor!

I would like to apply for a Certificate in Employability skills to enhance my CV but I have a learning difficulty, will I receive any help and support?

We have a dedicated team on hand to support you at Hopwood Hall College. Together we will assess your individual needs and provide any additional help you may require.

If you have a specific question about our Virtual Open Days, simply get in touch.

0161 643 7560