Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together answers to some common questions about the support we offer.

General Questions:

  • What are your office hours?

    What are your office hours?

    The Reception team are on duty from 8.30am – 4.30pm. If you need to get in touch with the College outside of this time, please leave a message on the answer machine and a member of staff will call you back at the earliest opportunity.

  • Where are you based?

    Where are you based?

    We have several sites, mostly in Leicestershire.

     

    Our main site is at 217 Loughborough Road in Mountsorrel.

     

    We also have educational sites in Sileby and run our enterprises in Barrow upon Soar and Mountsorrel.

     

    We also have a satellite site in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

     

    We work with external partners including WHM Work Connections in Seagrave, and T.E.C.K in Coalville.

  • How big is the College?

    How big is the College?

    We have over 130 staff members, 100 students and 12 long-term residents, along with our Day Service members.

     

    Homefield College is made up of many small houses and buildings. Our locations mean that our students, residents and Day Service members benefit from community-based experiences in homely settings.

  • Can I come for a visit?

    Can I come for a visit?

    If you’re interested in seeing our education provision, we recommend you book onto an upcoming Open Day – you will find these under the ‘Events’ tab.

     

    If you want to know more about our Day Service offer, contact the College and ask for our Day Service Manager who can arrange a taster session for you to attend.

Study Programmes:

  • What are the requirements to apply for a study programme?

    What are the requirements to apply for a study programme?

    We provide study programmes for young people aged 16 – 25 with a special educational need or disability who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

  • When do you accept new students?

    When do you accept new students?

    You can express your interest for a place at Homefield at any point in the year.

     

    We aim to have new students join in September, but can offer October, January or April starts if your application misses the September cut-off and we still have capacity.

  • What’s a standard study programme length?

    What’s a standard study programme length?

    Students often attend college for 3 days a week, and their programmes are funded for an initial 2 years. They can apply for extensions for a 3rd or 4th year if progress has been made and there are new learning outcomes to be achieved. Some students go on to a Supported Internship in their extension years.

  • Are there any external classes the College offers?

    Are there any external classes the College offers?

    There are external courses our students can take at local further education colleges, whilst being fully supported by Homefield College staff where appropriate. These are arranged in association with the chosen college – we will talk students and their families through the whole process to make sure that it is the best fit for our students to fulfil their potential.

     

    External courses are dependent on suitability, entry requirements, availability and COVID-19 restrictions.

  • What qualifications can students take?

    What qualifications can students take?

    Our students have the ability to undertake accredited learning in a range of subjects. We deliver the following qualifications and more:

    • Arts Award
    • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    • GCSEs – English and maths
    • Employability Skills
    • Food Safety & Hygiene Catering certificate
    • Functional Skills: English, Maths & ICT
    • Skills for Working Life in specific vocational courses including animal care, horticulture, ICT, woodwork and vehicle maintenance.
  • Can students apply for a residential placement during their study programme?

    Can students apply for a residential placement during their study programme?

    We have a limited educational residential provision that students can stay at throughout their time with us, if their Local Authority agrees to a residential placement.

Day Services:

  • What are the requirements to apply for Day Services?

    What are the requirements to apply for Day Services?

    We provide Day Services to adults with learning and communication difficulties in the local community. We take new members aged 16+.

  • How many days a week can I attend?

    How many days a week can I attend?

    You can choose how many days you would like to come to Day Services. Some members come to us for one or two days a week, others for the whole week.

     

    We do certain sessions on specific days, so you might want to come for the days that interest you most, or try something different every day of the week.

  • What is the cost to attend?

    What is the cost to attend?

    Costing for Day Services varies per person so that we can accurately provide for your unique needs. We factor in your support levels, number of days attending and any specialist activities.

     

    Day Services are funded either directly through social services or with a personalised budget.