School leavers

It’s great to have such a wide choice of courses, but it can be difficult to decide which subject or mix of subjects to study. We are here to help you make the right choice, so please talk to us and visit Strode if you can.  

Choosing the right course

It is important to choose the course or subjects and the level of study that's right for you. Your choice may be influenced by your future study and career plans, by your abilities and qualifications, by your interests and your preferred style of learning. Find out about the different types of courses you can study after your GCSEs. 

Open Evenings

Come to our open evenings for advice and guidance on what to study. Meet our students and teachers and find out about college life, how we teach and support our students, transport, finances and anything else you want to know. You can register for these events on our website or turn up on the evening.

  • Tuesday 18 October 2016 (6.00pm - 8.30pm)
  • Thursday 17 November 2016 (6.00pm - 8.30pm)
  • Tuesday 18 January 2017 (6.00pm - 8.00pm)
  • Wednesday 14 June 2017 (6.00pm - 8.00pm)

College Experience Days

If you’re in year 11 at school, come to one of our College Experience Days to try some of the subjects you might want to study and get a feel for college life. Most local schools book their students onto these events, or you can book with us directly. Check our Events section for up to date details and online booking.

  • Tuesday 8 November 2016
  • Wednesday 23 November 2016
  • Thursday 1 December 2016

College tours

If you cannot visit on our Open Evenings you can book an individual tour of the college in term time at a time to suit you. Parents are welcome, or come with a friend or small group. Please call our Admissions team to arrange this.

How to apply

To find out how to apply and what happens next, see our How to apply section.


For information and advice about travelling to college see our Transport section.


For information about the cost of studying and financial support available, see our Finances section.

Student support

For information about the wide range of academic and personal support available see our Supporting our students section.

Learner Journey

Download the Learner Journey to find out about the full range of information, advice and guidance available to help with any enquiries you may have. 

Learners Journey (PDF)

Contact us

Call us for information and advice. If you're not sure who to talk to, our list of useful numbers might help or call our Reception on 01458 844400 or School Leavers Admissions - Tel: 01458 844453 or email: