Parents Carers Information

Support your child with their career choices – a parent’s guide

It is now well established that young people are required to remain in some form of education or training until the age of 18 – but this does not mean your child must stay at school after their GCSEs.

Research confirms that adolescents and young people, place a high value on the opinions and views of their parents or guardians when it comes to making critical careers choices.

For the 5 steps to a place at Carlisle College click here


Your son or daughter will meet regularly with their Tutor who will offer support on many issues that can affect their student life and experience. These meetings include group and one-to-one sessions and cover topics including personal safety, health and social issues. The tutorial programme, which is delivered by our team of Progress Coaches, also helps students prepare for the next stage of life, whether it is work, another course or University.

Progress Reviews

Course Tutors will organise these one-to-one reviews during the year to help monitor student progress. Support is given to ensure that every student has the best chance of success and can achieve their full potential. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues they have at College.

Parents Evening

Parents and Carers (for full time students under the age of 18) will be invited to meet with staff on Parents’ Evenings. This will include an opportunity to discuss progress at College. Written reports will be sent to Parents and Carers of students under the age of 18.


All students should aim for 100% attendance. If your son or daughter is unable to attend College please ring the absence line on 08003285343 before 10am. We will pass the information on to their tutor.

Disciplinary Procedure

Nearly all our students behave well and attend classes regularly. However, should there be a behavioural issue with your son/daughter we have a behaviour policy which can be accessed using the links below.


Carlisle College is an environment in which students can feel safe and confident and which does not tolerate bullying of any kind.

Financial Advice and Support

The College has access to a number of Bursary funds aimed at supporting learners with specific financial circumstances which may prevent them from taking part in learning.  Each fund has different eligibility criteria, however all require that an application form and supporting documentary evidence is provided to determine eligibility.

We have a team of friendly staff who can answer any questions or concerns you may have relating to student finance. This includes questions about transport, course fees, Further Education (FE) & Higher Education (HE) loans, debts & budgeting and much more.  Contact 01228 822700 or

For details of the support available and eligibility see our Student Finance Guide

Applications for student finance can be made using the Student Finance Application

Students aged 20+ who would like to apply for Childcare support should complete the
20+ Childcare Support Application with their childcare provider.

Completed applications with supporting documentary evidence can be returned to Carlisle College or posted to Carlisle College, FREEPOST (CE637), Victoria Place, Carlisle, CA1 1BR.

Parent Feedback Form

We would appreciate your feedback regarding the Carlisle College application process and careers support via our short questionnaire. Your feedback will help us to identify areas of improvement. This questionnaire is intended for parents who have children already studying at Carlisle College. You can access the questionnaire here

Useful Documents

For the policies and procedures in place at Carlisle College click here