For Parents/Carers

Ensuring that your son or daughter has an enjoyable and successful time at Carlisle College is of paramount importance to us. We have put together some information below which we hope you will find useful.


When your son/daughter applies for a course at Carlisle College they will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application. This will be followed by an email inviting them for an interview.
At the interview they will be given detailed information about the course and have a one-to-one interview with the course tutor. Parents are welcome to attend. Having accepted a place on the course they will receive a letter giving instructions on starting their course.

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.


Full-time education is free for young people up to the age of 19. Those over 19 and starting a further education course at Level 3 or above on or after 1 August 2017 may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan for courses starting in September 2017. It’s easy to apply for, household income isn’t taken into account and there is no credit check. Importantly students don’t have to pay anything back until their income is over £21,000 per year. The loan will be paid directly to the College so that students do not need to pay course fees up front.

The College receives an allocation of funds to help with the cost of registered childcare and to support with travel costs while at College.

Our Student Services team offers help and advice on all aspects of transport and finance – just contact 01228 822700 or e-mail

Useful Files

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