Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Information for Parents & Carers

Parents and carers play an important role in the education of their children and we’re keen to involve you as much as possible in your son or daughter’s time here. We will invite you to our annual Parents’ Evening shortly after your child joins the college, which will give you another chance to talk to staff and meet the Principal, Mark Robertson. There are some useful links on the right to some of the key information you may like to read.

Before your son or daughter applies to CRC, you may have some questions about the college and the application process. We have put together some frequently-asked questions and answers which we hope will be of help.


How long is a course at CRC?

Our full-time prospectus has full details of all the courses we run at CRC, including the entry requirements and whether they are one-year or two-year courses. Your son or daughter should receive a prospectus through their school. You can also pick one up from the college reception, request one here or download a copy.

Is a Diploma equivalent to A levels?

A Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma studied at CRC is equivalent to three A levels, with the Diploma equal to 2 A levels and the Subsidiary Diploma equal to one A level.

What if my child’s English or Maths GCSEs aren’t very good?

All our students continue to develop their English, Maths and ICT skills through their studies – a key priority for the college. Students who have yet to achieve Grade C in English and Maths can usually study either or both up to GCSE level as part of their main course. For more info on how we incorporate English and Maths in all our study programmes, please click here.

How do we apply to CRC?

To apply for a full-time course, students should complete a full-time Application Form – downloadable here. If your child is currently attending one of the schools in the Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP), then they should apply for a place through Please talk to your child’s school, who will advise and help you.

What happens after we put in an application?

Our Admissions Team will acknowledge your application and get in touch to arrange for your son or daughter to attend a Welcome Event.  At the Welcome Event you will have the opportunity to talk to tutors and other faculty staff, tour the specialist facilities and your son or daughter will attend an informal interview. We encourage parents to attend the Welcome Event with their children, as it’s a key opportunity for you to find out more about the college and the courses we offer.

Is there an interview?

Yes, all students are interviewed by a tutor from their chosen area of study after we receive their application. This will be part of the Welcome Event.

Are there any pre-enrolment events?

Each faculty holds Taster Days in July. Once your son or daughter has attended a Welcome Event and has been offered a place on the course, they will be invited to attend the Taster Days. These days give them a chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, spend some time in their future teaching areas and participate in activities relating to their course.

Where can I find information on transport?

We run our own contract buses for full-time students, covering different towns and villages in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. Click here or on the link on right.

What if we need financial support?

CRC’s expert financial support team can provide help and advice – for more information, click here or use the link on the right.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship provides the opportunity to train while learning and earning a salary, with opportunities available in a very wide range of sectors, from accountancy to construction. Apprentices usually come into college one day a week, and spend four days at work. To find out more, click here.

Do you offer career advice?

The college’s careers hub advisers can give valuable, up-to-date advice, help your son or daughter decide on the best course for them, point them in the right direction for work experience – usually provided as part of their course – and help with university applications.

We also provide access to a free online careers assessment tool, Careers Coach, answer a few online questions to help find potential careers for your son or daughter:

Take a careers assessment

Can my child go on to university after CRC?

Courses at CRC equip students to go on to university, employment or further education. Universities accept vocational qualifications as well as A Levels – a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. Our careers department can help with information on universities, applications and the clearing process.

What sort of support is available to students?

We are very proud of our student support team who can offer help and advice in finance, study support, counselling, safeguarding and career planning. Click here or on the link on right for more info.

What sort of enrichment activities are available?

CRC has a busy programme of activities for our students – and we offer plenty of help for anyone who would like to start their own club or society! We have sports teams for all abilities, and offer a wide range of activities, from Film Club to Climbing, while the Students’ Union organise regular events. Click here for more info.


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