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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will I know if I have a place on the course?

How will I know if I have a place on the course?

You will have received a conditional offer from us at your interview. This offer is made on the basis of your predicted GCSE grades, so when you receive those, come along to your scheduled appointment and we will confirm your enrolment. If you don’t get the grades you were expecting, you should still come to the appointment and we will discuss other options available to you at the College. Remember to log onto the Showbie pages you have been told about and start talking to your tutors and learning some of the fundamentals before you join us in September.

Will the College open in September?

Will the College open in September?

We are setting out a clear plan for College to open in September, and we will adopt a blended learning approach combining face-to-face lessons with online learning. All new learners will receive iPads at enrolment to enable them to begin their learning remotely. Enrolment will begin w/c 24t August with the first teaching week from 14 September.

Will I still be able to come to College while the airport is not operating fully?

Will I still be able to come to College while the airport is not operating fully?

Yes, there is still public transport to and from the airport to College – remember if travelling on public transport you will need to wear a face mask.

What can I do now that I have finished my course and there aren’t any jobs at the airport?

What can I do now that I have finished my course and there aren’t any jobs at the airport?

This situation is a short term challenge – there are options for you to continue in education at a higher level or at the same level but in a different area to your previous qualification. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will book you into a 1-2-1 information, advice and guidance session. We have opened up opportunities for young people to continue learning to a higher level which in the long term will provide better prospects in the future and will provide you with the skills and knowledge to progress into managerial and higher level roles with greater earning potential. 

If the airport isn’t operating fully, will I get a job when I finish my course?

If the airport isn’t operating fully, will I get a job when I finish my course?

The situation we are in now is short term. The challenges the sector is currently facing will ease in time, and by the time you have completed your training with us the sector will have recovered and the issues relating to shortages of trained individuals that were prevalent pre-covid will continue to exist. You will have plenty of time to seek employment and enable the sector to recover. 

The knowledge and skills you learn on your course with us are broad and easily transferable to lots of different sectors. You will leave us highly employable and with work ready skills that will be valuable to any employer – for example, you will learn topics that include Health & Safety, Security, Conflict Management, customer service, supervisory and team leading skills, business and commercial sector related units, and some will gain practical hand skills that can be transferred across a range of engineering and construction trades, not just within the Aviation sector. Your prospects are still very exciting despite the temporary challenges the industry is facing.

What are the chances of me getting work experience with the airport businesses?

What are the chances of me getting work experience with the airport businesses?

We are still working very closely with our partners in and around the airport, and as soon as the restrictions are lifted on travel, the industry will recover and opportunities will become available again. Please be reassured that a career within the aviation industry remains a very viable one.

Am I making the right choice coming to Stansted Airport College?

Am I making the right choice coming to Stansted Airport College?

If your ambition is to work in or around the airport when you’re older, then coming to STAC is absolutely the right decision, we will prepare you for work, and show you what it’s really like to work in the aviation industry through guest speakers (The Royal Aeronautical Society, MAG, Jet2), employer visits (Ryanair Hanger, Stansted Airport Tour, Easyjet, GTEngines) and masterclass sessions (Skysmart, Titan Airways). We can’t wait to watch you make the first steps towards your career in the Aviation Industry.

What safety measures are in place to protect me against Covid?

What safety measures are in place to protect me against Covid?

We are abiding by the government guidelines and updating our working processes as the guidelines are re-issued. We have sanitising stations throughout the campus, signs to keep within the social distancing rules, and a one way system to maintain a flow of traffic safely. We have created zones for engineering, aviation operations and hospitality, the signage when you enter the building will make that become clearer. You will be directed to use the anti-bac sanitisers as you enter the college, and when you leave. Classes will be running on reduced numbers, with learning online to complement the time you are not spending in the classrooms. We have closed our catering facilities until the restrictions ease, so you will need to provide your own packed lunch, snacks and drinks whilst you are with us. If you are travelling on public transport to college, you will need to wear a face mask.

Will I have to come in every day?

Will I have to come in every day?

Normally, you would have a three day timetable, and have to attend College on all the days. This year we are still operating a three day a week timetable, but you will only be in college for 1.5 days. You will attend your other classes remotely and complete assessments at home.

If I have to study at home, how can you help me?

If I have to study at home, how can you help me?

You will receive an iPad at enrolment. We run all of our classes through Showbie, where resources are provided online, and you submit your work. You can ask the teachers direct questions through Showbie for the additional support and clarification you may need.

If we drive where can we park?

If we drive where can we park?

There is no parking on-site. Our students that have passed their test and want to drive to College use the Novotel carpark at a cost of £6 a day. Parking tickets for exit are available at reception – you will have had to pay for your parking in advance via Wisepay.

When do I apply for bursary?

When do I apply for bursary?

Your bursary application forms part of the enrolment process. You will be sent the forms in the letter that confirms your enrolment time and date. The forms will need to be filled in by you before you come into College with the supporting documents that are requested (this is all detailed in the letter). You will be paid your bursary funds straight into your bank account – please make sure you have one set up before joining us.

Remember – the current situation won't last forever! Your future career is still there for the taking!

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