Leaving school and exploring your potential at college can provide you with limitless opportunities. You can reinvent yourself, meet new people, have experiences you will never forget and, most importantly, dedicate your time to learning skills and knowledge for your chosen career.
College is very different from school, we’re sure you’ll already know that. As a young adult, you will be given the freedom to take responsibility for your own learning. You will be supported by tutors who come from, and often still work in, the industry or sector you are preparing for.
What you might not know about, is all of the support and assistance available to you that makes getting to college easy and paying for materials and kits stress-free.
Support with travel costs*
One of the first things you will want to consider is how you will get to college. If you live close to campus and you can walk in, that’s great (and healthy). Many of our students travel to Chesterfield by car, bus, train or taxi. For those of you who need to work out the best route to take, we’ve provided all the information you need below.
Many of our students qualify for free or subsidised travel to college. We can provide bus passes if you qualify for the bursary. Students may also be able to receive contributions for train fair costs if no bus route is available. Find out if you are eligible for support with travel costs here; Bursary/Financial Support – Chesterfield College.
Chesterfield College can easily be reached from Sheffield, Derby, Mansfield, Bolsover, Shirebrook, Matlock, Bakewell and Worksop.
It can take a long time to get transport support sorted, so apply as soon as you know you are coming to Chesterfield College. Post-16 travel to school – Derbyshire County Council
If you would like support to get more confident on public transport, click here to find out more. Independent travel training scheme – Derbyshire County Council
UK students travel for less than Stagecoach’s discounted bus passes for students. Get unlimited travel in your chosen area and use the bus for studying, getting to your part-time job, going out with friends or even exploring on the weekend. To get our easy-to-use student bus passes, you’ll just need a current student ID card with a photo. It’s that simple. Visit https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regionaltickets/yorkshire/chesterfield/unirider for further information.
If you are planning to travel to College via train, the Train Line offers discounted rail cards. For more information please visit UK Digital Railcards for £24 instead of £30 | Buy NOW for 20% Off (thetrainline.com).
BLine for Train & Bus
Your b_line card gives you reduced fares on trains and local buses (except Trentbarton services) throughout Derbyshire and to some nearby towns and cities as long as the journey is direct and starts or finishes in Derbyshire.
On Trentbarton services you can use your b_line card as proof of age when you buy their ‘young person’ ticket. If you’ve got a b_line1 card you can use it to prove that you qualify for a child fare or the bus or train company’s own discounted ticket.
With a b_line2 card, you can get up to 25% off adult single and return fares and some saver tickets. Make sure you get the best deal by asking the driver. https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transport-roads/public-transport/fares-tickets-passes/b-line/b-line.aspx
Once you enrol on your course at college, you will have access to a wealth of support.
Your Personal Tutor will guide you through the course and ensure you stay on track to succeed. If you ever need extra assistance, the LEAP Mentor for your subject area will provide additional guidance and support. They help you develop resilience and strategies for completing your work, catching up and overcoming any worries or issues you may have.
As soon as you start your life at Chesterfield College, we will work with you to ensure that you are ready for your next steps. Whether this is a higher level course at college, an apprenticeship, university, or a job in the area you have trained for, the Careers Team based at college is available to provide impartial advice and guidance every step of the way.
What else can we help you with?
You will no doubt have lots of questions about coming to college. We’ve put together some handy links covering the subjects and frequently asked questions that many of our new starters and parents/guardians often ask us. If there’s anything else you need to know, just call us on 01246 500500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.