At Arts University Plymouth we believe in high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice, as the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation. We place the aspirations and support needs of every student at the very heart of our creative enterprise.

<p>Our Pre-Degree &amp; Sixth Form campuses at Palace Court and Palace Studios are home to 350, 16-19-year-old students studying the Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design, and Communication, or Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design. It is here that we provide a safe and creative environment, where your child/young person can grow, learn new skills, and become more independent.</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Click here to browse our range of Pre-Degree courses.</strong></a></p> <p>We are committed to supporting your child/young person on every step of their creative journey. Below you will find information about our <strong>Parents' &amp; Guardians' Evenings</strong>, our <strong>Code of Conduct and Attendance</strong>, <strong>Safeguarding and Key Dates </strong>for your diary.<br /></p>
Students are prepared well by teachers for their next steps into higher education. They benefit from teachers’ knowledge of degree courses which helps them to assemble a suitable portfolio for the courses they apply to. Students are taught about storytelling techniques in filmmaking and how they can use these principles to present their own story as part of job and higher education applications.
Ofsted Report (Rated "Good"), June 2023
<p>Get the information you need to help your child make the right choices at 14, 16 and 18 through the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Careerpilot</a> website - aimed at young people, and the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Parent Zone</a> – aimed at parents and carers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Careerpilot</a> is a free website helping 11—19 year olds in the South of England plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents. </p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Careerpilot Parent Zone</a> can help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask, about:</p><ul><li>Choices at 14, 16 and 18; </li><li>Further Education College;</li><li>Apprenticeships and Traineeships;</li><li>Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges);</li><li>Job sectors and growth; </li><li>How to fund study and further support for you.</li></ul>
Two people, one young and the other older, sit in a cafe smiling and writing in a notebook
My daughter ended the year at Arts University Plymouth totally transformed into a happy, engaged, enthusiastic student who achieved a Distinction, and her English & Maths qualifications. I am so thankful to Arts University Plymouth for giving her the confidence to believe in herself.
Jo, parent of first year student
<p>Following a full Ofsted inspection in May 2023, Arts University Plymouth's dedicated pre-degree &amp; sixth form campus was judged to be “good,” maintaining the outcome of the university’s previous inspection in May 2017.</p> <p>Ofsted inspectors praised Arts University Plymouth for the way that “Students enjoy their courses. They are supported well by staff who help them to build their confidence and resilience.”<br /><br />The benefits of joining a sixth-form campus attached to the city’s arts university were highlighted in the Ofsted report, which says that “Teachers give students opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge by accessing the university’s higher education art and design resources. For example, students strengthen their model-making skills by using three-dimensional printing technologies and more advanced computer-aided design software.”<br /><br />Achievement levels for Pre-Degree &amp; Sixth Form students at Arts University Plymouth are high, with inspectors noting that “Leaders ensure that well-planned curriculums result in the large majority of students achieving their qualifications. Nearly all of those who apply to higher education achieve their first-choice destination.”<br /></p>
<p>Child Trust Funds or CTFs are tax-free savings accounts for children born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011. </p> <p>Child Trust Funds were introduced by the UK government with the aim of giving all children a financial nest egg by the time they reached 18. The government paid more than £2 billion into CTFs for 6.3 million children born during the period. Children can access this money when they turn 18, but many have lost track of them.<br /></p> <p>The scheme was ended in 2011, and parents/guardians were able to switch CTF accounts into a Junior ISA. However, a report by the National Audit Office found that despite this, there are still about 6.3 million CTFs in existence, with the average account holding £1,911.<br /></p> <p>If you were born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011, and your parents received Child Benefit, you most likely have a Child Trust Fund account. You can find out more online about how to access this account and claim the funds at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"></a></p><ul><li>Read more about Child Trust Funds on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"></a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"></a>Read <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">HMRC's guide, 10 Things to Know About Child Trust Funds</a></li></ul>
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