Enquiring about College Courses
TUTOR: Hello, can I help you?
BRIAN: I was told to come here, because I’d like to talk to someone about taking a management course.
TUTOR: Right. I’m one of the tutors, so I should be able to help you.
BRIAN: Oh, good. My name’s Brian Ardley. I’ve decided to enrol on a part time management course. A friend of mine took one last year and recommended it to me.
BRIAN: Is there anything I should do before the course, like reading or anything?
TUTOR: We prefer to integrate reading with the course, so we don’t give out a reading list in advance. But we like people to write a case study, describing an organisation they know.
BRIAN: Q21 I’ve already done that, as my friends told me you wanted one. But would it be possible to sit in on a teaching session, to see what it’s like?
I haven’t been a student for quite a while.
TUTOR: Fine. Just let me know which date, and I’ll arrange it with the tutor.
BRIAN: Now, could I ask you about the college facilities, please?
TUTOR: Anything in particular?
BRIAN: Well, the course is one day a week, all day, isn’t it? So presumably it’s possible to buy food?
TUTOR: Yes, the refectory’s open all day.
BRIAN: Does it cater for special diets? I have some food allergies.
TUTOR: Provided you warn the refectory Q22 in advance, it won’t be a problem.
BRIAN: Good. What about facilities for young children? I’d like to bring my daughter here while I’m studying.
TUTOR: How old is she?
TUTOR: Then she’s eligible to join the Q23 nursery, which is supervised by a qualified Nursery Nurse.
The waiting list for a place is quite long though, so you ought to apply now.
TUTOR: I don’t know if our careers advice service would be of any interest to you?
BRIAN: Yes, it might help me decide how to develop my career after the course.
TUTOR: The centre has a lot of reference materials, and staff qualified to give guidance on a one-to-one basis.
BRIAN: I noticed a fitness centre next to the college. Is that for students?
TUTOR: It’s open to everyone, but students pay an Q24 annual fee that’s much less than the general public pay.
BRIAN: And presumably the college library stocks newspapers and journals, as well as books?
TUTOR: Yes, and there’s also an audio-visual room, for viewing and listening to videos, cassettes, and so on.
BRIAN: Is there also access to computers?
TUTOR: Yes, your Q25 tutor will need to arrange with the technical support team for you to get a password, so ask him or her about it when you start the course.
TUTOR: By the way, do you know about our Business Centre?
BRIAN: No, What’s that?
TUTOR: It’s a training resource – a collection of materials for people to study on their own, or use in their own organisations.
BRIAN: Uhuh, You mean books and videos?
TUTOR: Yes, and manuals for self-study. Plus a lot of computer-based materials, so people can work through them at their own speed, and repeat anything they aren’t sure about. And you can hire Q26 laptops to use in your own home or workplace as well as Q27 printers that you can take away.
BRIAN: Does it have anything that I could use to improve my study skills? I don’t have much idea about Q28 report writing, and I’m sure I’ll need lt on the course.
TUTOR: Oh yes, there’s plenty of useful material. Just ask one of the staff.
BRIAN: Does the centre cover all the main areas of business?
TUTOR: Yes, topics like finance, and of course Q29 marketing – that’s a popular one.
Local managers seem to queue up to borrow the videos!
BRIAN: So it isn’t just for students, then?
TUTOR: No, it’s for members only, but anyone can join.
BRIAN: How much does it cost?
TUTOR: £100 a year for a company, and £50 for an Q30 individual, with no discount for students, I’m afraid.
BRIAN: That’s very helpful. Well, I think that’s all. I’d better go home and fill in the enrolment form. Thanks for all your help.
TUTOR: You’re welcome. Goodbye.