POTENTIAL students have had the chance to experience college life before they enrol in September.

Kirklees College’s summer schools have attracted more than 200 teenagers to come and try sessions in catering, motor vehicle, animal care, beauty, public services, plumbing, health and social, childcare and business. Students receive a qualification in their chosen area following the short course.

The aim of the summer schools is to reassure young people that life at college isn’t as daunting as it may seem and to encourage and follow through their application by enrolling at the college in August.

Seventeen-year-old Alison Murphy will enrol for the college’s level 3 animal management course next month. Alison said: “I love working with animals and have especially enjoyed working with the mice. I’d like to start my own kennel and cattery business when I have completed my college course.”

Colne Valley school leaver Tom Howatson, said: “My mum made me come to this, but I’m really glad she did! It’s much better than I thought it would be.”