Applying to college is an exciting next step in a young person's life, but we understand that it can be a daunting one too. We have a guidance team dedicated to helping our potential students find the ideal course for them and we have a streamlined process to make their transition to college go as smoothly as possible.
We are also aware that whilst year 11's often cover a lot of the college application process in sessions in school, parents are sometimes a little more in the dark. We want you to feel included and to be able to support your young person through this journey, so hopefully the information below will help you understand the process. However our guidance team are not just here for students, they are here for parents too, so please do call us if you have any questions.
Stage 1: Take a look round
We are currently holding Virtual Open Events in place of our traditional Open Evenings. Having a good look around our virtual campus allows applicants to get the best experience of our fantastic facilities, hear from our supportive and industry experienced tutors and our students, and find out as much as they possibly can.
Parents and Guardians are encouraged to join the Virtual Open Events too as it really helps them get a feel for the college and support their young person with their decision.
Check out our Events page for more details.
Stage 2: Apply online
Our application form is a straightforward, single page form on our website and we encourage pupils to apply as early as possible as this gives the best possible chance of securing their first choice of college and course(s).
Do not worry if your young person is unsure of the grades they may achieve at this stage, we would still suggest they apply for the course they are interested in but also contact our guidance team to help them choose the right level.
If they are deliberating between different courses, we would encourage them to apply for both initially, our tutors or guidance team will be in touch to discuss their options and offer them lots of friendly advice to help them to make that final decision.
Stage 3: Course Discussion
Once we have received their application, our admissions team will soon be in touch to offer them a course discussion. Traditionally, these are held in college and are a friendly face to face discussion about the chosen course and any future ambitions. Parents or Guardians are always welcome to join in and it’s a great chance to both ask as many questions as you like, to ensure it’s the right decision. It's also the perfect chance to discuss any learning support requirements or financial support options (if applicable).
During the current restrictions to keep our staff and applicants safe, our course discussions are all being held via telephone appointments, however you are still more than welcome to put the phone on loudspeaker and join in with the discussion as much or as little as you like.
You will receive a letter with the time and date of your course discussion along with any special instructions.
Stage 4: Formal Offer
Following a successful course discussion, applicants will receive a formal offer from us by letter, which fully explains the grades they need to get on to the course.
Please note that they need to confirm acceptance of the offer to secure their place.
Stage 5: Enrolment
Our quick and efficient online enrolment process will open for 2021 students after Easter and will remain open throughout the summer. Once the system is live, applicants who have accepted their offer of a place to study with us, will be sent full details of what to do and an individual online enrolment link.
Once they have enrolled, their place is now secured and assuming they meet the entry criteria they will be starting their studies with us in September!
When should we apply?
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible to give them the best possible chance of securing their first choice of college and course, as our most popular courses do fill up fast.
This is also helpful for the mind-set of the young person, as once the next step in their education is sorted, they can concentrate on successfully completing year 11.
However for those students who are unsure or want to change their initial plans, we do accept applications right up to the start of term (subject to availability). Applications can be made 24/7 via our online application form.
Can pupils apply to more than one college?
You can apply to as many colleges and for all the courses you are interested in, however you must only enrol at one college (Stage 5).
Can I apply on their behalf?
Yes, you can complete the application form on their behalf. However, when attending a course discussion, we do need to speak to the pupils themselves to ensure that the course they have chosen is right for them.
We have applied but haven’t been offered a course discussion yet.
Our Admissions Team are working hard to process all applications to college as quickly as possible.
During peak application seasons, there may be a brief period of time between application and being offered a course discussion, but rest assured your application is in process.
If you completed an application form but have not heard from us within 10 working days, please contact our Guidance Team who will confirm if we have received the application.
I have more questions…
Not a problem and we are only too happy to help. The first port of call would be our experienced and friendly Guidance Team who are on hand to help find the answer to any questions you might have. You can find their details here.
ProPortal is a way for you to keep updated on your son/daughter/ward’s academic information, timetable, attendance and annual reports. If you do not have login for ProPortal or have trouble accessing the system contact our Reception team.
Autumn Term 2021
Half Term Week
Monday 25 - Friday 29 October (inclusive)
Spring Term 2022
Half Term Week
Monday 14 - Friday 18 February (inclusive)
Summer Term 2022
Half Term Week
Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June (inclusive)