Will I be able to try any of the courses before I apply?
We have taster days throughout the year for you to become more familiar with the subject of your choice, meet staff and students, view our facilities, ask questions and find out what college life is really like.
Lots of pupils come along with their school, however we also invite pupils to attend as individuals or in small groups. If you’d like to come without your school, please ensure you ask their permission.
If you’d like to attend, please register and tell us what subject you would like to try.
Is there a chance for parents and carers to visit the College to meet the staff and view the facilities?
We have a number of open events throughout the year and across all three campuses. These are a perfect way to get all the information you and your family need to make the decision that’s right for you, and we encourage you to pre-register to beat the queues.
When is the application deadline to apply for College courses?
You can apply to college at any time throughout your final year at school, but we recommend you send in your form or complete an online application before the end of January. This gives you time to attend an interview and secure your place before you start revising for your GCSEs.
Who can I contact if I need help completing the application form?
You can speak to your Careers Teacher if you need assistance or contact our Information, Advice & Guidance Team on 01278 441234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to do for my interview?
The interview gives you the chance to talk in more detail and depth about the course and your ambitions. You will also be able to ask questions and find out more about the College.
If you have applied for more than one course or a course in a different subject area, you will be interviewed for the alternative or additional course.
During the interview you will be asked about your reasons for applying to the College, what interests you about the course/s you have applied for, what you enjoy about school, extra-curricular activities and how you did in your mock exams.
You need to bring the letter inviting you to interview, your record of achievement or progress file, personal careers action plan and presentation folder/portfolio.
Getting to know you better during the interview means we are able to make sure you are offered a place on the course that’s for you.
What happens if I get better or worse GCSE results than I expected?
Whatever your results, we’re here to support you. Our GCSE Result Helpline offers impartial advice and guidance, and has staff who are happy to discuss your options and help you find courses with places still available. Call 01278 411200 to speak to one of our Advisors.