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Admissions FAQs

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the admissions process…

How do I apply for a college place to start in September 2023?

The application process for students wishing to study at the college from September 2023 is now open. You can register and complete your college application here.

Fully completed applications (including Personal Statement / Career Aspiration documents) must be submitted electronically by Tuesday 28 February 2023 for consideration for a place at the college.

What is the application process?

If I miss your Open Events, will there be another opportunity to visit King Ed’s?

If you were unable to attend the Open Events in October, the college admissions team are holding a limited number of group tours of the college campus.

You will be able to ask the admissions team any questions you may have about college life and view the campus. There will sadly not be an opportunity to speak to subject teachers during the Campus Tour.

You can book your space on a tour by clicking here. Tours will depart promptly at the start time specified.

Tickets are limited to 2 per household. Unfortunately, there is no on-site parking available. However, there are public car parks available nearby. If you are a blue badge holder, please email admissions@kedst.ac.uk and we can organise on-site parking for you.

If you would prefer to visit us for a single household tour, please email admissions@kedst.ac.uk. We can discuss your requirements before finding a mutually convenient date and time for you to visit.

Where do I get my student predicted grades from?

Your student predicted grades that you enter on your application are what you believe you will achieve when GCSE results are published in August. You could formulate your student predicted grades using the following documents :

  • Official school predicted grades
  • School report
  • Mock exam results
  • Ongoing classwork grades

We would suggest formulating your best possible (but realistic) scenario and inputting this into your application. If you have a rigorous and robust revision programme scheduled and you believe you can move from, for instance, a grade 5 to a grade 6 in a given subject then it is okay to list that grade.

We do not request copies of reports or predicted grade from you or your current school.

What do you expect to see in my Personal Statement and Career Aspirations documents? How long do these need to be?

Personal Statement

We aren’t looking for anything like a university style personal statement. All we want to know is a little bit about you! We would like to know why you want to study the courses you have chosen, any hobbies and achievements or what you believe makes you an ideal candidate for the college. We have a 300 word limit in place.

What to include:

  • Why you want to come to KE (e.g – why you want to study the subjects you have chosen)
  • Hobbies/interests
  • Positions of responsibility
  • Other facts – travel/volunteering
  • Work experience

Hints and tips . . .

  • Plan it out – mind map?
  • Write in sentences
  • Check spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Get someone else to have a read too
  • Don’t overthink it!

Career Aspirations

We also need a short statement on your career aspirations of no more than 100 words. If you have an idea regarding what career you aspire to after college or university, or indeed if you are not certain then share your ideas with us! We need this so that we can offer any subject advice and guidance to you if needed. You do not need to try to impress us! It is completely fine for you to say that you are unsure at this stage – we know that at your age we were also uncertain as to what we wanted to do in the future.

Your application is not fully completed until we receive both your Personal Statement and Career Aspirations documents

I’m experiencing technical difficulties whilst completing the application form. What should I do?

Should you experience any technical difficulties whilst completing the online application form, we we would firstly recommend trialling the following solutions :

  • Clear the web browser cache / cookies on your device
  • Try an alternative web browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc)
  • Trial an alternative device (e.g. laptop / desktop computer / phone / tablet) if possible

If you are still experiencing any issues, please email the Admissions Team with a description of the issue, and if possible screen shots, so that we can support you.

I believe I have completed my application and not heard from the college?

Decision letters will be sent out to applicants as soon as possible once we have received and considered your fully completed application (to fully complete your application we MUST receive your personal statement and career aspirations documents). If you have not heard from us after a few days, it may be worth emailing the team via admissions@kedst.ac.uk us after a few days to check the status of your application.

Please ensure that you have added ‘reportserver@kedst.ac.uk’ to your list of approved addresses as this is how the application system will keep you updated regarding status changes, requests for personal statements, etc. We have previously experienced issues with students using ‘@icloud.com’ email addresses, largely linked to the capacity of their accounts and the student not ensuring there is capacity to receive emails.

What are the minimum entry requirements at King Ed’s? Should I study three or four subjects at the college?

Three Subject Programmes

Our minimum entry requirements to study three subjects at the college are six GCSEs at grade 5 or above. 96% of King Ed’s students will be studying on a programme of three subjects.

Four Subject Programmes

If you wish to take four subjects, you will need to achieve seven GCSEs at grade 7 or above. Only 4% of students in the college will take four subjects, and these will generally be students taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics. UK universities make offers based upon students taking three subject programmes, and it is better to excel in three subjects rather than stretch yourself thinly across four subjects.

A number of subjects have their own minimum entry requirements, so please check the information provided for each of our subjects as part of our prospectus to find out more.

BTECs and CNATs do not form part of our minimum entry requirements. 

Will I be accepted?

Conditional offers – stating specified grades – are made to applicants whom the college believes have the potential to most benefit from a place, based on their application form and personal statement.

Each year we are contacted by students who wish they had applied but chose not to ahead of the 28 February deadline. If in doubt, you are encouraged to apply! Remember, you can apply to multiple colleges.

Our Admissions Team can offer lots of practical advice and will be happy to talk through any dilemmas or concerns you may have.

Are offers made on a first come, first served basis?

All applications made between Monday 26 September and Tuesday 28 February will receive equal consideration for a conditional offer.

Once we are in receipt of a fully completed application (e.g. we have received your Personal Statement and Career Aspirations documents, as well as your initial application) we will make a decision on your application.

This will be communicated to you via a letter delivered by Royal Mail.

When will I know if I have a place at the college?

Decision letters will be sent out to applicants as soon as possible once we have received and considered your fully completed application (to fully complete your application we MUST receive your personal statement and career aspirations documents).

All offers are conditional on achieving the required entry criteria (these may differ depending on the subjects you wish to study). The entry criteria is printed on the reverse of your decision letter, and you can also find out more about individual subject requirements within our prospectus.

Will I be invited for an interview at the college?

We no longer interview students as part of the application process.

Can I apply after the 28 February deadline?

If you are still interested in joining us after the deadline, you will need to contact the admissions team after GCSE results day. At this point we cannot guarantee a place in college if you make a late application, even if you have met the minimum entry requirements for the college. You would be placed on a waiting list for consideration, dependent upon capacity within the college. Therefore, it is always best to fully complete your application prior to our 28 February deadline.

Please email admissions@kedst.ac.uk with your name, a photo of your GCSE results slip and the subjects you wish to study. We will then check if there are any places remaining.

Before choosing courses and after getting your results, you should look carefully to see that you have met the entry requirements for any subjects you might be interested in.

If I do not get a place, can I appeal?

Any applicant who was not successful in receiving a conditional offer when applying for a place as part of the initial application cycle (e.g. prior to 28 February deadline) can appeal to the Principal for their application to be reconsidered. Any appeal should include new information such as school reports or results not available when their original decision took place.

Please see the links below for further information about our appeals procedure.

Appeals Procedure

Appeal Form

Please note that the appeals process does not apply to students who are unable to take up their place to study with us following the publication of GCSE results, because they did not meet the entry requirements stated in their offer.

If I get made a conditional offer, when do I have to accept my place by?

If you receive a conditional offer from the college, you must respond to us by Friday 26 May 2023. If we do not receive your acceptance by this point, your conditional offer will be withdrawn.

It is acceptable to hold offers at multiple institutions, attend College Orientation Days, and to make a final decision at a later point (e.g. GCSE Results Day). All we ask is that you let us know if you no longer need wish to be considered for a place at the college. You can do so by emailing us at admissions@kedst.ac.uk

Does the college provide any coach transport for students?

The college provides alternative travel solutions for some students who live in areas where there is little or no suitable public transport. At present, chartered coaches travel into college from Bridgnorth, Cleobury Mortimer (via Bewdley), Bromsgrove, South Birmingham (Longbridge, Northfield and Rubery) and West Worcestershire (Martley, Great Witley and Stourport). A new route from Wolverhampton was introduced in September 2021.

The cost for all of the routes from September 2022 is £150 per term. Therefore in Year 12, the cost will total £450.

In Year 13, the cost will total £300, meaning no payment in the sixth term during exams.

To reserve a seat, please email: travel@kedst.ac.uk

For further detail, including the bus routes and stops we offer, please download our transport leaflet.

* reservations on college transport are subject to availability

What is the average class size at King Ed’s?

The average group size at the college is 19 students.

Can you please tell us a little more about your Core Maths programme, and what students will be required to study this?

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

This one-year qualification carries a maximum of 20 UCAS points and will build on your existing GCSE maths knowledge by developing problem-solving skills, the ability to communicate your mathematical ideas in the areas of statistics, finance and estimation. You will need to have achieved a GCSE grade 5 in maths to do this course. Students studying Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Physics may be required to study Core Maths as a part of their programme.

Following enrolment, Core Maths will be added to student timetables where they meet the following criteria :

Subject Criteria
Biology Any student with a grade 6 pass (e.g. not grade 7-9) in GCSE Maths
Chemistry Any student with a grade 6 pass (e.g. not grade 7-9) in GCSE Maths
Computer Science Any student not studying A Level Maths/Statistics
Physics Any student not studying A Level Maths/Statistics

 

Can you please tell us about your 2022 examination results?

Students at King Ed’s have had an amazingly successful year, with record numbers of high grades (36.8% A*-A), A* grades in every subject, and 17 confirmed Oxbridge places.

These results are a true testament to the dedication and resilience of students and staff at King Ed’s, all of whom worked hard to make sure that every opportunity to learn was taken. Talented and driven staff made sure that the curriculum was covered seamlessly and that students were well looked after. With the support of their families, students rose to the challenge and worked tenaciously to achieve a record set of grades, with an overall pass rate of 99.6%

87.4% of students achieved A*-C, and 67.4% achieved A*-B, in both cases 5% above the national average, setting students in good stead to secure university places and career opportunities.

Holly Bembridge, Principal of the college said, ‘Our students should feel incredibly proud of the resilience they have shown in getting themselves ready for the first A level exams in several years, with these results giving them a head start as they set out on their path towards a fulfilling career. We have seen their potential to do tremendous good, and with over 200 students moving on to train as key workers, we expect that society will soon be benefitting from their skills.’

Who do I contact for more information?

You should find all the information you need on this website.  However, if you have a specific enquiry, please contact our Admissions Team for more help.

You can do this by emailing us at: admissions@kedst.ac.uk

The Admissions Team office hours are Monday – Thursday 8am-4pm, and Friday 8am-3.30pm. The team will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible.

Can I get help with financial support?

We have a 16-19 Bursary Fund which students can apply for if they meet the criteria. To find out more about, please click here.