If you’re an ambitious and hard-working student we’d love to talk with you about your next two years of study.  

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the admission process...

How do I apply?

You can apply online at anytime using the link on the sidebar of this page. You'll need to upload your personal details, the GCSEs you're currently studying (and any you have already achieved) and the subjects you would like to study at A level. 

Once your application has been submitted, we will send you an email requesting your personal statement. It doesn't need to be very long (no more than 300 words) and should tell us about what you enjoy about school, any special responsibilities you have, your hobbies and any career aspirations you have.

You can also list any non-GCSE qualification you are working towards in your personal statement.

Once you've applied be sure to monitor your email inbox as this will be the way we will contact you to arrange your course consultation.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Our minimum entry requirements to study three A levels are six GCSEs at grade 5 or above. If you wish to take four A levels you will need to achieve six GCSEs at grade 7 or above. A number of subjects have their own minimum entry requirements so please check the subjects detail for more information.

We will consider other qualifications such as BTECs when reviewing your application, however, these do not form part of the minimum entry requirements. 


Come and join our vibrant learning community

Come and join our vibrant learning community

What is the course consultation like?

Once we have received school references most applicants are invited to attend a course consultation. This is a short friendly and impartial one-to-one advice and guidance session where you can discuss your strengths and ambitions with a member of college staff.  

The course consultation is not an interview.  It's your opportunity to ask questions and help us make sure you're choosing the right subjects

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 upon a variety of factors including their course consultation, the application form, and the school reference.  Each year we are contacted by students who wish they had applied but who chose not to so, if in doubt, you are encouraged to apply!  Our admissions team can offer lots of practical advice and will be happy to talk through any dilemmas or concerns you may have.

Can my parents attend the course consultation?

Most of our admissions events happen in the early evening.  Whilst the consultation element is a one-to-one session there is a presentation for parents and staff will be available to answer all their questions.

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

We will send you a letter within a few weeks of your course consultation letting you know whether we can offer you a place. All offers are conditional on achieving the required entry criteria (and these may differ depending on the subjects you wish to study).

Later we will invite you to take part in one of our Welcome to College Days that take place in late June. At these events you will experience A level lessons in at least two of your chosen subjects, and get to know some of the staff and other new students. 

Can I apply after the 24 Feb deadline?

You can still apply after the published deadline. However, we may not progress your application until after all other applicants have been considered and some subjects may not be available. 

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.

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

Any applicant who was not successful when applying for a place can appeal to the Principal for their application to be reconsidered, including new information such as school reports or results not available when their original course consultation took place. The appeals documents are available below

Appeals Procedure 2019

Appeals form

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