If you’ve already applied to study with us, please make sure you login to the Applicant Portal and enter all required information before you come and enrol. If you’ve already enrolled, find out more about your first day and other induction information on our Starting College pages.
Enrolment will take approximately 2 hours, and we will need to see certain documents, depending on your circumstances. The documents we will need to see may include:
The sections below explain in more detail what documents you can bring to prove you meet the criteria for each section, and whether you need to provide evidence of benefits/low wage, or exam results and qualifications.
On this page, you will also find information about what documents you will need to be able to apply for the different types of funding that are available to cover the cost of your course.
If you cannot evidence your UK residency or proof of benefits/low wage, please contact us to discuss
We need to see proof of your UK residency. In all cases, your proof must be in-date, and be valid for the duration of your course.
Below are the documents that you can bring to prove your UK residency. Please note, we cannot accept driving licenses.
If you have renewed your British or Irish passport within the past 3 years, we will also need to see proof that you have lived in the UK during the timeframe 1st August 2020 to 1st August 2023
When you enrol, you will need to access your Home Office account to generate a Share Code for us. If a family member/parent made the application for you, you will need them to provide the share code.
If you are the husband, wife, civil partner, or child of an EU, EEA, or Swiss national with Pre- or Settled status and who meets the criteria above, we also need to see the following:
If you are the husband, wife, civil partner, or child of a national who has a BRC, we also need to see the following:
If you have any of the residency statuses below, you need to bring your biometric residency card (BRC).
If you are seeking asylum, please bring along any of the documents below:
To demonstrate you have lived in the UK for the 3 years before the start date of your course, we accept the following document/s. You can use a mix of one or more of these if one document alone doesn’t cover the timeframe from 1st August 2020 to 1st August 2023.
To prove a child under 18 has been in the UK in your permanent care, you can bring school reports or a letter from the school confirming how long they have been attending the school.
If you are aged 19 or older, and meet the residency requirements, you can study most of our Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 courses with us for free.
If you are employed, we will need to see evidence of your gross annual salary. This could be 4 weeks of wage slips, if you are paid weekly, or your current payslip, if you are paid monthly or a current employment contract, which states your gross monthly/annual salary.
However, if you are unemployed we will need to see evidence of JSA, ESA, IS and your full UC statement. We cannot accept bank statements for UC. You will need to show evidence of your benefits listed above, no older than 3 months prior to the start date of your course.
If you are aged 19+ and are unemployed and plan to study any course up to level 2 or one of the new *L3 pathways (further information on level 3 courses that fall into this category are available from our “contact us” page on our websites), you must bring proof of one of the benefits listed below, no older than 3 months from the start date of your course:
If you are working and earning a low wage and reside in London and earn less than £23,301.50 annual gross salary or outside London and earn less than £20,319 and intend to study a course up to level 2 or one of the new level 3 pathway courses, we will need to see your most recent wage slip or a current employment contract which states your gross monthly/annual wage.
For courses up to level 2, If you earn more than the low wage thresholds above but less than £30,000, please provide evidence of your income or your family income.
If you plan to study a further education course at *L3 which does not fall into one of the new pathways or a L4, L5 or L6 course and wish to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees we will e-mail you a Learning and Funding Information Letter (LaFIL) at the point of enrolment so that you can apply. Please do not apply without this letter. Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan
If you intend to study a Higher Education course with us, please contact the reception team at your intended Centre of study for the information you need to apply for a Student Finance England (SFE) tuition fee loan. Please note that if you are aged 17 or 18, to study a Higher Education course with us you need to either apply for an SFE tuition fee loan or self-fund the course. Further information on SFE loans/other financial support is available at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance
*If you are offered a place on one of the new L3 pathway courses you must meet eligibility criteria along with being in receipt of one of the benefits above or working and earning a low wage.
If you aren’t eligible to study one of our Level 3 courses for free, you may be eligible to pay your fees with an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL). We need to issue you with a Learning and Funding Information Letter (LaFIL). You will receive this letter in person when you come and enrol, or the enrolment team may e-mail it to you. Please do not apply for an ALL until you receive this letter.
If your application for an Advanced Learner Loan has not yet been finalised you will need to show evidence that an application has been made.
Further information on Advanced Learner Loans is available at the GOV website.
If you intend to study a Higher Education course you may be eligible to apply for a Student Finance England (SFE) tuition and or maintenance loan.
Please click here to download our guide on applying and eligibility to Student Finance England or visit the Student Finance Website.
If your application for a Student Finance England loan has not yet been finalised you will need to show evidence that an application has been made.
If an employer/sponsor is paying some/all of your course fees please bring a letter of ‘confirmation of payment’ on company headed paper dated and signed, confirming the amount that will be paid by the organisation, your name, ID number, and the person/address to be invoiced.
Please note that you will not be able to enrol without this letter.
If you are paying your course fees, you will need to pay at enrolment; we accept payment by debit/credit card. You may also be eligible to pay your fees in instalments, which we will discuss with you at enrolment.