Your guide on how to apply for college

Want to study at a further education or sixth form college this year? Here’s our advice on choosing a place to study and how to apply.

Studying at a further education or sixth form college is a significant step towards university and great careers.

Making an application to college can be an exciting yet daunting prospect for many students, so here’s our guide on how to secure your place of study.

Before you begin your application, it is important to research the various colleges in your area. Many colleges have open days and taster events to give prospective students the chance to learn more about then and what they have to offer. Look at their course offerings, entry requirements and any additional information, such as extracurricular activities, facilities and student support services. This will help you to determine which college is the best fit for your education and career goals.

Capital City College Group (CCCG) comprises City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, and apprenticeship and training provider Capital City College Training. Our colleges offer A Levels, T Levels, BTECs and many other technical and vocational qualifications as well as apprenticeships in various subjects to give you the skills, knowledge and experience for university and your future career.

Once you have identified the colleges you are interested in, it is time to start the application process. Most colleges will have an online application system require you to set up an online account. When applying to CCCG you will be asked to provide your personal details, your education and employment background and other supporting information and documents. You only need to complete the full application form once no matter how many courses you apply for across CCCG.

There is no commitment at this stage, but it is advisable to submit your college applications as early as possible. You can choose as many courses at as many different colleges as you like, so you have plenty of options to choose from when you come to deciding on your preferred college.

As part of the application process, you may also be required to attend an interview or assessment day. This is an opportunity for the college to get to know you better and assess your suitability for the course, and for you to find out more about what the college has to offer. At CCCG we will find the right course and career pathway for you.

You will later be invited to enrol on your chosen course.  When enrolling at CCCG you will need to bring documents to show proof of UK residency and for some courses your previous qualifications or  exam results.

All our courses at CCCG are free up to Level 2 and some at Level 3 and 4.  If you are over 19, you will need to provide information regarding your income, such as payslips or evidence of benefits, to be prove your eligibility for our free courses. If you are required to pay tuition fees, you might want to consider an Advanced Learner Loan. Our Admission teams can advise on loans and provide you with a learning and funding letter to support your application.

When you start college, you will have access to a whole range of student services including careers advice and help with UCAS applications, student welfare, employer workshops, sports and other enrichment activities. By making the most of these opportunities at college, you can ensure a successful transition to higher education or career and a bright future.

 Find out more about all our courses and apprenticeships and apply here.

Apprenticeships: Your quick and easy guide to all you need to know

National Apprenticeship Week, 6-12 February 2023

Capital City College Group offers one of the largest range of apprenticeships in London with top employers from across the capital. Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know about apprenticeships.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an actual paid job where you spend 80 per cent of your time working and 20 per cent of your time learning the skills for the role. However, there are many options on how this can be provided to meet both the employer and apprentice’s needs.

Are apprenticeships only for young people?

No. Apprenticeships can be taken by anyone regardless of their age and qualifications. Currently, 185 of our apprentices are aged 16-18 and more than 800 are adults.

When can I start an apprenticeship?

You can start at an apprenticeship at any time of year like any other job. School-leavers should start looking and apply now for vacancies starting in September.

Are apprenticeships for those did not do well in their GCSEs?

No. However, the grades you get in your GCSEs and any other existing qualifications and experience can determine your eligibility for some apprenticeships.

At what Levels can you do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are set out in Levels depending on the skills required for the job.

  • Level 2 is for entry jobs into sectors including construction and customer services.
  • Level 3 is equivalent to A levels for roles requiring advanced skills such as technicians and supervisors.
  • Level 4 and Level 5 are equivalent to and HNC, HND or foundation degree.
  • Level 6 and Level 7 are Degree Apprenticeships.

Are apprenticeships only for manual labour jobs?

Not at all. While we provide excellent apprenticeship training for construction and engineering careers, there are many other areas you can take an apprenticeship in from accounting and hospitality and culinary arts to digital media, healthcare and business administration.

How much will I get paid?

How much you will be paid will be up to the employer. Whether you are aged 16 to 18 or over, you will be entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage and be entitled to holiday pay and other employee rights. Many of the employers pay significantly above this wage with the average salary for an apprentice in the UK around £20,000 a year.

What qualifications do I need to do an apprenticeship?

Entry requirements will vary depending on the Level of apprenticeship you are applying for. Typically, a Level 3 apprenticeship will require four to five GCSEs at 9-4 grades including English and maths. Sometimes these can be taken alongside your apprenticeship. Other qualifications and sector experience are also considered.

Can I get into university with an apprenticeship?

Yes. If you successfully complete a Level 3 apprenticeship with a high grade. Level 3 qualifications are the equivalent of up to three A Levels and marked Pass, Merit or Distinction. You could go on to do a degree apprenticeship with a company where the employer would cover your tuition fees.

Why should I choose CCCG for an apprenticeship?

We work with employers across London to run more than 1,000 apprenticeships each year and are responsible for a fifth of college apprenticeship starts in the capital. Our industry-experienced teachers and employer partnerships mean you will receive the highest standards of training to get the skills needed for your career.

Which employers does CCCG work with?

We work with more than 500 different employers from small businesses to large multinational employers. Here’s a few examples:

  • Level 2 Pharmacy Assistants with Barts, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.
  • Level 3 Engineering with Alstom and Siemens.
  • Level 4 Procurement and Supply with the Bank of England, Currys and Transport for London.
  • Level 5 HR with London Ambulance Service, O2 and Ladbrokes Coral.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

You can see a full list of our apprenticeship vacancies here or apply for the type of apprenticeship you are interested in here and we will match you with an employer. We will support you with the application process including CV writing and advice on interviews.

Apprenticeship vacancies are also advertised on job boards and other recruitment websites as well as on GOV.UK here.

If you are an employer interested in running apprenticeships, find out more here.

Find out more about our apprenticeships here.

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