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.

Thousands take first step towards future careers as enrolment begins at CANDI

More than 5,000 people have signed up to study courses at City and Islington College (CANDI) during the first week of enrolment.

The college offers a wide range of A Level and vocational courses at its centres in Angel, Camden Road and Finsbury Park, which are free up to Level 2 regardless of age or income.

CANDI is offering A Levels at its Sixth Form Hub in Enfield for the first time this year.

The college also runs English, Maths and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, higher education qualifications and free short courses.

Tania Lafayette, 42, has enrolled on a Childcare and Education (Early Years Workforce Educator) Level 3 Diploma having completed Childcare courses at Level 1 and 2 at CANDI’s sister college Westminster Kingsway.

The mum of four, who works part-time at a playcentre in Camden, hopes to become a teaching assistant and eventually work with children with special educational needs.

She said: “I love interacting with children. It makes me feel happy and seeing their progress is amazing. I’ve already learnt a lot. The teachers are very supportive and make you feel very motivated. Every day there is something new to learn. This course is a big opportunity for my future.”

Polly at enrolment

Polly Dennish Ross, 18, is to study an Art and Design: Fashion and Textiles Level 3 Foundation Diploma to boost her portfolio for university after finishing her A Levels at CANDI this year.

She said: “I’ve always loved clothes and pretty things. I want to go into a very tactile field and don’t want to be stuck behind a desk. I was very curious from a young age and that made me very creative.

“Vivienne Westwood has always been one of my main inspirations. She’s so subversive but still very feminine and I like how she puts history into her garments. Her vision is incredible and she has made such a huge impact on the fashion industry.

“I’m excited by the amount of experimentation there is on the course and being able to find my own style.”

Mohammad Isharq Bakshi, 19, will be studying a Health and Social Care Level 3 Diploma having completed Levels 1 and 2 at Westminster Kingsway.

He said: “I want to become a nurse. I used to look after my grandad when he had a heart problem, which made me realise how much I want to help people. I get a lot of satisfaction from caring for others.”

Joe at enrolment

Joe Lamb, 16, who enrolled on an Art and Design Level 3 Diploma, said: “My dad’s a professional artist, so I guess it’s in my blood. I took part in a competition at school in Year Seven. I did a massive portrait of Usain Bolt and won. My teachers though I really had a talent and felt I could really take off in this subject and I carried it on at GCSE.

“I think the course will challenge me and show me what I’m capable of. I’ve had a chat with the teachers. They showed me around the department and I was really impressed. I feel welcomed already.”

You too could be among the students enrolling at CANDI this summer and gaining new skills and knowledge to enhance your career and education prospects.

Enrol at CANDI today to start a course this September.

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