Our website works in the same way as your favourite online shops. Find the course you would like to apply for and click ‘Apply Online’ to add it to your basket.
Once you’ve applied, we will invite you for an interview – we are currently holding interviews online – these normally take place at the centre where your course will be taught.
You can even apply for A Levels and a vocational course at the same time.
Once you’ve applied, you will get an email from us with a date and time.
Once you’ve had your interview, we will email you an offer to study with us – login to our application portal and accept the offer. We will then send you a letter in June or July which will have full details about enrolment.
Enrolment is the name of the process that allows you to study us. You will get your ID card, your student login details (for emails, MyDay – our app, which contains all the information you need to study with us) and timetable information.
We usually begin enrolling new students in late August. We will send you a letter with your enrolment date and time once you have accepted your offer.
If we need a reference from your current school or college, we will ask you to bring one in to enrolment.
You can add more courses to your application form – simply find the course you’d rather study, add it to your basket and log-in to your applicant account. When you come in for an interview, you can let us know you don’t want to proceed with your previous application.
Start dates for courses are usually in September; some courses, such as apprenticeships, can be started throughout the year. Once you have been offered a place, we will get in touch with you to advise you of your enrolment dates, which will be in late August or early September.
Once you’ve enrolled, we will give you the exact start dates and times for your chosen course. Most of our courses follow our main term dates.
Classes usually take place between 9am and 5pm on Monday to Friday. However, the exact times will vary depending on your chosen course. Your teacher will be able to advise you of the full timetable during induction.
There will be times when you do not have timetabled classes – most of our full-time courses involve 3-4 days of teaching per week. However, we have extensive learning resources available, which we actively encourage you to make the most of, during private study.
Some courses may require you to attend evening classes or special events. You may also choose to enter national competitions, which can involve preparation time and attendance outside of normal class hours, such as at weekends and in the evenings.
We have courses to suit everyone, no matter what GCSE grades you are leaving school with.
Each of our courses list the specific entry requirements – the higher the level, the higher the entry requirements, starting from Entry Level through to Level 3 and higher.
Don’t worry! Although we may need to reassess your situation, we offer a wide variety of courses at many different levels – come in for your enrolment as planned, and we can discuss the best option for you then.
At our colleges, each of our students is individual and that is reflected in what they choose to wear! We don’t have a uniform, nor do we stop you wearing make-up or styling your hair how you want to. All we ask is that you don’t wear any offensive slogans or statements on your clothing. For some courses there may be required clothing that you will need to wear whilst you are undertaking certain tasks; for example, laboratory coats for science experiments.
All of our students and staff wear ID cards on lanyards around their neck to help us identify each other, and to ensure our buildings are safe places for you to study.