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I’ve applied – what next?

Applying to college is a daunting prospect for many people which is why we have tried to make our admissions process as simple and easy as possible.

All our full time courses have entry requirements which help us to ensure that you have the preparation necessary to get the maximum benefit from your course.

We would always encourage you to apply for a course even if you are unsure that you have the correct qualifications as this can be discussed with the tutors. We make every effort to find a suitable course for every student.

Application Process

We have tried to make our application process as simple as possible – please hover over each section of the flowchart for more information:

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply to college?

There's no time like the present! We can accept applications for courses right up until the start of September, however many of our courses are popular and fill up early on in the year, so it is best to apply as soon as you can.

Can I apply for more than one course?

Yes. If you are unsure what you would like to do then you can apply and be interviewed for more than one course - e.g. if you are interested in hairdressing, sports and business studies, then you can apply for all these courses and use the interviews to help you decide which subject you would like to accept a place on.

You don't need to apply for multiple courses within the same subject area - e.g. there's no need to apply for level 1, level 2 and level 3 business courses. Just apply for one and at interview the academic staff will offer you a place on the level course most appropriate to your actual/predicted grades. Similarly you wouldn't need to apply for similar courses in the same are - e.g. there's no need to apply for Diploma in Health & Social Care level 2 and Working in Health & Social Care level 2. Apply for one and at your interview session discuss both course options.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship then it is okay to apply for that and also the equivalent full-time vocational course. Even if the apprenticeship is your first choice it's advisable to apply for the full-time alternative as a fall-back option, in case you don't secure employment as an apprentice or you change your mind and do not want to go for an apprenticeship.

I am having problems filling in the relevant forms for applying to college, financial help and transport. Can I get help with this?

Contact student services who will be more than happy to help you fill in any forms related to coming to college. Don't forget, we are open all year round.

I have applied for a course but changed my mind. What should I do?

Contact student services at the campus you have applied to. They will be able to advise you on alternative courses or withdraw your application.

What do I need to do once I've been offered a place?

You will need to look into transport details for getting to college, fees and financial help information and equipment that you may need.

What happens if I don't get the grades I need?

Most of our subject areas have courses at levels 1, 2 and 3 so don't worry if you do not get the exam grades you need; all you need to do is bring confirmation of your exam results with you on the first day of term. Course teams will discuss grades with you individually during induction week and will talk to you about alternative courses, if appropriate. They may decide you need to start on a lower level course than you applied for and were offered a place on, but if you successfully complete that course you will have the chance to progress onto the higher level course the following academic year. However, if you are concerned, please contact student services who will talk to you and advise course teams earlier, if necessary.

The only exception to the above is our A-level programme, which requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English language and maths (some subjects have additional specific requirements). The A-level personal tutors will be available at college on GCSE results day to offer support and advice.

I have started a course but it isn't what I was expecting. Can I change course?

Yes, depending on the circumstances it may be possible to transfer early in the first term. Come to student services and talk to a student advisor who will be able to help you.

I am unsure what course to do. Can you help me decide?

The college holds open days at various times during the year where staff from all areas are available to talk to and discuss the courses offered. Otherwise, you can book in with a student advisor to discuss the options available to you.

What do I need to bring to my interview?

All applicants are asked to bring predicted grades/previous results and any work experience reports. Any further requirements will be detailed in your interview letter.

When will I have to pay my fees?

All fees must be paid on enrolment, which takes place during summer; you will sent an invite to enrol at the college in June, containing all of the information that you need to bring with you. Don't forget, there are several ways to get financial help.

What about part time courses?

Only some part time courses are available to students aged under 19 and this also depends on whether you are already in full time education. Please contact student services for more details.

What about higher education?

Please visit the university courses pages, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.

What about apprenticeships?

Please see our apprenticeships pages for further information.