Guidance for Applicants

As soon as we receive your online application form, we will invite you in for an initial assessment interview with our Recruitment and Careers Coordinator to set some initial career goals, find out what you have already studied and any qualifications achieved to date and identify a suitable course and level for you. In order to do this, we need some important information from you. Please read the following guidance notes – this will make the application process quicker and smoother:

Your Maths and English levels: if you are doing P Levels (pre-entry), you need to apply for an Entry 1 Foundation course. If you have achieved Entry 1 in English and Maths, you need to apply for an Entry 2 Foundation course. If you have achieved Entry 2 in English and Maths, you need to apply for an Entry 3 Foundation course. If you have achieved Entry 3 in English and Maths and are emerging as Level 1, please apply for a Level 1 vocational course. If you have achieved Level 1 in English and Maths, or you achieved grades (1) or (2) in your English and Maths GCSEs, you may apply for a Level 2 vocational course. If you achieved a grade (3) in your English and Maths GCSEs, you may apply for a Level 2 vocational course and resit your GCSEs at the end of the academic year. If you have already achieved Level 2 in functional skills or you have achieved a grade (4) or above in your GCSEs, we would recommend a Level 2 or Level 3 course.
I don’t know my levels!” If you do not have a results slip, exam certificate or if you are waiting on exam results, please provide the name of a relevant teacher (English, Maths, Year Head) and we will liaise with them directly to ascertain your levels. If you have not been in education for the past year or you have been home-schooled we will ask you to sit an online English and Maths assessment to determine the level at which you should be studying.
I am good at Maths, but I am not so good at English”: there are many different reasons why you may be better at English than Maths or vice versa. You may simply enjoy a certain subject more or you may have a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, which makes it harder for you to progress in a particular area. If this is the case, we may recommend that you begin at a slightly lower starting point than you anticipated. This is to give you the time and support you need to make adequate progress in both functional skills.
Choosing a course: Please do not choose more than 2 vocational courses on your application form. When deciding which course to choose, try to think about what you enjoy, what you are good at and which job you would like to do in the future. If you are still unsure which course to choose, we can arrange an initial assessment interview to explore your skills and preferences further, and you can submit an online application form afterwards when you have a clearer idea.
Your age: If you are aged 16-18 or 16 -24 and with an ECHP by 31st of August of the year in which you are applying, then you are the right age to apply for one of our Study Programmes. If you are already 19 (or will be 19 by 31st August) and you do not have an ECHP, then you are not eligible and are classed as an adult and would need to explore local providers of adult courses.