When will I hear whether I have a conditional place or not?
We aim to let everyone know the outcome of their application as soon as possible. We do generally let people know at interview but the email confirming this can take a little longer.
What sort of offer can I expect?
Most of our offers are conditional on your GCSE results but we can also ask for portfolio of art work, performance audition or written work. Our offers are based on our individual courses. Please see the relevant page on our website for specific entry criteria. Some course areas like Performing Arts may require an audition. We do also offer unconditional places if you have prior qualifications. We also might refer you to another course and we do occasionally we are unable to offer a place and will write to you with the explanation.
I've received an offer without an interview, is this correct?
Yes, if we feel that your application is strong and your predicted or achieved grades are correct for the course you have applied for, we can progress straight to making you an offer.
I've received an offer, but I still want an interview, is this possible?
Yes, just contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be able to arrange an interview for you at our next session.
Can I change course after I have been offered a place?
We will do our best to accommodate you but cannot guarantee this since other courses may be full. If you change to course in a different area, for example from ICT to business you will need to submit another application. If you wish to change courses following the publication of GCSE results, this will depend on the availability of places but we are often able to do this.
I’ve been offered a place on a different course; why?
Based on your application or interview, we may feel that an alternative course or different level would be more suitable than your original choice and make you an offer accordingly. We can often review this at enrolment.
What happens if I do not reach the offer conditions?
If you do not make your predicted grades we will offer you a place on an alternative course or level. Please do ask or come to the dates advertised as Open Enrolment.
What happens if I decide not to take up my place?
You would need to let us know if you wish to withdraw as soon as possible, either by email or during the Enrolment process or by returning your Enrolment pack on GCSE results day, indicating that you do not wish to take up your place.
Are there any fees (16-18)?
If you are 16-18 years old and choose to study on a government funded course there is no fees to pay. This does not apply to HE courses where there are fees to pay. However, there are HE loans available. To be exempt, partially exempt or receive a loan for payment of fees you must qualify as a Home Student
Are there any fees (19+)?
Fee exemption for Adults (aged 19 or older on 31st August, 2021) are complex and can depend on your benefits status, your age, your highest level of achievement, and the level of course you are intending to study. All adults will be formally fee assessed during the enrolment process. If you are seeking fee exemption on the basis that you are claiming Means Tested Benefit (MTB), you will need evidence for this. MTBs include Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance (WRAG category), evidence must be dated no more than three months before the start of your course. MTBs are not available to study a Level 3 or higher course for which fees may be applied, however, Advanced Learning Loans are available. To be exempt, partially exempt or receive a loan for payment of fees you must qualify as a Home Student
What is a Home Student?
A Home Student is someone who has been normally and legally resident in the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. The evidence for this can be a passport or ID card, your Birth Certificate (UK born citizens only), Home Office documents, a solicitor’s letter or any other documents you hold that would establish your residency status.
If I get a waiting list place what are my chances?
This varies from year to year and often depends on which subjects are wanted. It is not possible to put any sort of figure on this. The more flexible you are about your subject choices, the more likely it is that we can fit you in. If you are keen to have a place, let us know after the GCSE results are published.
If I change my mind about a course once I have started can I change?
This may be possible but any changes must be requested very quickly and will depend on space availability and your grade profile.
Can I enrol if I was not initially selected for interview?
Yes, you can apply after GCSE results day by coming into our Paddington Green Campus with your GCSE results during our Open Enrolment period. You must still have met our minimum entry criteria. However we consider current applicants before new or re-applications. Courses can fill up over the enrolment period. Please remember this when booking your summer holiday.