- The Principal, assisted by the two Vice Principals, will be responsible for the admission of students.
- The main entry points to the College are at 14, 16 and 18.
- Admission is generally at the beginning of the academic year, which is in September. (18 month - five term - A Level courses commence in January). Admission at other times and into other years can often be accommodated subject to the availability of places.
- Transfer from GCSE or IGCSE classes to AS level is subject to satisfactory performance at GCSE and the availability of appropriate courses of study at A-level.
- Applicants should have the required background experience and qualifications to start a course. For a typical A level course, the College normally requires 5 GCSE passes at grades A* - C, including English and Mathematics. A satisfactory IELTS score is an alternative to GCSE.
- Applicants are not selected by entry tests but the College does sometimes use diagnostic tests to ascertain what level of understanding a student may have in a subject.
- The College will outline the options available and explain the different Tiers in Mathematics and Statistics GCSE/IGCSE. Applicants are informed that any decision relating to Higher or Foundation Tiers will be determined by the subject Tutor after one term.
- Scholarship tests are available for students whose previous performance at school or college indicates a special talent or ability.
- Each applicant will be interviewed by a Vice Principal or another senior and experienced member of staff. The style of the interview is intended to be natural and informal, and provides an opportunity for the family to take its own decision over the education on offer as well as for the College to learn about the family and the applicant. The selection process differs between “home” students and those who need a UK visa in order to study (see Pre-CAS).
- The College sets other criteria for entry which it may explore at interview. These are that:
- the applicant is of the appropriate age and sufficient maturity;
- the applicant enjoys satisfactory general health;
- the applicant's learning difficulties and other special needs (if any) can, in the opinion of the Principal and Vice Principals, be managed within the College’s normal provision;
- reports from the applicant’s present or most recent school indicate satisfactory attitudes and conduct on the part of parents and applicant;
- where the applicant’s present school is fee-paying, all fees have been paid and the parents are able, if required, to satisfy the Principal and Vice Principals that they are in a position to pay the fees of the courses applied for.
Applicants will be made aware of any additional selection tests that they may be required to take if it is their intention to seek a university course in Law (LNAT), medicine or Dentistry (UKCAT) or entry to certain universities (BMAT).
Equality Act 2010
In making an admissions assessment, the College will take no heed of any disability, or of the applicant’s skin colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religious faith, sexual orientation or area of residence.
For further details on Admissions, please refer to the Admissions Policy (See About Us).