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The World of Further Education: What do I need to do?

How to apply for colleges and sixth form:

  1. Always ask for a prospectus from the college/sixth form that you want to attend, that way you’ll know what they have on offer.
  2. Find out what grades you need in order to get a place on your course, if you do not have the grades for your course look for similar options that do not require the same grades.
  3. Find out when the college open day is and take your parent(s) or a friend along with you to visit, that way you’ll get a second opinion.
  4. You will receive an application form at the open evening; alternatively you can find one on the college website. Make sure you meet the deadline for the application date.

What grades do I need?

Grades will depend on the subject and course that you want to study and the requirements of the particular institution. Here is a basic guidance on entry requirements.

  • If you happen to leave school with no qualifications you still have the option of going to college, so don’t give up! You will be able to apply for a Foundation Course at entry level and level 1.  -->This can lead to a BTEC level 1 or 2.
  • If you manage to get 3 GCSEs at grade D and above you can apply to study a BTEC Level 2 Diploma Course, NVQ Level 2 or an Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2.  --> This can lead to BTEC Extended Diplomas or CSkills Level 3 Diploma.
  • 4 or more GCSEs at Grade C and above you can apply to study an extended Diploma, A-Levels, Cache Level 3 Diploma, NVQ Level 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship.    -->This can lead to employment or a foundation degree.

Specialist Colleges in the UK:

Some colleges in the UK specialise in a particular subject, such as Music, Art, Dance and Drama. Below is a list of the colleges that specialise in particular areas.

  • Chelsea College of Art & Design
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Wimbledon College of Art
  • UAL: All six Colleges of University of the Arts London
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • London Theatre School
  • Myerscough College (Horticulture)
  • Pershore College of Horticulture
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Rose Bruford College
  • The Brit School
  • Royal College of Music
  • Academy Contemporary Music
  • Leeds College of music
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Trinity College
  • Easton College (Agriculture)

Advice

Always check the reputation of the college before you apply, check that the course you wish to study is well structured and have effective practitioners delivering it. It is always a good idea to check the examination results from the previous year, this should be on their website or you can simply ask them!

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