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Applying to college is an exciting next step in a young person's life, but we understand that it can be a daunting one too. We have a guidance team dedicated to helping our potential students find the ideal course for them and we have a streamlined process to make their transition to college go as smoothly as possible.
We are also aware that whilst year 11's often cover a lot of the college application process in sessions in school, parents are sometimes a little more in the dark. We want you to feel included and to be able to support your young person through this journey, so hopefully the information below will help you understand the process. However our guidance team are not just here for students, they are here for parents too, so please do call us if you have any questions.
Stage 1: Take a look round
Open evenings are the best way to get a good feel for the college, meet our tutors and explore our fantastic facilities. We have 3 open evenings a year and you are very welcome to attend as many as you like. If you are unable to make the dates or would like a quieter experience, please book a personal campus tour.
Parents and Guardians are very welcome at all our open events as it helps them support their young person with their decision.
Check out our Events page for more details.
Stage 2: Apply online
Our application form is a straightforward, single page form on our website and we encourage pupils to apply as early as possible as this gives the best possible chance of securing their first choice of college and course(s).
Do not worry if your young person is unsure of the grades they may achieve at this stage, we would still suggest they apply for the courses they are interested and should you have any questions or concerns about their results, our Guidance Team are here to help.
If they are deliberating between our various study programmes, we would encourage them to contact our Guidance Team to discuss their options and they will offer lots of friendly advice to help them make that final decision.
Stage 3: Course Discussion
Once we have received their application, students are sent an email asking them to book a course discussion. These are held in college and are a friendly face to face discussion about the chosen course and any future ambitions. Parents or Guardians are always welcome to join in and it’s a great chance to both ask as many questions as you like, to ensure it’s the right decision. It's also the perfect chance to discuss any learning support requirements or financial support options (if applicable).
Stage 4: Formal Offer
Following a successful course discussion, applicants will receive a formal offer from us via email, which fully explains the grades they need to get on to the course.
Stage 5: Enrolment
During the summer, applicants who have accepted their offer of a place to study with us, will be sent an individual online enrolment link with full details of what to do.
To ensure their place at KGV, they need to click this link and fill in a few details. From GCSE results day, they can then come into college with proof of their GCSE results and collect their college ID badge.
Once they have enrolled, their place is now secured and assuming they meet the entry criteria they will be starting their studies with us in September!Enrolment: More info
When should we apply?
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible to give them the best possible chance of securing their first choice of college and course, as our most popular courses do fill up fast.
This is also helpful for the mind-set of the young person, as once the next step in their education is sorted, they can concentrate on successfully completing year 11.
However, subject to availability, we do accept applications right up to the start of term. Applications can be made 24/7 via our online application form.
Can I apply on their behalf?
Yes, you can complete the application form on their behalf. However, they need to attend the course discussion themself, although you are welcome to join them if you both so wish.
Can pupils apply to more than one college?
You can apply to as many colleges and for all the courses you are interested in, however you must only enrol at one college (Stage 5).
We have applied but haven’t been offered a course discussion yet.
Once you have applied you will be sent an email asking you to book a course discussion. During peak application seasons, there may be a brief period of time between application and this email arriving, but rest assured your application is in process.
If you completed an application form but have not heard from us within 10 working days, please contact our Guidance Team who will confirm if we have received the application.
I have more questions…
Not a problem and we are only too happy to help. The first port of call would be our experienced and friendly Guidance Team who are on hand to help find the answer to any questions you might have. You can find their details here.
ProPortal is a way for you to keep updated on your son/daughter/ward’s academic information, timetable, attendance and annual reports. If you do not have login for ProPortal or have trouble accessing the system contact our Reception team.
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College term times
Autumn Term 2023
Monday 16 - Friday 27 October (inclusive)
Spring Term 2024
Monday 12 - Friday 16 February (inclusive)
Summer Term 2024
Monday 27 - Friday 31 May (inclusive)
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