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19+ Applicants

19+ Applicants



Each year we welcome a number of mature students into the college to study a variety of qualifications.

What is a Mature Student?

Any student who is at least 19 years old on the 1st September of the academic year that they are starting a new course.

When should I apply?

Applications are welcome at any time. We recommend that you apply early as there is a limit to the number of mature students that the college can accept. The preferred deadline for 2019 entry is Friday 25th January 2019

How do I apply?

You can apply online or alternatively request a hardcopy application form from You will then be invited into college for a consultation to discuss your application in more detail. We require a reference from all mature students as well as proof of previous qualifications. If your application is successful you will be invited to an enrolment appointment in August.

Can I study part-time?

Yes, we will try and work out a convenient timetable.

How many Mature students does the college have?

Anywhere between 15-50. It is unlikely there will be another mature student in your class.

What courses do they take?

You can apply to study any of the college courses as a mature student.

Can I take a GCSE?

Yes. The college offers a range of GCSE level courses including Maths, English and Biology as well as a number of level 2 BTECs. You can see the full selection in the Progression Year.

When are the classes?

The are four lessons a week for each course throughout the academic year. The lessons will normally be on four different days and at different times. Some courses have no lessons finishing later than 1pm. It is sometimes possible to make more flexible arrangements for particular courses.

Are there shorter courses?

There is a separate programme of shorter courses held in the evenings, however A Levels and BTECs are not available during this time.

How can I find out about more courses?

Detailed course information is available here. You could also visit us on our Open Evenings in October and February. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the course further, please contact the Admissions team on 01723 380722.

What provision is made for students with special needs?

This college has a strong commitment to do its utmost to facilitate application and study for all members of the community. You can read about our services on our Learning Support page or please contact us on 01723 380779 to discuss your needs.

What fees will I have to pay?

Most mature students pay a fee, although there are some exemptions. You may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to help pay for fees. Below are the fees for 2018/19.