Thinking of going to college?
If you want to go to college or do an apprenticeship, you will have to apply. Schools use the UCAS Form in order to do this - see below.
Your school may not use the UCAS form - if not, you must complete an application form for each college you want to apply to - pick one up at Open Days or go in and ask!
The UCAS form enables you to apply for college courses. You fill it in on a computer at school. It is not just to do 'A' levels though, it's for any further education courses, but it is best to name the college you want to go to most as your first choice. You still need to fill this form in if you want to do an apprenticeship.
Your school may not use the UCAS form - if not you must complete an application form for each college you want to apply to - pick one up at Open Days or go in and ask!
If you have a disability or learning difficulty tick the disclosure box on the form so they know you'll need support to enable you to learn and achieve to the best of your ability.
If your first language isn't English make sure the college know so that they are able to fully support your needs. Mohammed says
'I am 19 years old and studying a diploma level 3 course at college. If I'd had support in making the right choices for me before I started college, I would be at University by now. I started off in the wrong direction for me and had to change course and college'.
If you haven't lived in the UK for long and are still learning English, you can enrol on ESOL courses at different levels - these courses will give you recognised accreditation, usually in City and Guilds and Skills for life ESOL from Entry upto Level 2 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Sometimes you can do a part time ESOL course as well as another Level 1 full time course, and this helps you progress onto Level 2 full time courses later. Ruban says',
'When I was in my school my Virtual School Improvement Officer helped me write my CV and personal statement, also she helped me choose my college course. I'm in Leicester College now on a Level 1 Motor Vehicle course and feel I'm on the right course for me but I'm also doing more ESOL to help me improve my English more so I can go onto a Level 2 course next year'
So ask for lots of information and guidance!
Interviews are held in the spring term so you usually know by the beginning of the summer term which colleges have offered you a place. Don't forget to send back your acceptance form!