Admissions FAQ — Solihull Sixth Form College

Admissions FAQ

Applying for a place at Solihull Sixth Form College in September 2022? We have produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help you apply.

How do I apply?
Visit the Step-by-Step page to see a simple step-by-step guide to applying. You will be asked to create a new application first and then you can log back in at any time as a registered user. You will use this account again in August to book an enrolment appointment. When you register, you will be asked to provide an email address. Login details will be sent to this email address, so make sure you type the email address carefully. After you have successfully created your account you can login to complete your application.

Your email address should be appropriate and professional. Something like Zarababygirl@google.com will not create a good impression.  Use a regularly used email address for your contact details so you can be confident you receive communications. You must also provide full details for at least two parents/guardians along with their phone number(s) and email address(es).

Is there a deadline for applications?
Yes. The application deadline is 31 March.

Can I still make an application?
It is still possible to make an application. Please note, all applications received from 1 April 2022 onwards will be classed as “Late Applications” and will be held on a waiting list. We will endeavour to invite late applicants in for an interview during our late enrolment period at the start of September, though you should be aware that, whilst we will aim to meet your preferences, some courses or course combinations may no longer be available at that stage.

How do I make my application stand out?
Firstly, make sure you fully complete the application. Contact details for you and at least two parents/guardians are essential – this includes contact numbers and email addresses. When you add your qualifications, take your time to make sure you are choosing the correct one. For example, GCSE Double for Combined Science. If you are studying a BTEC or OCR National qualification, make sure you select the correct qualification type i.e. BTEC First Award. If you are unsure, check with your teacher.

There are two parts to the application form where you need to write about yourself. Use full sentences for these sections and check your spelling, punctuation and grammar. You should write a paragraph for each question.

How many subjects can I apply for?
We offer a wide range of Level 3 courses, with A Level, BTEC and Technical Level 3 courses. We have four main programme options:

  • 3 A Level Programme
  • 4 A Level Programme
  • BTEC National Diploma (equivalent in size to two A Levels) plus one A Level/A Level Equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma or CACHE Diploma (both equivalent in size to three A Levels)

Before you send us your application, research the different course and programme options. Our programme options have different entry requirements. You can check these on our Courses page on the website.

You should only apply for the courses you wish to study so do your research carefully.

How long will it take to process my application?
Our aim is to send email confirmation that we have received your application within two weeks of your submission. We are currently experiencing very high levels of enquiries, so if there is a delay please bear with us as we work through new applications as quickly as we can. Please note the initial email you receive from us will not include an invitation to interview.

Will I have an interview?
Your application is really important and you should complete it accurately with as much detail as possible. You will be invited into college for a face-to-face interview with a member of staff if your application indicates that you are likely to meet our entry criteria. This is nothing for you to worry about but it is important that you show yourself at your best. You should be ready to explain why you would like to study with us, why you have chosen your courses and a bit about you so you can show that you would make you a great student at Solihull Sixth Form College. Interviews take place from November onwards and you are at no disadvantage if you are interviewed later in the year.

Since submitting my application, I have changed my mind about what I would like to study. What do I do?
Read the course information on the website first – detailed A level and BTEC/CACHE course information is available – and watch our Subject Presentations, so you are confident you are making an informed choice. If you still think you want to change subjects, please fill in the Subject Change Form. Changes will not be made until enrolment in September, but your request to change will be noted.

My friend has already had an offer but I have not. Am I being disadvantaged?
Not at all. It does not matter when you receive your offer. Students who receive an offer in January and those who receive one in April/May are in exactly the same position. If you get an offer from us – regardless of when the offer was made – you will get your place provided you get the grades needed to meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme of study.

What do I need to do to get my reference to you?
Nothing! We will contact your school to get a reference on your behalf, so you don’t need to chase this. We might ask you to provide your mock exam grades to help us when we advise you on what the best programme of study is. Please keep checking your email to see if you get any emails from the Admissions Office about this or anything else related to your application.

If I get an offer, am I guaranteed a place with you?
All our offer letters state that the offer of a place is conditional on you getting the grades necessary to study with us and a suitable reference from your current school. It is important that you focus on getting the best possible GCSE grades at school, so that you can start here with confidence and enthusiasm.

What will happen with enrolment and when will this take place?
Students are joining us from a wide variety of schools, and, as you can imagine, there is a great deal to do in enrolling them all and making them feel comfortable in our College. We therefore provide all students with another individual interview as part of enrolment, with guidance to ensure that everyone is embarking upon the most appropriate course. At the enrolment interview, you will also be required to make a firm commitment to the enrichment course you choose. As soon as you receive your GCSE results, you will need to upload your results by logging in to your application account and you will be able to book an enrolment interview on either 31 August or 1 September if you meet the College entry requirements. You will receive details of how to do this in an Enrolment Guide, which we will send out in the summer.

I can’t make my enrolment appointment, what do I do?
Please email the Admissions Office or call us on 0121 704 2581 beforehand. Should you have any symptoms of Covid-19, no matter how mild, you should not come into College for your enrolment appointment and contact Admissions instead.

I need a Grade 6 in Maths to do my subjects, what if I don’t get it? (or any other subject specific criteria)
If you do not meet the subject specific entry criteria, but do meet our general core entry criteria then you will still have a place with us, but we will have to consider new subject(s) dependent on your grades and spaces on alternative courses.

How do I get a free bus pass? How do I apply for the bursary/free meals?
Information on Bursary, Free Meals and 16-18 photocards is available in the Enrolment Guide for new students which will be sent to all students holding an offer in the summer.

Updated 8 June 2022