How to Apply
If you want to apply for a course starting this September please contact the Admissions Team on 01743 342346. The online application process will open for courses starting in September 2017 on 11 November 2016.
Please contact Admissions if you have any queries on 01743 342346, or to receive the application form in an alternative format.
If you are interested in joining our College, the first step is to view the full-time courses on this site or request a prospectus. (If you require the prospectus in another format please contact our Admissions Team on 01743 342346.) We also recommend that you attend an Advice Event to gain more information about the College and our courses. We have Taster sessions held throughout the year to get an idea of what course might suit you.
Once you have seen the range of courses on offer and you have considered if you will get the correct grades for the course you are encouraged to apply (preferably by February half term - but we accept applications up to September, though some courses may fill up).
You can apply online if there is an APPLY NOW button for your chosen course on our website. Otherwise complete an application form and send it to the Admissions Team. Application forms are available here.
You will be invited to a Group Interview and we will contact you regularly throughout the year regarding your Induction Event and enrolment dates, so please ensure you correctly enter your email address and telephone number on your application - and notify us of any changes. We will also be sending you emails regarding student finance, travel application forms and any other information you will require with regard to your transition to College.
All full-time applicants will be required to attend a Group Interview - the interview will take place at the College on London Road. You will be informed when your interview will be by email within two weeks of receiving your application. You will gain more information about the College and the course you have applied for, as well as discussing any additional support you may need. You must attend a Group Interview if you wish to receive an offer on your chosen course.
Group Interviews are held nearly every month. We invite a large group of applicants, approximately 200+ to each of these events. If you feel that you would prefer a one 2 one interview please contact us on the email address or telephone number below.
If you cannot attend the date you have been scheduled for your interview, please email email@example.com or contact us on 01743 342346 to arrange an alternative date.
You will be given more information and advice about the course that you have applied for at this event. The tutor will inform you of their decision and you will be given a paper copy of your conditional place.
The Induction Day for next year is due to take place on Wednesday 12 July 2017. All students who have been offered a conditional place are expected to attend this very important event. You will sample the course you have applied for, meet tutors and fellow students and have a tour of the campus. Any other details will be emailed to you regarding this event.
Student enrolment will be held at the end of August and beginning of September 2016. We will inform you via email which is the allocated time and day for your course. You will need to bring your examination results with you on the day and we will let you know if there is anything else you need to bring with you to enrol.
Raising Participation Age
From 2015 young people are expected to stay in learning until the end of the year in which they turn 18. The legislation also requires any young person who is employed, self-employed or volunteering to still be in part time learning of at least 20 hour per week.
Shrewsbury College hopes that young people will choose to continue their study on one of our part-time courses, full-time courses or an Apprenticeship.
Changes to GCSE grades
The government has introduced a new numerical grading system for GCSEs that will replace the current system of grades A* - U. Grade 4 is equivalent to a low grade C and grade 5 a high C. Grade 4 will continue to be a level 2 achievement and will not require students to re-sit. It is however best to check the entry requirements for each course as there may be some variations.
As a general rule this will apply:
|LEVEL OF COURSE||ENTRY CRITERIA GRADES|
|Level 3||4-5 GCSES A*-C or grades 9 - 4|
|Level 2||2-3 GCSES or more at grade D or grade 3|
|Level 1||1-2 GCSES or more at grade E or grades 3 - 1|
This document explains the new grading in more detail. This will start with only English and maths GCSEs taken in 2017. The new grading structure will be applied to other GCSE subjects in 2018 and 2019.
Some of our courses may have entry qualifications and you may need to have an informal chat with the tutor to check it is appropriate for you - this will be clear in the Other Details area of course factsheets.
Most of our part-time courses do not have any specific entry requirements and in these instances you are able to enrol either in person or by phone between 9.00am-5.00pm Monday - Thursday and 9.00am-4.30pm on Friday. You can also enrol and chat to staff at our advice / enrolment events which happen throughout the year or use our Live Chat.
You will be required to pay your course fees at the time of enrolment, so please ensure that you bring an appropriate payment method with you, (as well as appropriate evidence if you are eligible to have any fees waived).
If you are interested in an Apprenticeship you are required to have an employer within the relevant trade. We recommend that you attend an Advice Event to gain more information about the College and our courses/apprenticeships.
You can apply online if there is an APPLY NOW button for your chosen Apprenticeship on our website. Otherwise complete an application form and send it to the Admissions Team. Application forms are available here.
We will contact you regarding your Group Interview, and enrolment dates, so please ensure you correctly enter your email address and telephone number on your application - and notify us of any changes. You will be required to attend a Group Interview at the College on London Road. You will gain more information about the College and the Apprenticeship you have applied for, and will undertake appropriate initial assessment tests.
If you require more information on Apprenticeships please contact the Admissions Team on 01743 342346
Higher Education Courses
Full-time Higher Education courses
To apply for any full-time Higher Education course, either at Shrewsbury College or at another university, you will need to complete the online UCAS application form.
You should apply for your place at the beginning of year 2 of your course. Your tutor will take you through the registration process.
Once you have a list of your university and course choices, go to www.ucas.com and click on the ‘Apply’ part of the site. You can then click ‘Register/ Log in’ to begin the registration process. If you are a Shrewsbury College student, you must register as a student at a college and input our buzzword: Shrewsbury2017. You can then complete the online UCAS application.
Completing the application form. You should complete each section of the form and when finished, click 'pay and send'. At this point you will be asked to input your credit or debit card details - it costs £13 to apply for 1 course or £24 for between 2 and 5 choices.
The personal statement is the most important part of the form and is used by admissions tutors to decide on the suitability of applicants for their course.
The application system opens on 1st September and ends on 15 January each year. You can apply after this deadline but your application will be classed as late. You should aim to apply as early as possible after 1st September as the most popular courses fill up quickly.
If you need any help completing your application form, Nichola Mannering is our HE & Careers Adviser. You can either make an appointment with Nichola by dropping in at the Agency, or telephone her on 01743 342320.
Part-time Higher Education courses
Applications for part-time HE courses do not go through UCAS. You can apply online via the course details page for your chosen course. Once the College receives your application you will be invited to the College for an interview.
If you are applying for the PGCE and hold a degree you will need to apply via www.ucas.com. Those applicants without a degree are to apply directly to the College.
For further help on part-time HE courses please telephone 01743 342346 or 342557.
Certificates for courses with qualifications
Certificates are posted to the address we have on record for you and we recommend you update us with any changes to your address before you finish your course. Apart from GCSEs, GCEs and A Levels, awarding bodies process certificates at different times, so we don’t have specific dates for the posting out of certificates. If you haven’t heard anything by the end of August, please contact the College.
Please note: Once you have received your certificate, please check the details and contact us immediately if you see a mistake – there is a short period of time where errors can be amended free of charge.