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Applying for a Full-time Course – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a full-time course?

  • Find the course that you are interested in and are likely to meet the entry criteria for and click on the APPLY NOW button on the right hand side. You will be asked to complete a form. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email acknowledgement within 2 days. Our Admissions team will then write to you to invite you for an interview.
  • Please click here for details of what to expect at your course interview

I haven’t yet applied for a course as I am worried about coming to college.
What should do?

  • A member of our School Liaison Team would be happy to give you and your parents/carers a personal tour of college to put your mind at rest and help you to decide if Wiltshire College is where you would like to study. Please contact Admissions to arrange this.

What if I want to apply for more than one course?

  • You can interview for as many course as you like. Once you have applied for your first course and had the interview, please contact the Admissions team and they will arrange further interviews for you. There is no need to re-apply.

What if I can’t attend my interview?

  • Please contact our Admissions team as soon as possible so that we can book you an alternative date and time.

Most interviews take place on Wednesday afternoons and are scheduled to minimize the amount of school missed, whilst working around our tutor’s timetables. We do have a high demand for interviews, so if you really cannot come, then let us know so we can re-allocate your interview and book you in to a future date.

What happens after my course interview?

  • Following your course interview we will send you an offer letter in the post which will outline any conditions that will need to be met, such as GCSE grades. If you do not wish to accept this offer, please contact Admissions so that we can amend our records and so that you will not continue to receive information from us.

Will I have the opportunity to visit College again before I start?

  • You are very welcome to come to any of our open events as detailed on our website http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/calendar/. Alternatively, our Schools Liaison Team are always happy to arrange a tour of the college for you.

You will be sent an invitation to Welcome and Induction Day on the following dates:

  • Trowbridge campus – Tuesday 5th July
  • Lackham campus – Wednesday 6th July
  • Salisbury and Chippenham campuses – Thursday 7th July

This is an opportunity for you to meet other students on your course as well as your tutor and help to answer any questions or worries you may have about coming to College. Enrolment Confirmation days are between 25 August and 31 August and you will be invited to come in to confirm your course choice, provide evidence of your grades and enrol on the course.

When does College start?

  • College starts for all students on Thursday 1st September. The only exception to this is for current students who are moving onto the second year of their Level 3 Extended Diploma. These students will start on Monday 5th September

What if I can’t make it to either Welcome Day or Enrolment Confirmation Day?

  • Please contact Admissions once you have received your invitation and they will advise what to do. It is really important to attend these events if you possibly can, but we understand that sometimes this is not an option. Residential students living far away are not expected to attend Welcome Day and can enrol when they move into their accommodation on 31st August.

What if I have not been resident in the UK/EU or EEA for 3 years?

  • If you have not been a resident in the UK/EEA for the last 3 years you may have to pay the overseas fees which are higher than the home student fees. It depends on your immigration status and the course you are enrolling on. Contact the Admissions Team for more information.

What happens if I have a criminal conviction?

  • Before we can put you forward for a course interview, you will be invited in for a meeting with the Student Services and Tutorial Manager on campus.

Will I have to pay for the course?

  • Home students who are under 19 on 31st August 2016 do not have to pay for their course.
  • Students who are 19 or over on 31st August 2016 will be eligible to pay tuition fees. You will be given a fee assessment when you attend Welcome Day in July.

If I have to pay for the course, how do I pay?

  • Students who have to pay for their course will need to do so at enrolment at the end of August. We can take a credit card, debit card, cash or cheque. The College can usually set up an instalment plan for you.
  • Students enrolling on an eligible level 3 course may be able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan. For further information go to: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans. Please contact Admissions for more information.

Can my employer pay for my course?

  • Yes. Your employer must complete an Employer’s Undertaking Form which can be downloaded here or you can collect a form from Student Services. Hand the form to Student Services when you enrol. Wiltshire College will then invoice your employer for your course fees.

If I am 19 or over can I get help with my course fees?

  • Some students on eligible courses may be entitled to fee remission based on their current qualifications, or if they are in receipt of benefits or on a very low income. Please check with the Admissions team to see what help may be available to you.

Can I get any financial support to help me to come to college?

  • If you have a low household income and are studying an eligible course, you may be entitled to a bursary or support from the Learner Support fund. Applications forms and full details will be available to collect at Welcome and Induction Days. You will also be able to view the information on our website www.wiltshire.ac.uk/information/money_matters/

If you have any other questions about your application to College, please contact us on admissions@wiltshire.ac.uk or 01225 756206

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