How to apply
The first step is to view the full-time courses on this website or request a prospectus. (If you require the prospectus in another format please contact our Admissions Team.) If you would like advice on the appropriate course choice and/or level please contact our Admissions Team or we recommend that you attend an Advice Event or Open Evening to gain more information about the college and our courses. We hold Taster sessions throughout the year to get an idea of what course might suit you.
Once you have viewed the range of courses on offer and considered the grades you are likely to achieve, you are encouraged to apply by 25 February to ensure you get your first choice - but we accept applications right up to September- spaces permitting.
You can apply online if there is an APPLY NOW button for your chosen course on our website.
We do not give priority to applications from pupils enrolled at particular schools.
You will be invited for an interview which you must attend if you wish to receive an offer on your chosen course/s.
You will be informed when your interview will take place 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 discuss any additional support you may need.
You will be given more information and advice about the course you have applied for at the interview. The tutor will inform you of their decision and you will be given a paper copy of your conditional place. You will then receive an email confirming your offer of a place that you will need to accept/decline. You can apply to more than one course if you are not sure e.g. between a Level 3 vocational course or A Levels – and then decide at enrolment.
We will contact you regularly throughout the year about your Pre-Enrolment and enrolment dates, so please ensure you correctly enter your email address and telephone number on your application - and notify us of any changes. The only information that is posted is the information about your enrolment. 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 vocational applicants will be required to attend an interview at the college on London Road Campus or English Bridge Campus. Interviews are usually held every month. We invite a large group of applicants, approximately 200+ to each of these events. The first presentation is a general one about the College which parents/carers can also attend. You will then go with a smaller group to your chosen subject area for more specific course information and an individual discussion with a subject tutor to ensure you are making the right choice and ask any questions.
If you would prefer a one to one interview, please contact us at the email address or telephone number below.
A Level Interviews
A Level interviews take place either in your school or in College. Your invitation will tell you which location. Parents/carers are welcome to attend to find out more about the College, and you will have an individual discussion about your A Level choices.
The Pre-Enrolment dates for 2022/23 have not been finalised yet, but usually happen in June/July. The dates of Team Sports Trials and A Level Music auditions have yet to be finalised.
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. You will receive further details regarding this event by email. This is a timetabled day for applicants to experience the subject fully.
Parent Pre Enrolment - for parents/carers to find out more about the College, the academic and pastoral support and communication with parents. This event usually takes place in June and parents will be sent an email invitation to book a place.
Student enrolment will start after GCSE results up until the beginning of September. All courses will enrol at the London Road Campus as there is ample free parking. We will inform you in early July via post about the allocated time and day for you to enrol 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.
GCSE grades and Entry Requirements
As a general rule this will apply:
|LEVEL OF COURSE||ENTRY CRITERIA GRADES|
|Level 3||4-5 GCSES A*-C or grades 9 - 4 - 5GCSEs for A Levels|
|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|
It is however best to check the entry requirements for each course as there may be some variations.
All of our events are supported by staff from the Student Services Team who can help with travel, finance, additional learning support and wellbeing.
Please contact the Admissions Team if you require assistance at any of the events.
Some of our courses have entry requirements and you may need to have an informal chat with the tutor to check if 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 9am-5pm Monday - Thursday and 9am-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 occupation. It may be that you are currently working in the area you wish to take an Apprenticeship – or you can apply for the Apprenticeship vacancies available here.
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. We will contact you regarding your 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 an interview at the London Road Campus, where you will gain more information about the College and the Apprenticeship you have applied for and will undertake appropriate initial assessment tests in literacy and numeracy.
If you require more information on Apprenticeships please contact the Business Solutions team on 07792 039731.
Higher Education Courses
Full-time Higher Education courses
To apply for any full-time Higher Education course at Shrewsbury Colleges Group you will need to complete the online UCAS application form. Once you have a list of your 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 an existing Shrewsbury Colleges Group student, you should apply for your place at the beginning of year 2 of your Level 3 course. Your tutor will take you through the registration process as there is a special code needed.
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 one course or £24 for between two and five choices.
- The personal statement is the most important part of the form and is used by HE Tutors to decide on the suitability of applicants for their course.
The application system opens on 1 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 1 September as the most popular courses fill up quickly.
You may wish to access the National Careers Service for more in-depth support. If you are currently a Shrewsbury Colleges Group student, you may book an appointment to speak to Paul by dropping in at The Agency or via your Student Support Tutor or Progression Specialist.
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.
For further help on part-time HE courses please call 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 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 when errors can be amended free of charge.