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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Policy Statement

The College has an open-access policy to Admissions.


The College mission is to encourage the fulfilment of individual potential by providing high-quality education in a caring environment.

The College’s admissions policy is consistent with the College’s Single Equality Scheme: to ensure the development of positive policies which recognise that all members of the College community are of equal value and, as such, are all entitled to be treated fairly and without prejudice in every aspect of College life. The College commits itself to strategies eliminating all forms of discriminatory actions and practices, both individual and institutional.

Purpose of this policy

This policy applies to all 16–18 fulltime applicants for further education courses at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. Separate arrangements apply for applicants of compulsory school age.

Students who are 14-16 and planning to study at the college (previously home schooled or students still on role at another institution who are seeking to use the college as an alternative provision) must have a signed acknowledgement from the Local Authority (if home schooled) or from the home school confirming that they will be covering their fees prior to enrolment. Where such documentation is not available the college will seek to support the student concerned in achieving the necessary authorisation of finance. In the case of alternative provision, the school concerned must agree to the placement at the college in writing prior to the student beginning at the college.

Students with Disabilities

The College is committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students and other disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.

Responsibilities under the policy

  • Governors are responsible for setting the framework for student admissions and monitoring implementation of this policy.
  • The Principal and College Management Team are responsible for the overall operation of this policy and for ensuring it is reviewed and updated in line with current legislation.
  • The Deputy Principal and External Partnerships & Events Manager are responsible for implementing and monitoring necessary procedures to ensure this policy is followed correctly, consistently and fairly for all applicants.
  • Interview and Enrolment Teams are responsible for following the policy consistently and fairly in respect of all student enrolments.
  • Any appeals should be taken to the senior management of the college. This should take the form of a formal complaint, in writing (including e-mail), and will be administered under the complaints policy

Further differentiation of admissions processes will take place where appropriate to:

  • Carry out assessment in the absence of formal qualifications
  • Explore the recognition of prior achievement in lieu of formal entrance requirements
  • Identify any ESOL needs

The College accepts that it is not possible to legislate for every circumstance which might arise in the admissions process and provides guidelines for all staff involved in the admission of students.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions: