Prospective Students

FAQs

Got a question? We’ve got the answer!

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below!

If your question isn’t here then don’t worry, email our Admissions experts who can help via admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk or send a message via Cedar.

I’ve not received any information about how to access the open event?

If you have not been receiving emails from us, it may be because you have changed your email address since making your application. 
If this is the case, please message us via your Cedar account or email admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk  

If your email address has not changed, it may be that the emails are going into your junk/spam folder.  We send information about how to join the virtual event 1 week before the event and then again the day before. 
If you do not receive the information, please contact us immediately on admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk

I don’t know what I want to study next year or what I want to do as a career. Please can you help me?

We recommend that you talk to the careers adviser from your school who can give you excellent advice and guidance. 

You can start doing your own research.  We have course guides for all the subjects we offer on our website at which include links to “Find Your Feet” tasks that enable you to get a sense of the course content and the work you would be doing if you enrolled on the subject.

We would also recommend that you register for one of our open events where you will have an opportunity to take part in webinars for a range of subjects and join a live chat with subject staff.  Register here

I haven’t been given any target grades or predicted grades so I can’t complete the application form.

We would recommend that you talk to your tutor or head of year at school to see if you can get your predicted grades. 

If you have some sense of what grades you are likely to get, you can enter them into your application.  Otherwise, leave the section blank.  We will discuss this with you when we invite you to your First Course Discussion.

I haven’t been given any target grades or predicted grades so I can’t complete the application form.

We have prepared a handy guide to entry requirements and pathways.  Click here to listen to our External Partnerships & Events Co-ordinator, Georgia explain how it works.

WHAT IS A FIRST COURSE DISCUSSION?

A First Course Discussion is an informal chat with a member of the College’s interview team. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you and find out more about your intended career path.  It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course options and about what life is like as a Sixth Form College student. Once you have made an application to us, you will receive information about your First Course Discussion via email and a letter to your home address.

Please note: If your First Course Discussion appointment is in November or December, this discussion will be conducted via telephone. Please expect a phone call from a member of the College’s interview team between 4-6pm on the day of your appointment.

Can I reschedule my First Course Discussion?

To reschedule a First Course Discussion you can contact us via Cedar or by emailing us at admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk and we will reschedule the appointment for you.

where do i find out what my Cedar username and password is?

Your Cedar username is your Student ID number, this can be found on your enrolment letter. You should have received a text message with your Cedar password. If you do not know your Cedar password please email admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk or call 01782 854221.

Can I change my course choices?

You will have a number of opportunities to add and/or change your course choices. You don’t have to make your final decision until your enrolment appointment in August. To add and/or change courses, please tell the member of staff at your First Course Discussion.  Alternatively you can message us on Cedar or email admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk.

HOW DO I UPDATE MY CONTACT DETAILS?

Please make the College aware of any changes to your personal or emergency contact details including home addresses, email addresses and contact numbers. To do this please message us on Cedar or email admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk.

Will I be able to resit GCSEs at College?

Students who do not pass GCSE Maths or GCSE English will be enrolled on the subject they did not pass alongside their other course choices.  We also offer a Level 3 Foundation Programme for students who achieve 2 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above but do not have enough GCSEs to start a Level 3 programme immediately.  Students can then progress to Level 3 the following year, subject to achieving Grade 4 or above in their GCSEs.

What do I do if I don’t get the grades I need for my course choices?

When you come to your enrolment appointment, you will have the chance to discuss your results and your course choices with a member of the interview team.  If they feel your grades indicate that you wouldn’t be able to cope with your preferred courses, they will try to offer you alternatives that will enable you to progress successfully.

I want to do some preparation for my new courses - do you have any resources I can access?

You can now access our Find Your Feet Tasks which are designed to support a smooth transition to college on our website at www.stokesfc.ac.uk/our-courses/. Click here to watch this short step by step guide on how to navigate our Find Your Feet tasks.

How do I find out about financial support?

Information about financial support can be found on our website at https://www.stokesfc.ac.uk/financial-support/
You can also download our Financial Support Booklet for more information about the College bursary and our other forms of financial support here.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE MY TIMETABLE?

Your College timetable will not be available until after you have attended your enrolment appointment.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING ON MY FIRST DAY IN COLLEGE?

You will need to bring your student ID.  We would recommend you bring pens, paper and a folder for taking notes.  Subject teachers will give you more information about any other equipment needed when you attend your first lessons.

HELP!?

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

E: admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk