Making a late application
We are still accepting late applications for September. We currently only have spaces available on A Level & Level 3 courses. We advise you to apply as soon as possible online at https://apply.sfx.ac.uk. Once you submit your application please check your email for details on when to come in for an interview and what to bring along with you.
Attending an interview
If you applied earlier in the year, but did not attend your interview you will need to be interviewed before we can consider offering you a place with us. Please come in to the college as soon as you can during the following enrolment hours:
- Monday 23rd September 9am- 11am
Please sign in at reception on arrival and let them know you are there for an interview. We will see applicants on a first come, first served basis, so please be aware that you may have to wait to be seen.
If we have not yet received a reference for you from your most recent school or college we may be able to accept a recent school report, so it is worth bringing one with you on the day, along with any other documents that you think might be relevant. If you can obtain a reference from your school please do, although be aware it will need to be stamped by the school stamp if being handed in to us by you so that we can verify it. Please attend your interview even without a reference as we should be able to contact your school directly.
If we decide to offer you a place with us, we may be able to send you through to enrolment on the same day. We therefore recommend you also bring the following with you:
Your official GCSE (or equivalent) results (original copy)
your passport, UK birth certificate or nationality/ residency documents (see page overleaf)
a £50 ICT fee
Applicants holding a conditional offer
If you have completed an application, attended an admission interview and we have received a satisfactory school or college reference you will have received a conditional offer and an enrolment appointment. If you missed your enrolment appointment in the last week of August please come in to the college to enrol as soon as possible during our enrolment opening hours (weekdays 9.30am-2pm).
During the enrolment process you will meet with one of our course counsellors who will have a brief discussion with you about what courses and subjects you are interested in studying. They will then check your GCSE results meet the entry requirements
for your chosen subjects. If your GCSE results do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course we will do our best to find an alternate, suitable course for you.
What to bring with you to enrolment
Please bring the following with you to enrolment:
your enrolment appointment letter confirming your offer
the original copy of your GCSE results (or NARIC Certificate of Comparability if qualifications were taken abroad - see international students
passport or UK birth certificate, or alternative identification/ residency documents (you can find accepted documents on the enrolment letter)
£50 ICT package fee
If you are away for your enrolment appointment
If you are away at the time of your enrolment appointment, but available on a different day during the enrolment week (Friday 23rd
August – Friday 30th
August excluding the Bank Holiday Weekend), please email email@example.com
with your availability to transfer your appointment.
If you are away for the entire enrolment week we advise you to ask a trusted family member or friend to attend your enrolment appointment in your place. They will need the official copy of your GCSE results, a clear idea of the courses you are hoping to study and, if possible, as much of the other items mentioned in the list above.
If you are away for the entire enrolment week and it is not possible for someone to attend in your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will try to book in an appointment for you at your first availability following enrolment week, however we cannot guarantee all courses will be available at this stage.
Enrolment Frequently Asked Questions
Can I change my mind about the course(s) I’ve applied for?
You finalise your decision on which courses you would like to study at enrolment. This can be completely different to what you put down on your application form if you have since changed your mind. During the enrolment process you will meet with a course counsellor who will talk with you about which courses would be best for you based on your GCSE results, interests and your future career plans.
Do I need to attend enrolment with my parent/guardian?
Your parent/guardian is very welcome to attend, but it will not be a problem if they cannot attend.
I can’t make my enrolment appointment. What should I do?
Enrolment should be your priority over other arrangements. If you can make an alternate day between Friday 23rd August and Friday 30th August
(excluding Bank Holiday weekend), please email email@example.com
with your preferred day to move your appointment.
If you are away for the whole of the enrolment week
we suggest you ask a trusted family member or friend to attend in your place. They will need to bring your GCSE results and as many of the other items stated on your enrolment letter as they can. They also need to have a clear idea of what courses you are hoping to enrol onto.
If you do not have someone that can attend in your place
, please contact us to confirm your first available date after enrolment. We should still be able to enrol you, but courses fill up during enrolment week, so not all courses will be available. We are not able to reserve spaces.
What happens if my GCSE results don’t meet the entry requirements for my chosen course(s)?
Students with results close to the entry requirements will still be considered for the course. We will look at your overall results to make our final decision. It is important to still attend your enrolment appointment to see what we can offer you. We will do our best to accommodate everyone who has received a conditional offer, even if they have not met the entry requirements for their chosen course.
Can I take four A levels?
Students will usually study three A levels or one Extended Diploma, as these courses give the number of UCAS point typically required by universities. Students with exceptional GCSE results will be offered the opportunity to take four A levels, or an Extended Diploma with an additional A level. In this situation we often recommend taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
, which is equal to half an A level. It is a course-work based project on a topic of your choice that you complete during the first year and is highly valued by universities. Students qualifying for four A levels may also be considering applying to Oxbridge or Russell Group universities and will be supported in this through our REAch Pathway
I am fluent in a different language. Can I take this as a fourth A level?
Students fluent in French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese can take the subject as a fourth A level or in addition to their BTEC/UAL course. You will need to attend timetabled lessons for the language. Students who do not have a GCSE qualification in the language will need to first be assessed by the subject teacher. Students who are fluent in a language not offered among our A level subjects are welcome to apply to be entered for the A level exam.
What do I need to bring with me to enrolment?
You will need to bring along your GCSE results, proof of identification, the £50 ICT fee and your enrolment appointment letter which confirms your conditional offer.
What is the £50 ICT package fee?
This is a one-off fee for your entire time at SFX. It goes towards WiFi access, the use of the Library/Media resources, access to IT support for all technology related issues, maintenance and updates to IT/ technology systems & is a contribution towards student printing credits. We do not charge any other enrolment or annual fee.
Can I apply to receive a bursary?
16-19 bursary application forms will be available at the induction day after enrolment. Those who qualify will need to have a personal bank account for the bursary to be paid into. The bursary will be dependant on attendance.
to see If you are eligible to receive a bursary.
Is there a dress code at SFX?
Although we do not have a specific dress code, we expect students to dress appropriately for the learning environment. Anyone deemed inappropriately dressed will be asked to go home and change. Students must wear their student ID card on full display around their neck whenever they are on site.
When will I have my timetable?
You will receive a provisional timetable at induction on Thursday 5th September, but there is a chance it will be updated over the first couple of weeks of term. We therefore suggest anyone considering taking on a part-time job wait until they have been given their finalised timetable before confirming their availability—your studies should take priority over work.