Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit Birchwood College before applying?

The college holds a series of open days each year that include tours, presentations from subject departments and a chance to meet staff on a one-to-one basis to discuss course and qualification options.

How much does it cost to attend Birchwood College?

Full time courses are free of charge for students aged between 16 -19 (there may be exceptions if you are a student applying from overseas). However, you must expect some costs associated with the courses for which you enrol. For example, these can include purchasing textbooks, stationery and/or uniforms. 

What level of course should I do?

Our courses are organised into different levels:

  • Level 3: Advanced (grade 9-4 students)

  • Level 2 Programme – for those students who may to gain further qualifications before starting a Level 3 programme or to enable them to move on to further vocational type training, including apprenticeships.

The course you choose will depend on your exam results. When choosing which course you want to study, look at the course entry requirements along with whether you prefer academic, practical or hands on learning.

Why are my predicted results so important?

These will determine what level of course you should be applying for and will be discussed at your interview prior to being made an offer.

When should I apply?

Many of our courses will fill up quickly so students are advised to apply early in the academic year.

Where do I get an application form from?

Click here or you can collect one from Birchwood College Reception. You can also contact us on 01925 853500 and we will post one to your home.

Why is my school asked to provide a reference about me?

What your school says about you will help us make sure you have applied for the right course.

Will I have an interview?

Yes. All students who apply to Birchwood College must attend an interview. If you cannot attend your interview on the date and time given, you must let us know at College Reception or contact us on 01925 853500 to make a new appointment.

How long will I have to wait for an interview?

Your application will be reviewed as quickly as possible and interviews will be held in the Spring term.

What happens at my interview?
This is a chance to find out more about you and why you have applied for your chosen courses. It is also an opportunity for you to meet us and ask any questions you may have about the college or the courses.
At the end of your interview you will be told whether you are being given an offer of a place, which will be confirmed in writing shortly afterwards. You will need this when you enrol on your course in September.
What 'offer' will be made?

Most of our offers are conditional on exam results. In some cases offers can be made based on good references, evidence of good attendance and that you have made good progress so far in your education.

What do I do when I get my Key Stage 4 Results?
As soon as you get your results you will need to come to the college and attend an interview with a senior member of staff to finalise your courses and to enrol at the college. An appointment for this will be given to you before to results day.
When do I start College?

A letter will be sent to you over summer containing your start date and time. This date will be in September 2022.

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme intended to help the most vulnerable 16-19 year olds in full-time education. The scheme is made up of two parts: a payment of £1,200 to the most vulnerable young people; and a discretionary fund. For more information about this or an application , please contact us at Birchwood College.
What facilities does Birchwood College provide?

Birchwood College is an excellent place to study with new and up to date facilities being added all the time. We have recently opened our new state of the art Science Laboratory and have added a dedicated Media suite to coincide with our fantastic Creative Media and BTEC ICT courses.

We have our own dedicated Sports Laboratory in the College, specifically designed to meet the needs of those studying our very popular BTEC Sport programme.

Every student who attends Birchwood College is issued their own personal laptop to use each day whilst completing their programmes of study. This supports the independent study encouraged within vocational learning.

Our purpose built facility includes the following:

2,000 sq metre building accommodating up to 200 students
4 meeting/seminar/tutorial rooms
12 multi-purpose teaching rooms
4 separate P.E. changing rooms
Student cafe/social/work area
Outdoor patio/eating area
Student workstations with ICT facilities
Personal laptop for every student
Internet/network access for students bringing in their own laptops/tablets
Performing Arts Centre
Full size 3G artificial pitch

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