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?
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?
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 2021.