St Charles College welcomes students of all religious backgrounds who wish to pursue their studies in an explicitly Christian context. All students are invited to make a statement about why they might wish to study at a Catholic college. We do not use this statement to determine the offer of a place, but it allows students to reflect upon and engage with the religious identity of the College.

All applicants who submit their application to the College will receive an invitation to interview.

The entry requirements for the different programme levels are made clear in the Courses section on the website. The entry criteria for individual courses can be viewed on the individual course pages in that section. These entry requirements are the same for all applicants.

The College has an inclusive admissions policy and all applicants who successfully complete the application process, irrespective of academic ability or prior achievement, can expect to receive an offer. The College, similarly, has an inclusive curriculum offer which is designed to cater for the needs of all students at its partner schools and beyond.

Order of Priority for Admissions:

1. Applicants with Specific Needs

The governors will give priority of consideration to applications from students with specific physical or learning needs, or looked after young people. An open choice of course will be made at enrolment provided the required entry qualifications for specific courses have been met.

2. Applicants from Catholic Partner Schools

The College has a partnership with two secondary Catholic schools: St Thomas More Specialist Language College in Kensington and All Saints Catholic College in Kensington. Year 11 applicants will receive application forms in their schools in September. On application to the College, the College will ensure the offer of a place to the pupils of these schools provided satisfactory references are met. The required entry criteria for courses will still operate in all cases.

3. Applicants from outside the Partner School group

Such applicants, if made an offer following an interview at the College and the submission of a satisfactory reference, will receive a conditional offer related to an agreed course programme. This programme will be guaranteed to the applicant provided the published entry criteria are met. Should the required entry qualifications not be met by the applicant, the College will endeavour to make an alternative course offer at the point of enrolment. In the event of all appropriate courses being full, the College reserves the right to withdraw the right of admission. 

Applications for BTEC programmes

Because BTEC courses can be categorised as vocational training, according to European equality directives, we are obliged to slightly vary our admissions policies for these options. Students applying for these programmes from any school are given absolutely equal preference for consideration as long as none of the criteria described below apply.

Unsuccessful Applicants

The College reserves the right to refuse the offer of a place at the College if:

a) the reference from the student’s current place of study is unsatisfactory
b) the student’s course or career preferences( as discussed at interview) cannot be accommodated by the College
c) the interview is unsatisfactory
d) the application is not received in suitable time and/or the College has no availability (such applications may be placed on the waiting list)

Admissions Procedure

Online Applications

You can apply online via the College website. Your application will be acknowledged by email. You will then be required to submit a reference to your Head of Year/Tutor which you can download from the website. Once we have received the reference we will contact you, by post, with the date and time of the interview.

Paper Applications

You can make a paper application which are available from the College and can be submitted by hand or by post. Once you have completed the application you should give the form, which includes the reference, to your Head of Year/Tutor, together with the pre-paid envelope. Once we have received your application form with the completed reference we will contact you, by post, with the date and time of the interview.

We inform you of the outcome of the interview by post. If you have received an offer of a place we expect you to decide whether or not you wish to take up that offer, and inform us accordingly.

Those students who have accepted offers are then given further information about enrolment times and procedures in the summer.


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