Application Process

Admissions 2022-2023

St Charles College welcomes students of all religious backgrounds who wish to pursue their studies in an explicitly Christian context.

The entry requirements for the different programme levels are made clear in the Courses section on the website.  The entry criteria for each course 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 obtain an offer, provided the College receives a satisfactory reference from their previous school or college. 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.

Students who have an unsatisfactory reference from their school or college will be invited for an interview, either virtual or face to face onsite, after which a decision regarding an offer will be made.

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, (EHCP) 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. On application to the College, the College will ensure the offer of a place to the students 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 at the College and with the submission of a satisfactory reference, will receive a conditional offer related to a 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.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept 'Transfer Students' from another school/college, who have completed their Year 12 elsewhere.


Applications for BTEC/Vocational Programmes

As BTEC/Vocational 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 absolute equal preference for consideration, as long as none of the criteria described below apply.

Unsuccessful Applicants

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

  1. The reference from the student’s current place of study is unsatisfactory.
  2. The student’s course or career preferences cannot be accommodated by the College.
  3. The interview is unsatisfactory.
  4. 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

Applications are made via our website to the online Application Portal

Step 1: To make an application, click the “APPLY NOW” button on the College website homepage.

Step 2: Register your details on the Application Portal by clicking “Start New Application”.

Step 3: Once you register, you will receive a Verification Email.  Please log in to your email and verify your account.

Step 4: Log in to the Application Portal as a “Registered User” using the Username and Password you created, in order to complete and submit your application.

Step 5: Once you submit your application, we will then send a Reference Request to your Head of Year or Form tutor.

Step 6: We will be in touch with an offer or a request for interview, pending the receipt of your reference.

Step 7: If we invite you for an interview, we will inform you of the outcome of the interview by email.  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 accept or decline this via the Application Portal.

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



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