Frequently Asked Questions

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Who Can Apply?

St Charles caters for 16-19 year old students. Almost all students who join us are 16 when they start their academic journey at the college. The college offers an extensive range of A Levels, Vocational Level 3 and Level 2 courses and Foundation Learning.

What Qualifications are required to apply?

We require particular GCSE grades for specific subjects. These vary from course to course, but typically for A Levels this includes a minimum of 6 GCSE’s at Grade 9-4 (A* - C) and 5 GCSE’s at Grade 9-4 for our Vocational Level 3 courses, including English Language.

Please note: these are minimum average GCSE scores.

How many subjects should I choose?

We suggest 3 or 4 A Levels. Almost all our students are on a 3 A Level programme or Vocational Level 3, which is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. We also offer 6 different Intermediate Level 2 courses that can be taken with supporting GCSE Maths and English courses.

How many places are there available?

We enrol over 650 students from schools in and around London. We prioritise applicants from our feeder schools, All Saints Catholic College and St Thomas More Specialist Language College. However, all applicants must meet the same entry requirements as everyone else. As an inclusive college we also welcome applicants with specific physical or learning needs, including looked after young people.

When will I know if I have received a Conditional offer or not?

We aim to let all applicants know the outcome of their application by February/March.

What do I do if I decide to not take up my place at St Charles?

Please email admissions@stcharles.ac.uk and let us know at your earliest convenience.

Can I apply after receiving my GCSE results?

Yes you can apply following receipt of your GCSE results. Please complete the online application and check you meet the entry requirements for your desired courses of study.

Can I combine Vocational with A Level courses?

Yes. You are able to combine linear A Level and Advanced Vocational (2 A Level equivalent) choices to complete your study programme. For example, A Level History with our OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in Performing Arts.

Can I change courses once I have enrolled if I change my mind?

This is possible, but it does need to be acted on relatively quickly as there needs to be space availability and you would still need to meet entry requirements. 

When do I apply?

In November 2020 applications will open for entry August 2021.

Important Dates

  • Friday 27th August Enrolment Begins
  • Week commencing Monday 6th September Student Induction
  • Monday 13th September Teaching begins