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How to apply

Applying to study with us

We’re so pleased you have chosen to apply to study with us. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or if at any time you need help with your application, just call our admissions teams on 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) or 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses).

Once you have found the course you want to apply for, simply follow the apply now link. Paper copies are also available.

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Helpful information about our application process

After we confirm that we’ve received your application, you’ll be invited to a guidance interview. This is nothing to worry about. This is a chance for you to meet your lecturers, ask any questions and make sure that the course you have applied for is right for you and helps you work towards any career goals you might have. You may be required to show a portfolio of work prior to your interview. Please click on the links below for more information on your guidance interview.

Offer: Following your interview, you will receive your offer. It will include any agreed conditions of acceptance, such as GCSE grades.

Updates: We will keep in touch with you regarding any events and reminders for when you start College.

You will receive your invitation at the beginning of August to enrol at the end of August, when you will confirm your results and enrol on your chosen course.

Got a question? Talk to our team today:

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Frequently asked questions

Applying for College

You can download one of our course guides on the homepage to explore the diverse range of courses we offer in more detail. 

Or, you can come along to our Open Evenings throughout the year or pop in to get an individual Campus tour!

Once you’ve chosen your course, click the ‘Apply’ button. Depending on the course you’ve selected, you will either be able to enquire or apply online.

It depends on which course you’re interested in. For many part-time or short courses, you can enrol all year around. Enrolment on full-time courses usually begins on GCSE results day. For more detailed information, contact our Admissions Team on 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester) or 01270 654654 (Crewe).

If you’ve applied for a full-time course, you should receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours. You’ll be invited to have a guidance interview. If you have not received an acknowledgement within one week, please contact our Admissions Team on 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester) or 01270 654654 (Crewe).

Guidance evenings are held monthly from October to August, you will be invited to an interview within one month of submitting your application.

Contact the Admissions Team (the contact details will be on your letter) and they will rearrange the interview for you.

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There is FREE transport available for all 16-18 year-old students, please visit our Financial Support & Transport page for more information.

There are a number of funding avenues available. Please visit our Financial Support & Transport  page for more information.

If you are a school leaver you will need to have access to your most recent school report/predicted grades. Some courses may ask for other specific items – these will be mentioned in your ‘invitation to interview’. If you have left school you may be asked to provide copies of your completed qualification certificates. Original certificates will be required at enrolment.

You will receive regular communications over the summer period, which will include information on when to enrol and when your course starts. You can call us at any time if you’re unsure of anything.

This is not a problem. We can help you find an alternative course that’s more suited to what you want to do, just call the Admissions Team on 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester) or 01270 654654 (Crewe).

You will receive further details at enrolment of the information you will need about the first day of your course. If you have any further questions, please call the Admissions Team on 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester) or 01270 654654 (Crewe).

For the latest information, visit our term dates page.


Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for travel, materials and other course-related costs. Find out more about funding on our Financial Support & Transport  page.

You may be eligible for support from the Learner Support Fund, or Care to Learn to help with childcare fees.

Have you had a look at the careers information on the course information pages? These can provide valuable insights into the jobs and careers associated with the courses we offer.  We also have Careers Advisers based on all of our Campuses, please call 01244 656555 (for Chester and Ellesmere Port) or 01270 654654 (for the Crewe Campus) or come to your local Campus where staff can offer advice or book you in for a careers advice session.



If you are aged 19+ we can help you upskill and invest in your future with one of our FREE adult courses.

When exploring the courses we have available, you may see a fee attached but you’re more than likely to be eligible for a fully-funded enrolment!
Take a look and get in touch with if you’d like anymore information.

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