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        This Admissions Policy applies to students seeking admission to the College’s full-
        time courses for 16–19 year old students. All post-16 students are entering non-
        compulsory education. As an independent Corporation, the College sets its own
        Admissions Policy in line with the mission, vision and values of the College. This is
        in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government and the Learning and
        Skills Act.

        The application process is described in the College’s Prospectus and on the
        College Website.


     1. Alton College welcomes prospective students of all abilities and operates an equal
        opportunity policy. The College prides itself on the advice and guidance it gives to
        its prospective students regarding the suitability of courses to meet their need and
        to help ensure success. All courses have their own specific entry criteria, as stated
        in the College prospectus and course information leaflets which are available via
        the College website, at Open Evenings or on request from Student Services. All
        admissions are overseen by the Assistant Principal: Student Services and Adult

     2. All students are expected to live with their parents or guardians for the duration of
        their course unless, in exceptional circumstances, an alternative is agreed as
        acceptable with the College.

     3. Applications from students living overseas are welcome but will only be considered
        if the student is moving into the catchment area of the College with his/her
        parents/guardians for the duration of the course applied for. Students from
        overseas who do not have an EU passport or who have not been living in the EU for
        the past 3 years may have to pay tuition fees and will need to provide us with
        further information about their circumstances. If students apply with non-standard
        qualifications (e.g. applicants with overseas qualifications), the College will consider
        whether these qualifications are equivalent to those recognised by the College.

     4. General criteria for admission

        a) A student must satisfy the entrance criteria for their courses as described in the
           prospectus and course information; and be commencing a course which is
           enabling them to progress. For some courses, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
           checks or a certificate of medical fitness may be required.

        b) Students should have given an earnest indication, in their previous education,
           that they will apply themselves with reasonable diligence to the course they wish
           to follow. A satisfactory reference must normally be received from the student’s
           previous school or college prior to interview.

   c) Students’ aptitude and attainment should be such as to indicate that they have a
      reasonable chance of success in the course they wish to follow.

   d) There must be sufficient number of students wishing to follow a course to justify
      its provision. Please note that late withdrawals by students can affect viability
      right up until the course commences.

5. Additional entry requirements

   Each year the College is allocated a budget by the Learning and Skills Council
   (LSC) which is linked to the predicted number of students to be recruited and their
   courses of study. Significant under or over recruitment against this allocated
   budget can jeopardise the financial health of the College. Over recruitment might
   also put unacceptable pressures on facilities or might lead to deterioration in quality
   of provision. The College receives more applications each year, therefore, all
   applications received after the end of the Spring Term will be considered ‘late
   applicants’ and will be placed on a ‘waiting list’ which will be assessed in date order
   against the following set of criteria, and in addition to those described in 4 above:

   a) Where there is a late move into the College’s typical catchment area and/or
      taking into consideration factors such as transport routes and ease of travel;

   b) Where there is capacity in the subjects or courses agreed as appropriate at

   c) Where the applicant can show other good reasons why they should be
      considered for enrolment;

   The College has a particular commitment to try to help students who meet the
   criteria in 4c above and who have studied at one of our partner schools.

6. The College seeks to assist students with disabilities to access the curriculum and
   benefit fully from learning at the college. To assist the College in making any
   necessary adjustments and putting in place appropriate support, individuals with
   disabilities and learning support needs should inform the College of their disability
   and requirements at the earliest opportunity. The Student Services Manager
   responsible for Learning Support will discuss the needs of those requiring a
   significant level of support and a full assessment of their needs will be made in
   order that the appropriate arrangements support and adjustments can be made.
   Where it is impracticable for the College to accommodate an individual because of
   the specific nature of their needs the College will inform the applicant as soon as
   possible and will advise about possible alternative arrangements elsewhere. All
   assessments will be made with full regard to legal requirements (such as the
   SENDA legislation). For additional information please refer to the college’s Equal
   Opportunities Policy.

     7. A student will not normally be offered a place at the College:

        a) to re-take a course which he or she has previously studied at Alton College

        b) if the tutor, Year Head, Head Teacher or Deputy, with whom we liaise (or
           receive a reference) advises that a place should not be offered or cannot
           recommend the student without reservation (e.g. because they have not applied
           themselves satisfactorily at school or a previous college).

           They may also be refused if there is evidence to suggest that the student will not
           benefit from the proposed course at the College or if there is a significant risk
           that his or her presence may adversely affect students applying to or at the

        c) if a student was expelled from the College in the previous academic year.

     8. The College may, in exceptional cases, decide to admit a student conditionally. In
        these circumstances it will put in writing the conditions which the student has to
        meet if they are to be admitted to the College and/or to be allowed to remain on
        their course.


     1. Where a place is not offered to a student, before a waiting list is introduced, it is
        possible for parents/students to seek a review of the decision by writing to the
        Principal. However, before writing, parents/students are encouraged to discuss
        their application with the Vice Principal, Student Services.

        If still unsatisfied then parents/students should appeal in writing to the Principal
        within 10 working days of the initial decision, requesting a review and stating why
        they believe the College has acted unreasonably.

        The Principal (or a designated senior manager other than Vice Principal, Student
        Services) will:

        a) Review the written request by the parent/student;

        b) Review the evidence upon which the decision was made;

        c) Consider any new factors that are brought to her attention;

        d) Determine whether she considers the correct decision has been made in
           accordance with the College’s admissions policy.

        If the Principal believes that the decision is incorrect she may recommend that the
        student is offered a place at the College. The Principal’s decision will be final and a
        written response informing the parents of the results of the review will be sent within
        10 working days of the receipt of the written appeal.

   2. Where the College has described conditions a student should meet before he/she is
      admitted, and these conditions are not fulfilled, there is a right of appeal as
      described above in paragraph B1. Where the student does not fulfil the conditions
      set after joining the College, the appeal procedure is as described by the College’s
      Disciplinary Policy.

      The College reserves the right to change its admission policy, without consultation,
      in accordance with unforeseen circumstances (e.g. unexpectedly high/low
      applications or other budgetary issues or unforeseen changes to a course/subject
      entry requirements)

Related Policies/Procedures (available on request from Student Services):


Approved by Corporation: 30 November 1999
First Revision:   Revised and Approved by Staff and Student Committee for
                  recommendation to Corporation, December 2000
Second Revision: Approved by Corporation, January 2001
Third Revision:   Academic Board, November 2001
Fourth Revision:  Approved by Staff and Student Committee, November 2002
Fifth Revision:   Revised and Approved by Corporation, July 2003
Sixth Revision:   Revised by PMG, 3 November 2005
                  Discussed by Student Sub-Committee 4 November 2005
Revised and recommended to the Corporation by Curriculum & Quality Committee
29th November 2005

Approved by Corporation: 6 December 2005
Reviewed by CMT          15 December 2005


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