A Guide to the Application Process

Priority application date extended to Monday 4 January 2021

Varndean College, BHASVIC and Brighton MET together form the Accord Colleges in Brighton and Hove. The three colleges have a coordinated application process for students seeking to study at any of the Accord Colleges.

We understand that making a decision about which college to apply to may feel more difficult this year. In light of the current situation, both BHASVIC and Varndean College are extending their priority application date to Monday 4 January 2021. The requirement to only apply to one college will remain - this is to enable both colleges to plan our curriculum and staffing effectively so that we can offer you the subjects you have chosen in your interview. However, where applicants to BHASVIC or Varndean College wish to request to transfer their college application, we will both consider these if they are before February Half Term. If the request is after February Half Term, please contact your college of choice for their process.

You are welcome to make an application to one of these two Sixth Form Colleges and also to Brighton MET, however. You are also entirely free to apply to any other educational institution – it is only in the case of Varndean College and BHASVIC that you are not able to apply to both colleges. An Accord College is likely to ask you, at interview, about any other applications you have made or offers you hold from other educational institution, employer or training provider.

As part of the application process for either Sixth Form College, you will be asked to confirm that you have not made a separate application to the other Sixth Form College.

Varndean and BHASVIC work very closely together and will share data to check and avoid applicants having applied to both Sixth Form Colleges. If you have made an application to both Sixth Form Colleges, you may no longer be treated as a priority applicant. One of the colleges will contact you to ask which application you wish to withdraw and an interview will not be possible at either college until this has been established.

Application Timetable
Apply using our online application systemFrom late September 2020
Apply by the priority deadlineMonday 4 January 2021
Make sure you have received an email confirmation of your submitted application form.As soon as you send
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the current lockdown, this year your interview will take place either online or by telephone.December - January
Attend Interview (either online or by phone). This will be with a senior member of college staff who will discuss your course choices with you. At your interview, providing we can offer you an appropriate course and that you are supported by your school, you will be offered a place based upon the entry criteria set out in our Admissions Policy. (Please note that if this is late in the application cycle, this may be a "waiting list offer"). You will receive written notification of this offer by email, together with a copy of our Admissions Policy.January - February
If you wish to accept the place offered to you, you must reply to the email offer within 10 days.Within 10 days
You will be invited to attend our New Students' Day. This is when you will meet Subject Tutors and find out more about coming to college in SeptemberJune/early July 2021
Following your GCSE results in August, you will then be invited to attend a Final Enrolment Interview in late August. This is when you will have a chance to discuss your course with a senior member of staff in light of these results. Do not worry if you haven't met the requirements for a specific course, we will discuss this with you further and help you find an alternative course that suits you.Late August 2021