A Guide to the Application Process
For 16-19 year old students

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.

Under the Accord, you will not be able to make an application to both Varndean College and BHASVIC. This is so that these two sixth form colleges can effectively plan curriculum provision to cater for as many students wishing to study in one of these colleges as possible.

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.

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Application Timeline

  • Late September 2023

    Apply using our online application system.

  • Friday 1 December 2023

    Apply by the priority deadline.

  • As soon as you send

    Make sure you have received an email confirmation at the time you submitted your application form.

  • Early January

    You will be sent an email inviting you in for an admissions interview.

  • February

    Attend your Interview. If you have submitted an application to attend Varndean College, you will be invited to attend an interview in February.

  • Within 10 days

    If you wish to accept the place offered to you, you must reply to the email offer within 10 days.

  • July

    You will be invited to attend our New Students' Day on Wednesday 3 July. This is when you will come into College, spend some time meeting Subject Tutors, and find out more about becoming a student at Varndean in September.

  • Late August

    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.

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