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A Guide to the Application Process

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.

Application Timetable
ProcessTimeframe
Apply by the priority deadlineFriday 6 December 2019
Make sure you have received an email confirmation of your submitted application form.As soon as you send
You will be notified by post of a date and time to come to an interview.January
Attend Interview. This will be with a senior member of college staff who will discuss your course choices with you. Please bring along your most recent school report with predicted grades and details of your attendance.
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, together with a copy of our Admissions Policy.
January - February
If you wish to accept the place offered to you, you must return the reply slip sent with the letter 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 2020
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 2020

How to Apply

BOOK EARLY! don't wait until the last minute to enrol as you may find the course is full or that we have cancelled due to low applications!

For Qualification Courses

Please contact us either by email at commed@varndean.ac.uk, in person or on 01273 546602.

For Leisure Courses

Browse our list of courses and click the "Apply by Form" button on the course you are interested in to download an application form, or if available click the shopping cart icon to apply for that course using our online application form.

By Post
Post an application form with full payment, either by cheque made payable to 'Varndean College' or debit/credit card details to Admissions, Varndean College, Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ.

By Telephone (using a credit/debit card)
Call 01273 546604 Monday – Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm or Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. Please have your card and course details ready

In Person
You can enrol in person at Varndean College on Monday to Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm or on Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. You can pay by cash, cheque or with a card.

Via E-Mail
Send your completed application form to study@varndean.ac.uk. Emailed applications will receive an acknowledgement. If you do not hear from us within 7 days, please contact the college.

Please Note:
  • We do not send out acknowledgements of bookings. You should assume your application has been accepted unless you are contacted by us.
  • Tuition and examination fees are due on application.
  • No refunds are given once a course has started.
  • Please note that all fees and concessionary prices on the Varndean Adult Education website may be subject to change.
Conditions of Enrolment

Varndean College reserves the right to amend the provision of courses or their content in light of changing circumstances. Courses may be cancelled if enrolments do not meet minimum number requirements. Fee payments are processed on receipt of enrolment but will only be refunded if a course is cancelled. All courses are attended at your own risk. You should speak to your GP if you are unsure about your health for a particular course. You must notify your course tutor of any health conditions you may have prior to embarking on an exercise class.

The Adult Education department must be notified in advance of any special requirements for exam based courses.

How to Apply

Complete and scan back to us the downloadable application form, with the following documents.

  • A scan of your passport
  • A scan of your latest school report with subjects and grades
  • A scan of two school recommendations
  • A scan of any IELTs or English Language certificate you may have

When we have received your application and supporting documents, we will email you to advise you of the next steps.

Email: international@varndean.ac.uk
Tel: +44 01273 508011