Applying for Daytime Courses 2019

A Guide to the Application Process

BHASVIC, Brighton MET and Varndean College 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 BHASVIC and Varndean College. 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 BHASVIC and Varndean College 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.

BHASVIC and Varndean 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.

Data sharing
To proceed with an application to either BHASVIC or Varndean College, you will be required to agree to the two colleges sharing your name, date of birth and contact details. Both colleges will only use this for duplicate application checking in December, after the priority application deadline. Once the checking process has been completed, the college you did not apply to will permanently delete your personal data.

The priority deadline for applications is Friday 7 December. You may apply after this date, but applications received by the deadline are given priority.

Please note, the application form is available online only; there is no paper version. Please continue reading for advice on How to complete the Application Form

The Application Timetable



Apply by the priority deadline

Friday 7 December 2018

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.   


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


At your interview

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 September

June 2019

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 2019

How to Complete the Online Application Form

  • Firstly you will create an account to make an application.
  • You can save your progress at any point and return to complete the form.
  • Once you have completed and submitted your form, you will be able to print and/or download a PDF for your own records. 



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