Varndean College, BHASVIC and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College) operate a joint application process. To apply to one of these colleges, you need to fill in an online application form to apply to one, two, or three of the colleges as you wish. You will be asked to put the colleges in order of preference. The forms will be available on all of our websites. The deadline for applications is Friday 1 December. You may apply after this date, but applications received by the deadline are given priority.
All applications are then processed by the Admissions Team in the College Registry Department, who can be contacted on 01273 546607 should you have any queries.
In order to find out more about our courses, we strongly advise you to attend our College Open Events.
These take place on:
Saturday 30 September 11am - 2pm Open Day
Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November 6.30pm - 9pm Open Evenings
These give you the opportunity to meet tutors and current students, obtain detailed information on all courses, look around the campus and watch the college video presentation.
You will be notified by post of a date and time to come to the college for an interview, which is likely to be late January/early February. You will have an interview 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, provding 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 late in the application cycle, this may be a ‘waiting list offer’. You will receive written notification of this offer, normally at your interview, together with a copy of our Admissions Policy.
If you wish to accept the place offered to you, you must return the reply slip sent with the letter within 10 days.
5 Preparation for college
You will receive an invitation to attend our NEW STUDENTS’ DAY in late June. This is when you will meet Subject Tutors and find out more about coming to college in September
6 Final enrolment interviews
You will have a Final Enrolment Interview with a senior member of staff in late August or early September following your GCSE results, where you will have a chance to discuss your course 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.
“I was very impressed by the number and variety of courses available at the College, as well as the facilities and the grounds. The vibe here is very welcoming and inspiring, with both the teachers and the students being friendly and helpful.”
MARTINA TOTH (PREVIOUSLY HOME-EDUCATED)
“Because I felt I could be myself without being pressured to be someone that I am not. I also like how relaxed and comfortable the environment is and it has helped me gain more confidence.”
ANNABELLE MUNTHALI (EX-BACA)
“Varndean is my local college and I’d only heard positive comments about its warm inclusive atmosphere and diverse range of subjects. I have really enjoyed the opportunity for debate, absorption in new academic topics and making new friends here.”
“I loved the campus and the atmosphere, the teachers are all so friendly and the College itself makes you feel at home. I have had a fabulous two years.”
FREDERICKA GRAY (EX-VARNDEAN SCHOOL)