Year 11/New Students Information

Admissions Interviews

These will take place during the week commencing 5 February 2024. You will soon receive an email advising you of the date and time at which to attend your interview. If we have been advised by your school about any mock exams, the dates of these will be taken into consideration when working out the weekly interview schedule.

New Students’ Day

This will take place on Wednesday 3 July 2024 and is when you will have the opportunity to meet subject tutors, take part in lessons and workshops to prepare you for starting at Varndean College in September. This day is also a chance for us to provide key information and an opportunity for you to ask any questions.


In late August, you will be invited into Varndean College for a second enrolment interview. This is an opportunity to discuss your application with a senior member of staff in light of your GCSE results. We will email you over the summer break with details of the day and time you will need to come in, as well as what you need to bring with you.

GCSE Results

Once you have received your GCSE results in August, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to upload your results to your application record. Having this information in advance is key to enabling us to allocate the right member of staff at our enrolment interviews to discuss your final programme of study.

College ID card

We will also write to you with instructions on how to upload your photograph for your College ID card. You will need this to access the buildings, use the library, for printing and for registers. As a student at Varndean College, you must carry your College ID with you at all times in order to keep our community safe.

Course Start Work

This is a compulsory subject specific piece of work in preparation for you starting your academic journey with us and should be completed in time for your first lesson. You will be sent details of this work at the appropriate time.

Induction Day

The provisional date for Induction Day for entry in 2024 is Friday 6th September. Emails will be sent out nearer the time regarding which time slot you should attend

Financial Support

You will be able to apply for assistance with College costs from the Discretionary Learning Grant (DLG). Eligibility is dependent on family income. You can apply at any time during the year but we recommend that you apply by the end of September or as soon as possible because funds are limited. Some students can also apply for Free College Meals.

Summary of Key Dates:

  • Thursday 22 August 2024 - GCSE Results Day.
  • Wednesday 28 August to Monday 2nd September 2024- Enrolment
  • Friday 6 September 2024 - Induction Day
  • Monday 9 September 2024 - Teaching starts

Should you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 508011 or email