Admissions FAQs

When is the application deadline?

Priority will be given to applications received by the deadline of 31 January 2024.

Will I have an interview?

The offer of a guidance meeting will normally be reserved for those applicants whose application requires further exploration and provides an opportunity for further clarification. Applicants who have clearly met the entry criteria in terms of their GCSE profile and positive reference will be automatically offered a place, usually without a guidance meeting

When will we find out if we have been made an offer?

Successful applicants who have applied by the deadline will normally receive the offer of a place by the end of April. You will need to confirm acceptance of your offer as directed.

How will you contact us regarding our offers?

We will send you a letter in the post and a message on PS16. You will need to either accept or decline the offer using the options on PS16.

When do we pick our Enrichment course?

You choose your Enrichment course during Enrolment. Take a look at our Enrichment options here:

Can I study four A Levels?

Some of our students do study four A Levels but we do not generally recommend this. Universities normally only require you to have studied three A Levels (or equivalent). Studying four (or equivalent) subjects provides a wider breadth of study for highly qualified students (including those enrolling for Further Mathematics) who may require this for very competitive courses at selective universities. However, by studying four subjects there is a risk of spreading yourself too thinly i.e. achieving four B grades instead of three A or A* grades. It would also remove the option of studying any additional subjects in Year 2, such as EPQ. A final decision about the size of your programme can be made with the support of your Enrolment Advisor in August.

What happens if I do not meet the entry requirements for my chosen course(s)?

If you do not meet the entry requirements for your course, you will be able to discuss your options with an Enrolment Advisor. It may be that you change your course choices slightly or take a lower level of study.

Will we be able to visit the College for a tour?

Offer Holders for 2024 entry will have the opportunity to visit the College again at our Welcome to WQE Event in June.

Tours will be arranged towards the end of Autumn Term for prospective students for 2025 entry who are unable to attend our Open Day. Details of these will be advertised on our website when available.

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you check out our virtual tour in the meantime:

How long is the College day?

The College day starts at 9am and ends at 4:10pm. Students are not required to come into College if they do not have a lesson, therefore the times that you come into College will depend on your timetable. For example, if your first lesson of the day starts at 11:30am, you do not have to come into College until this lesson begins. You are able to leave College as soon as your last lesson of the day is finished.

Does my personal statement actually matter?

Yes! Your personal statement gives you the opportunity to tell us a bit more about yourself and allows you explain why you want to come to WQE.

When is Enrolment?

Enrolment starts on Thursday 22 August 2024 and usually lasts around one week. Students are required to attend enrolment in person to have their place confirmed. Failure to do so will result in the offer of a place being removed and allocated to another student.

In the event of significant and extenuating circumstances students may be able to enrol remotely. Students must apply for remote enrolment to the Admissions team in writing at least two weeks prior to enrolment. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have an agreement in writing from the Admissions team stating they are enrolling remotely.

If extenuating circumstances occur within the two weeks prior to enrolment (preventing a student from attending), documentary evidence will be required and sent directly to Associate Principal (Students and Welfare), the student may be able to enrol remotely.

All students must be able to attend lessons in the first week of teaching otherwise they cannot be enrolled. 

What do you think sets WQE apart from other colleges?

Our curriculum offer is the main strength that we believe differentiates WQE from other colleges. We offer the widest range of Level 3 courses locally and are proud of the flexibility we can offer – within a level of study, students can choose any combination of courses. This means that you can create an individual unrestricted programme which takes into account your past achievements, aptitudes, interests and ambitions for the future. In addition, students benefit from an inspiring learning environment with outstanding facilities, a comprehensive range of support and an excellent enrichment programme providing further opportunities outside of your academic programme.