When is the application deadline?
For 2021, the application deadline is Friday 12th February.
Am I allowed to change courses?
If you have already submitted your application but have now decided that you want to change your course choices, you will be able to discuss this during your interview. You can change your course choices up until Enrolment. This is when we ask that you are certain about your choices.
When are the interviews taking place?
Interviews are taking place on Tuesday 16th March and Wednesday 17th March 2021.
When will we find out if we have been made an offer?
We contact students regarding offers in April.
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: wqe.ac.uk/our-courses/enrichment.
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.
What should I expect during the interview?
The interview is simply a conversation with a member of staff to talk through your application with you. They will ask you why you want to study at WQE, why you are interested in your chosen courses and what your future aspirations are. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about your planned programme of study or life as a WQE student.
Will we be able to visit the College for a tour?
We would like to be in a position to offer tours but this will depend on the national lockdown being lifted and will need to take into account any future Tier restrictions. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you check out our virtual tour: wqe.ac.uk/welcome-to-wqe/campus-and-facilities/virtual-tour. If we are able to start tours later in the term, the arrangements for booking will be made available on our website and social media accounts.
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?
It is difficult for us to answer this question at this stage due to the uncertainty regarding the release of GCSE results. As soon as the government confirm the GCSE results date, we will be able to finalise our enrolment plans and advise prospective students accordingly.
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.