How to apply

If you are interested in joining one of our full-time programmes or apprenticeships, this page will help you understand what you have to do. If you want to apply to a leisure course, you can apply straight away.

Before you apply

  • Read our career pathways and subjects pages to research more about the programmes and potential future careers they could lead to
  • Come and meet us at an Open Event or take part in one of our faculty taster events
  • Talk to our Activate Careers team to get independent advice and guidance about the options available and how they would match your interests and skills
  • Find out about financial support to help you cover the costs associated with studying at college


  • First of all, have you got the right to study in the UK?
  • If you have the right to study in the UK, find your course and make an application either online or by completing a paper copy and sending it into us
  • We will acknowledge your application and get in touch to invite you in for an interview. This is a chance for you to find out more about the pathway you are interested in, and for us to find out more about you
  • Depending on your chosen programme, you may be asked to bring a portfolio of work or school report. You may also be asked to complete and bring along a summer task. We will send you a letter or text message with any information you need for this.
  • The career pathway interview will usually be individual, but can sometimes be a group interview. Parents are welcome to come along. These typically last from 30 minutes to an hour and are the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course and life on campus. It's a good idea to dress smart casual and arrive with plenty of time to report to reception
  • Following your interview, we will come back to you with an appropriate offer. This could be conditional on you achieving certain grades
  • Accept your place. Please tell us in writing that you will be accepting your place on the course, so that we can prepare for your arrival
  • If you want to enrol on a leisure course, you can enrol and pay for your course online, over the telephone or in person at the Advice and Admissions centre of your local Activate Learning college

Keep in touch

  • Follow us on social media using the buttons at the bottom of this page to keep up to date with news and events
  • Take part in activities run by staff at college
  • Complete a summer project (this is a piece of work completed before you join us in September)
  • We will write to you with details about your summer project
  • If your GCSE results are better than or not quite as good as expected, come in and see us to discuss your options. Our teams are on hand on GCSE results day and during the weeks before the start of term to help you firm up your plans

Enrol and start

  • Before the start of term, we will write to invite you to enrol. This is the point at which you become a fully signed-up student, with a student ID and IT account. This is usually done online or in person
  • We will let you know your first day arrangements and welcome you as you start your journey with us