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Coronavirus – information for our applicants

Updated 06.07.20 @ 09:00 

College Enrolment Plans

This year we’ll be enrolling you at college a little differently. In order to accommodate social distancing guidelines we plan to undertake as much of our enrolment activity as possible on a remote, electronic basis. This means that the majority of applicants will not need to attend college in person to enrol onto their course in August.

Where we feel it will be helpful for you to have a more detailed discussion with a tutor, to inform course choices, you will be invited for an appointment in college between Friday 21 and Friday 28 August 2020.

Got your results already?

If you are not waiting on exam results to inform your application, we will write to you during July with details of your electronic enrolment.

Waiting on GCSE results?

If you are receiving GCSE results on 20 August, you will be contacted by a member of college staff on that day to confirm your results. You will then be advised whether we can process your enrolment electronically (meaning you won’t need to come into college until term starts) or if you, or we, feel you would benefit from a face-to-face enrolment interview. All face-to-face sessions will observe social distancing guidelines and be scheduled on an appointment basis. Enrolment interviews for new students will be conducted between Friday 21 August and Friday 28 August.

Please be reassured that whatever your results we will work with you to find a course that meets your needs.   

We would like to explain how we will be managing offers and interviews for applicants looking to study at college in September following the recent government announcement that all exams – GCSE, A Levels, Technical and Vocational, and International Baccalaureate – have been cancelled for this academic year.

Whilst we understand that this announcement is very unsettling for applicants and you may be concerned about your place at college, ultimately we do not expect this announcement to adversely affect students enrolling to study with us in September 2020.

The Department for Education has stated that: “The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.” and “The grades awarded to students will have equal validity to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities and colleges. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.”

Once we receive the grades you have been awarded we will confirm in the same way we do every year. Please be reassured that any applicant who does not achieve the grades required to meet the conditions of their offer will have their application reviewed, taking into account the grades awarded, prior achievement and references from their teachers, before a final decision is made. Where possible we will try to be flexible and we will ensure that all students are enrolling onto the right programme for them to be successful.

Where applicants have applied but not yet received an offer we will be in touch shortly either with an offer or for an interview – which we will conduct by telephone. We will continue to accept applications from those who have not yet applied to college.

Your school will have information about how grades will be awarded for your GCSEs; if you have specific enquiries about joining college, please feel free to contact our Admissions teams: coursesandover@sparsholt.ac.uk

The Department for Education has published guidance that you may find helpful, view here. 

Applicant Welcome Activities 

Our expert lecturers have been creating a range of applicant welcome activities to help prepare our applicants for joining us in September. Our online Applicant Welcome Activities bring a taste of life at Andover to our applicants’ own homes and we hope these tools will ensure future students feel ready to continue their education with Andover College!

*Please note the pages may display differently on different internet browsers (we recommend Chrome).

View our variety of subjects and their activities here