How to apply for courses starting in 2016
This page has all the information you need to help you make an application to the college.
Step one – choose the right course for you
NewVIc is London’s largest sixth form college and as such has one of the widest course offerings around. We want to ensure that you choose the right course for you. Use the course pages as a starting point and come along to an open day for further information and advice from staff and students. You can request a copy of our prospectus if you prefer to read through the courses in your own time.
What you choose to study will depend on your interests, your career plans and your expected grades at GCSE. Find out more about your course options.
NewVIc has a team of very experienced and well-trained advice and guidance experts on hand to support you through the decision-making process. They run advice evenings providing the opportunity for a one-to-one conversation about your options. You can also contact them on 020 7473 4110 and select option 3 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Step two – complete the application form
You can get a paper application form from your school or the college. Or you can download the PDF form below:
Take your time completing the application form to make sure you have provided all the information we require. Your teacher will need to complete the reference section before you hand it in to the college.
If you have any additional learning support needs, such as for dyslexia, please make sure you tell us on your application form. This will help us to make sure the right support is available to you when you start your course.
Our closing date for priority applications is Friday 29 April 2016 but due to the popularity of many courses we recommended applying as early as possible. Paper application forms should be sent to:
Advice and recruitment officer
Prince Regent Lane
London E13 8SG
You will receive an acknowledgement letter from the college within five working days of us receiving your application.
Step three – attend your interview
Once your application has been processed you will be invited to attend an interview with your progress file and samples of work. The interview is an opportunity for you to speak to the teachers about your application so that you are confident that you are making the right choice. It is a chance for us to establish whether you are suited to the college and to the course you have applied for.
The interview is also a chance to make a good impression on the college and your interviewer. You should prepare well for your interview and think about what questions you may be asked by your interviewer and what questions you would like to ask them. You should pick some samples of your work to bring with you and your progress file and be ready to discuss them with your interviewer. Some examples of interview questions you might be asked include:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why have you applied to do the course?
- Which subject is your strongest in school and why?
- Which subject are you least successful in?
- How would your teachers describe you?
- What is your greatest achievement?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- Why do you want to study here?
- Why are you interested in this course?
- Why should I offer you a place?
- Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
- What are your future career aspirations?
- What would you like to study at university?
- Is there anything you would like to ask us?
If your interview takes place at the college there is more to the experience than just your interview. You will have a welcome talk from our Principal or one of our senior managers and a tour of college facilities with a learning mentor and student ambassador as well as an opportunity to speak to staff and students about the subject you’re applying for. Light refreshments will be provided.
Step four – accepting your offer
If you are successful you will receive a letter confirming your conditional offer of a place at NewVIc. The offer will be conditional on you achieving the required grades for your chosen course. You will be asked to accept your offer, pay a £50 deposit (refundable on completion of your course) and attend the summer induction to secure your place.
Step five – attending summer induction
If you have accepted an offer you will be invited to the college for summer induction, which is your chance to get to know the college and your fellow students before you start with us in September. The days take place after your GCSE exams and enable you to experience your first days as a NewVIc student, meet others on your course and take part in some of the clubs and activities on offer.
Step six – enrol at NewVIc
This is where you will formally register for your courses and receive your NewVIc student ID. We will write to you to notify you of which day you need to come in to enrol. You will need to bring all of your GCSE results along.
We hope that you achieve your target grades and can enrol on your first choice of course. However, if you do not achieve the grades stated on your conditional offer you can still attend enrolment and we will advise you on the options open to you.
Step seven - autumn induction
At enrolment you will be given details of your timetable and your induction days. Autumn induction will mark the start of your journey as a NewVIc student. NewVIc has been educating young people from Newham and surrounding boroughs for twenty years, you will be joining thousands of other students who benefited from a NewVIc education.
Note to Teachers
We value your comments and would appreciate it if you could complete the reference section of students’ application forms as fully as possible.
If you have any queries relating to the application process please contact a member of our advice and recruitment team.
Our school and community liaison officer is also available to visit schools to talk through the application process with students and staff.
To arrange a session, email email@example.com or telephone 020 7540 6950.