Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
The College is for 16-18 year olds. Almost all of our students are 16 when they first start, and they come to us straight from Year 11. Our students are all full-time, studying A-level courses. We consider ourselves to be a sixth form college for North London, and we do not prioritise applicants who live in particular boroughs. However, we prefer to offer places to those who live within a reasonable travelling distance.
How many places are available?
We usually take about 700 students from schools across North London. We prioritise from our partner school, Friern Barnet School, but they still have to meet the same entry requirements as anyone else. We know that not all the students who are offered a place will actually come: some fail to get the grades, others choose to stay at their own school sixth form. So we offer more places than we actually have.
What criteria are used when selecting for interview?
The criteria include your academic potential, journey to College, school report, combination of subjects, your contribution to your current school and participation in extra-curricular activity. Please be aware that in most years the College has been severely oversubscribed and we cannot guarantee to interview all students even if they meet our minimum criteria.
Are there any fees?
The College is funded directly by the government and is free to EU citizens. We do ask for a £100 contribution towards books and materials and charge a deposit of £50. The deposit is returnable at the end of the course.
When will I hear whether I have a conditional place or not?
We aim to let everyone know the outcome of their application by the end of April.
Can I change subjects after I have submitted my application?
If you would like to change subjects, please email email@example.com informing us which subjects you wish to change.
Can I change subjects after I have been offered a place?
We will do our best to accommodate you but cannot guarantee this since other subjects may be full. Likewise, if you wish to change courses following the publication of GCSE results we will do what we can to facilitate your request.
What happens if I do not reach the offer conditions?
You may lose your place, but in some cases students who narrowly miss the offer grades are accepted if we can fit them in. Sometimes we have to renegotiate the course. Note that all students are expected to have passed Maths at grade C and English Language at grade B or above.
What happens if I decide not to take up my place?
You would need to let us know if you wish to withdraw, either in writing during the Admissions process or by returning your registration form on GCSE results day, indicating that you do not wish to take up your place. Your financial contribution and deposit will be returned to you.
If I get a waiting list place what are my chances?
This varies from year to year and often depends on which subjects are wanted. It is not possible to put any sort of figure on this. The more flexible you are about your subject choices, the more likely it is that we can fit you in. If you are keen to have a place, let us know after the GCSE results are published.
What sort of offer can I expect?
We usually stipulate A or B grades in particular GCSE subjects, at least a B in English Language and C in Maths, and an average GCSE score across all subjects as follows:
Programme. Average GCSE Score (A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, etc).
5 AS in first year: 7.0
4 AS in first year: 6.5
Note that these are the minimum average GCSE scores required.
Are applications processed in date order?
No. Applications received before the deadline are all treated equally. We cannot process applications until we have received the Report Form from your school.
What does it mean if I am called for interview later than someone else?
We have so many applications that we spread interviews out over a number of days. We do not make large-scale decisions about whom we will offer places to until we have completed the bulk of the interviewing. If, for example, you are interviewed on our second big interview day, you will not be disadvantaged in any way.
Can I reapply if I was not initially selected for interview?
Yes, you can reapply on GCSE results day by coming into Woodhouse with your GCSE results. You must still have met our entry criteria. However we would consider students from our Waiting List before new applications. If we then called you for interview you would have to have a copy of your latest school report or a school reference before we considered offering you a place.
Can I see my school reference?
No, we have asked for a confidential school report so we will not let you see this. Should you have any concerns about your reference you would need to discuss this with your school.
Do we operate any quotas when selecting students?
No. Each applicant is judged on their merits and we operate no quotas of any sort.
If I start with 4 AS can I continue with 4 A2 in the second year?
Yes, some students do this. We would expect high grades in the AS exams at the end of the first year.
If I change my mind about a course once I have started can I change?
This is possible but any changes must be made very quickly. Your tutor and other staff will support you in this.
What happens if a subject is cancelled?
This happens very rarely. If we have to withdraw a subject we would do our utmost to provide you with a suitable alternative.
How many students go on to University?
About 95% of students go to university, either immediately or following a gap year.
How many students get into Russell Group universities?
This varies from year to year but usually around 45%. Of course many go to excellent non-RG universities (like Bath, East Anglia, SOAS and others). Around 12-15 usually go to Oxford or Cambridge. Please note that Russell Group universities tend to prefer two "traditional" A Level subjects - although this does depend on a lot of factors and is not a hard and fast rule. See ‘Informed Choices’ for more detailed advice from the Russell Group.
Support available for students
Looked After Children and Care Leavers
The College will treat Looked After Children and Care Leavers in the same way as we treat Partner School students, i.e. we will guarantee an interview and make a conditional offer to these young people as long as they have met our minimum criteria, have a positive reference and that we believe that an A level programme is the best type of course for them. We will liaise with Carers and Childrens’ Services in order to support these students.