How to Apply

You can apply online for all courses, simply click on the ‘Apply now’ button and fill in your details. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email from us acknowledging receipt.

If you have a question that is not included below, please contact us.

Progression for current students

If you are a current student at Capel Manor College and plan to progress with us to a new course, you do not need to apply. Please liaise with your course tutor as they will complete your progression forms.

Full-time courses take place over a minimum 16 hours per week and will normally be spread over a few days.  

Students required to re-sit or take English and maths as part of their study programme may attend Capel Manor College for more hours each week. Study programmes are designed to meet your individual learning needs and prepare you for higher learning, training, or employment. Your timetable at the College will be made up of several different elements that have been designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you will need in the future. 

Part-time courses Capel Manor College’s part-time courses take place one day per week.

workshop is a short course not covered by government funding and as such the full cost is covered by the learner.

You can visit us to find out more by attending one of our upcoming events.

These are a great way to meet our expert course tutors and ask any questions you might have about your chosen course. 

Our College Open Days also give you the opportunity to visit our campuses and tour our facilities.

Since 2014, by law, all students aged 16 to 18 without at least a Grade 4, or a Grade C, in both English and maths at GCSE must keep studying these subjects as part of their study programme. 

Capel Manor College supports all 16 – 18-year-old students in achieving GCSEs in English and maths. If you do not have a Grade 4 or Grade C in these subjects already, you will be enrolled onto our GCSE courses. Classes are planned to align with your main course and are taught by specialist subject teachers.

When you apply with us, we ask for more information regarding your most recent educational attainment. If you have been out of education for a while, you will be given an opportunity in the application to detail any past ad relevant experience to help strengthen your application.  

If you will be sitting exams in the summer, then we will ask for your results once you receive them in August. You do not need to wait for your results to apply for a course with us. 

Visit us at our next Open Day

Online applications

We have a wide variety of courses for school leavers (16–18 year-olds) and adults. We do not prioritise applicants who live closer to our campuses, but you should consider the journey to and from the College.

You can apply online for all courses. All you need to do is find the course you are looking to study and click 'Apply'. Follow the steps on screen to complete the online application form.

Yes. All you need to do is find the course you are looking to study and click 'Apply'. You will then be transferred to the UCAS webpage. Follow the steps on screen to complete the online application form.

Your application will be subject to eligibility checks and we will need to see proof of VISAs or Settled Status. For Settled Status, you will need to click here to generate a share code so that our team can assess your settled or pre-settled status.

Capel Manor College is currently unable to sponsor international students for Student Route Visas (previously known as Tier 4 General Student Visas).

If you are having trouble completing the online application form, please contact us and we can arrange a timeslot for you to complete the form with us over the phone or in person.

No. We accept applications throughout the year but recommend that you submit your application early to secure your place, as we receive large numbers of applications for our courses. If you are currently undertaking any exams you do not need to wait for your results to apply.

We will be in contact with you via email with next steps so please keep an eye on your email inbox, as well as your spam and junk folders.

Yes. If you would like to change the course you have applied for, please do not reapply but contact ustelling us which course you would like to change to, and we will update your application.

Course fees

If you are aged 16-18 years old at the time your course starts, and studying one of our Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 study programmes, your course will be funded by the government. If you are 18 and looking to study a higher education course, such as a BSc, you will need to apply for Student Finance. You can find full details about course fees here.

If you are aged 19 or older, you may need to pay for your course. The fee will depend on the Level and type of qualification.

We do offer fee waivers on our Level 1 and Level 2 courses, although this would be subject to meeting our funding criteria. In order to assess you for a fee waiver we would need to see proof of an income-based benefit (i.e. UC, JSA or ESA) or, if you are not in receipt of an income-based benefit but are employed or self-employed and are on low-income, we would need to see evidence of this. Please be aware that the material and examination fees for your chosen course may still be payable.

Courses at Level 3 or higher are usually not free; however, you may be eligible to apply for a government Advanced Learner Loan. You can find full details about course fees here. 

A 'home' student is someone who has been legally resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland for the last three years, without any restrictions on their stay. The evidence for this can be a passport or ID card, Birth Certificate (UK-born citizens only), EU Settlement Scheme, Home Office documents or any other documents you hold that would establish your residency status.


If you have applied for a full-time course or apprenticeship, you will be invited to an interview to make sure the course is right for you. Interviews can be online or face-to-face, an invitation will be sent to you by email.

You can find out how to get to each of our campuses here.

If you have a reference from your school or employer, predicted or actual grades, please bring this with you. For some courses you may be required to demonstrate your ability in the course area you have applied for. We will notify you in advance if there are any requirements.

Yes - please contact usand we will rearrange your interview. Please do this at least 24 hours before so that your slot can be offered to another applicant.

Any visitors including parents or guardians will be asked to wait at our Reception area during your interview, unless a special provision has been made for them.

If your parent/guardian would like to see the facilities, and meet our teachers, they are more than welcome to attend one of our Open Days.

This is an informal interview for you to meet the tutor, they will ask you questions about yourself, about what you are studying or have studied in the past, any work experience (if applicable) and any career plans for the future. Interviews help us ensure that you are on the best course for you and your future. In some cases, tutors may recommend an alternate course during your interview if they think you may be better suited.

Different subject areas hold interviews at different campuses, and at different dates and times. We receive a large volume of applications and spread interviews throughout the year. 


We aim to let everyone know the outcome of their application as soon as possible. This will depend on the course but should take no longer than six weeks. We will usually let you know at your interview but the email confirming this can take a little longer.

For our full-time courses, our offers are usually 'conditional' or 'unconditional'. Most of our offers are conditional for 16-18-year-olds as they are waiting for results. If your qualifications are from overseas, we can check the comparability and advise which course level is most suitable for you. Our offers are based on the entry requirements of each individual course - you can find these on our course pages. We may also offer some 16-18-year-olds unconditional places if they have prior qualifications or have met or exceeded our entry requirements. 


If you are aged 16-18 or aged 19+ applying for a full-time course, you will be required to attend an interview. Applicants will not be given an offer without having attended an interview first.

We will try our best to accommodate you, but this will depend on the availability of places. If you wish to transfer to a course within the same Department, for example from Animal Management to Dog Grooming, please contact us directly and we will be able to amend your record accordingly. Alternatively, you will be able to discuss this in your interview if you are applying for a full-time course. 

If you wish to transfer to a course in a different Department, for example from Animal Management to Agriculture, you will be required to attend another interview and the tutors will need to approve the transfer.

If you have been offered a place on a different course, this would have been discussed with the tutor beforehand at your interview. If you are on a part-time course and have been offered a place on a different course, a tutor would have contacted you beforehand via email or telephone to discuss this with you. 

If you do not achieve your predicted grades, we will offer you a place on an alternative course or level that is more suitable for you.

If you wish to withdraw, please contact us as soon as possible. We are then able to offer your place to another applicant.


You can enrol online through the Online Application and Enrolment Portal on our website. This is the same Portal you used to submit your application. You will receive an invitation to enrol via email so please keep an eye on your email inbox and spam or junk folder. Please be aware that you must be fully enrolled before attending your course at the College.

Part-time course enrolments run throughout the year. Since we have a number of courses starting at different points in the year, enrolment takes place once numbers have been confirmed and place allocation has been completed. 

Full-time course enrolments take place in July and August. If you have received an unconditional offer, then you will be invited to enrol via email in July. If you have received a conditional offer that is dependent on GCSE examination results, you will be invited to attend our Enrolment Week in August. 

We will try our best to accommodate your choice of course, however, if the course is oversubscribed, you may be placed on a waiting list. If this is the case, our Admissions team can suggest an alternative course that reflects your interests and future aspirations.  

Course changes are time sensitive and are only possible within a short timeframe of the course start date. It will also depend on the type of course, space availability and your previous educational attainment or relevant experience. 

If you wish to transfer to an alternate course within the College once you have started, you will need to discuss your options with your course tutor. 

If a course is under-subscribed, or there is a significant change to how a course is funded, we may have to cancel the course. This happens rarely but, in such cases, you will be offered advice on the availability of alternative courses.