Step 1: Look at our courses
There are various ways of finding the right course for you; browsing the Bath College Full-Time Course Guide, visiting this website and searching our vast course database or going through your Careers Advisor or Connexions Worker.
Both the Full-Time and Part-Time Course Guides are available for download on this website or can be picked up in person from the Bath College Student Advice Centre or the Main Reception – both in the Roper Building, James Street West, Bath. They are also available to be picked up from BANES Libraries and Connexions Centres.
Step 2: Attend an Open Day
Three times a year Bath College holds an Open Day. At these events, prospective students, friends and family are welcome to come into the College to try activities in subjects you may wish to study, meet staff members and current students, and discuss options available to you at the College.
Step 3: Choose your course
Once you have looked through the courses available and taken advice from tutors and careers advisors it is time to make your choice. Most of our courses have minimum entry criteria which you will need to have in order to be offered a place, so you should apply for the level of course for which you already have the grades or are likely to get the grades.
New GCSE Grading Structure
New GCSEs in English and Maths started be taught from September 2015, with students getting their results in August 2017. These new GCSEs will be graded 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade, rather than G to A*. All subjects will be upgraded to the new structure by August 2019. There are ‘anchor points’ from the old system to the new, but the grade boundaries are not directly comparable. For example, it is not right to say simply that a new grade 4 will equal a current grade C. The read-across is at the of each grade, so that broadly the same proportion of students will get 4 and above as currently get C and above.
Step 4: Apply for your course
Search for the course you wish to apply for using our course finder and click the ‘apply’ button.
Alternatively download and complete a Full-Time Application Form and send it back to Full-Time Admissions, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath, BA1 1UP.
Step 5: Attend an interview
Once your application form has been received and accepted you will be invited to attend an interview with a course tutor related to your subject of choice. Attending your interview provides you with a good opportunity to look at the College’s sites and facilities, meet other students and tutors, and discuss your courses with your future lecturers.
Step 6: Accept your offer
After you have attended the interview you should receive a letter confirming that you have been offered a place on your chosen course (subject to you meeting any entry requirements). If you wish to accept this offer you must complete and return the attached form to confirm that you would like to take up the place. If you are not offered a place, the Bath College guarantees to find you a place on a suitable course and will invite you for a second interview to discuss options available and courses which will meet with your individual needs.
Step 7: Concentrate on your GCSE grades
If you are studying for your GCSEs, now is the time to concentrate on getting the best grades you can achieve. The better you do at your GCSEs, the better you will do at College. You need to work hard on the subjects required for your entry on to your chosen course as well as your English and Maths. You can relax with the knowledge you have a place at College, but if you relax too much you may find yourself doing a year longer and more English and Maths than you had planned.
Step 8: Enrol on your course
For full-time courses, the College will send students a letter during the summer detailing the time, date and location of their enrolment. This normally takes place at the end of August, the week before the term starts. Please ensure you bring full payment with you to your enrolment day. If an employer is sponsoring you please ensure you bring in an Authority to Invoice form completed by your employer/sponsor so that we can invoice them directly. This form is available to download below.
Once enrolled you can then start on your course on the first day of term! Good luck!