Simple Steps to SUAC

In just a few simple steps you will be well on your way to a better future.

Step 1

Choose Your Learning Style

We believe strongly in helping every student to identify their preferred way of learning. Use the following information to find the type of course that suits you best.


  • I prefer coursework to exams and enjoy working on projects
  • I have a specific career in mind
  • I want the opportunity for work experience

This route will give you the career specific skills and qualifications that enable you to have the choice of university or moving on to your chosen career.


  • I know what career I want and I would like to start working now
  • I want both the student experience and work experience
  • I want to start earning money

An Apprenticeship may be the right choice for you. You will work at a local company for several days a week and also attend college.

Step 2

Choose Your Level

Entry Requirements
What’s Next
Entry Level
  • Foundation Learning
  • Entry BTEC Awards
  • Functional Skills
You don’t need any formal qualifications to enrol on these courses.
  • Vocational qualification
  • We offer a wide range of L1 qualifications at the College.
Level 1 (L1)
  • Vocational Studies Diploma
Entry L3 Literacy and Numeracy. You will have GCSE English & Maths at grade 2/grade E or above.
  • L2 course
  • L2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Level 2 (L2)
  • L2 First Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
  • Gateway to L3
A minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 3/grade D or above or a L1 qualification in a relevant vocational area. You will have GCSE English & Maths at grade 3/grade D or above, or Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English & Maths.
  • A Levels
  • L3 National Extended Diploma
  • L3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Level 3 (L3)
  • National Extended Diplom
  • L3 Subsidiary Diploma
4 GCSEs at grade 4/grade C or above or Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject and GCSE English Language at grade 4/grade C or above.
Level 3 (L3)
  • Access to HE
Maths and English GCSE at grade 4/grade C or above. If you possess a grade 4/grade C or above in only one of these subject, you must complete the other alongside the Access to HE qualification. You will also be required to attend an initial interview and assessment.
  • L4 & L5 Higher Apprenticeship
Level 3 (L3)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
Although you may not need formal qualifications to enrol on some Advanced Apprenticeships due to relevant work experience, there will be an interview and assessment as part of the admissions process.
Level 4/5 (L4/L5)
  • Foundation Degree
Level 3 Diploma in a related subject; or a minimum of 2 A Levels which must be in a related subject and at grade C or above; or Access to HE in a relevant subject; or 200 UCAS points; or extensive relevant work experience.
Level 4/5 (L4/L5)
  • Higher Apprenticeship
A Higher Apprenticeship may require prior qualifications or work experience. There will be an interview and assessment as part of the admissions process.
  • University
  • Employment

Step 3

Choose Your Course & Apply

We offer an excellent range of academic and vocational courses for school leavers.

Choose Your Course

To find a course you’re interested in, check out our courses page.

16-19 Courses

Apply For Your Chosen Course

To apply for a course first register, then add course(s) you’re interested in by visiting their course pages.


Step 4

Attend an Interview

Once we have received your completed application form, we will invite you for an interview so that you can talk to a tutor from the subject area(s) you are interested in.

The Interview

The interview is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the course, the support services and facilities we offer and get a better feel for College life. After that, you may be offered a place on a course or given advice on alternative options.

What if I change my mind?

If during or after the interview you decide that the course you’ve applied for isn’t right for you, don’t worry! You can go back to the admissions team for further discussions and they will arrange another interview for you.

Step 5

Accept Your Place and Enrol

At the end of your interview the course tutor will offer you a place on the course that is right for you. You can then accept your place on the course there and then or take the letter home with you and accept at a later date.

Await Your Exam Results

Once you have accepted your place you will need to wait for your exam results to be released and then providing you have achieved the grades that you need you can then enrol.

Your First Day

On your first day head to reception and remember to bring the following:

  • confirmation (and a photocopy) of your examination results sheet or qualifications;
  • proof of identity (which could be one of the following: Passport, Birth Certificate, Driving Licence, National Insurance Number or Credit/Debit Card);
  • confirmation of your application for the Advanced Learning Loan(if applicable);
  • a completed Student Health Form (found in your joining instructions);
  • any applicable fees (including enrichment fees).