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Joining us in September?

We look forward to welcoming you to the Warrington & Vale Royal College community in September and hope you are excited about starting your career journey with us.

We know that you probably have lots of questions about what happens when you start college and how to enrol, so you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions here. If you have any specific questions that we haven't covered below, please get in touch!

Our Admissions Team can be contacted by emailing or calling 01925 494 393.

When do I enrol on my course?

If you have applied, at the beginning of August, our Admissions Team will contact you with details of how and when you enrol. You will be given a specific appointment time on either Thursday 24th August or Friday 25th August to visit our Warrington campus and complete your enrolment. If you need to re-arrange, please contact our Admissions Team as soon as possible.

If you have not applied, we do accept walk-ins from GCSE Results Day onwards, however we cannot guarantee that you will be able to enrol on your course of choice as those who have applied and been offered a place take priority. Due to this, we would encourage you to apply before GCSE Results Day to secure a place. To explore our course and apply today, simply click here.

What do I need to bring with me when I enrol?

Please bring your GCSE results and a form of photographic ID, such as a driving licence (provisional or full) or passport, to your enrolment appointment.

Can I still apply to Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Yes you can - it's not too late. However, many of our courses are very popular so we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible to secure a place to study your chosen subject.

Click here to browse our courses and apply online.

Is there still time for me to visit Warrington & Vale Royal College before making a decision?

Absolutely. Our friendly School Engagement Team are available over the summer holidays to give you a guided tour of our state-of-the-art campus and answer any of your questions.

To book a campus tour, click here.

When will I get my timetable?

At enrolment, you will be notified of your college induction day, which takes place during the week commencing Monday 4th September. You will then receive your official college timetable at your induction day.

What is it like to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College? Will I settle in?

It is completely normal to feel nervous when starting somewhere new, but just remember that it is new for everyone. Through class time, tutorials and extra-curricular activities, you'll make new friends with similar interests to you and soon settle in.

All new students also take part in a college induction day when they start. This is designed to welcome you, give you the opportunity to meet your new classmates and provide information to help make the most out of your college experience.

How do I find out if I have a place at college?

Once you have applied, we arrange for you to attend a course discussion. This is a 15 minute appointment with one of our tutors to discuss the course, your career ambitions and make sure you have all the information you need about starting college. It's a great opportunity for you to ask questions too. If you are offered a place, we will email you an offer confirmation within a few days of your appointment.

What if I don't get the GCSE grades I need or I've changed my mind about my course?

Don't worry if you have changed your mind or didn't get the grades you hoped for, there are plenty of other options available. At enrolment, you will be able to speak to someone regarding your course and grades to help you decide on the best route for you.

If you do not achieve a grade 4 or above in your GCSE maths and/or English, it is a government requirement that you work towards achieving these at college. You will be fully supported by our specialist team of tutors who are experienced in delivering engaging classes to help you enjoy gaining these important qualifications.

How do I register for a FREE* college bus or bus pass?

We offer six free dedicated bus services to our Warrington campus and a free D&G bus pass for students studying at our Winsford campus who live more than one mile away.

Simply click here to find out more and complete the registration form. A member of our Transport & Welfare Team will then contact you to confirm your place.

*Subject to demand. Terms & conditions apply.

How do I purchase kit and uniform?

For a number of courses, in order to have all of the essential materials required to complete your course in the 2023/24 academic year, you are required to purchase a kit. Please click here for more details.

How do I apply for financial support?

Once you have enrolled on your course, you will be able to apply for a bursary. You will need to complete a bursary application form, which is available from our Welfare Team. You will also need to provide evidence of any benefits you or your family receive and proof of household income.

Please note that payments will only be made into the student's bank account and assessments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about financial support and bursaries offered at college, click here.

If I get extra support at school, will I still receive this at college?

If you have a learning difficulty and/or disability and have let us know on your application that you would like support during your time at college, our Additional Learning Support Team will contact you to discuss what support you would like. If you have already applied and not told us, don't worry, you can contact our Admissions Team ( and they will update your application.

If you find that you would like some support for your learning difficulty and/or disability once you have started your course, you can also self-refer. Your tutor and Progress Coach will be able to help you with this.

Keeping up-to-date

Over the next few weeks, we will be sending you important information about enrolment by email and letter. Please remember to check your inbox regularly and don't forget to let us know if your contact details have changed since you applied. If you provided your school email address when applying, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to update this to your personal email address.

Make sure you're following us on our social media channels, where we will be posting information about enrolment and what it's like to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College. @wvrcollege on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter.

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Ruby Dolphin

Level 2 Military & Emergency Services
Former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil

“Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be here without my tutors. My time at college has helped me to get on the right career path and explore many different opportunities to grow as a person. Both college and cadets have pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me resilience – to never give up and keep pushing for the life that you want.”

Through her course, Ruby has had the opportunity to give back to the local community, participate in exhilarating residentials and develop the skills and qualities needed to prepare for a career in the military and emergency services. Ruby's phenomenal growth since leaving school has not only been recognised here in college, but also by Cheshire Constabulary, as she was recently awarded 'Most Improved Cadet 2022 - 2023'. Ruby is now looking forward to progressing to the next level of her studies here at college in September.

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Jacob Mason

Level 3 Games Design & Animation
Former Lowton CofE High School pupil

“I would 100% recommend this college for those looking to study games design. The tutors treat you like adults and with respect, and the classrooms in the ACDS Centre have all the equipment and software needed to practise industry-standard projects.”

During his time at college, Jacob has learnt a range of new knowledge and professional skills needed for a career in the rewarding games and media industry. He has also had the chance to undertake an exclusive industry placement with one of the college's employer partners, Draw & Code, an experience which opened his eyes to the many exciting career opportunities available to him after his course.

Layla Thorpe Level 3 Theatrical Hair Media Make up student

Layla Thorpe

Level 3 Theatrical Hair & Media Make-Up
Former St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School pupil

"My tutors have been amazing and provide lots of feedback on how to improve. We get free rein to be creative and bring our ideas to life."

Since joining Warrington & Vale Royal College two years ago, Layla has learnt a wealth of new skills, won the college's first ever social media competition, 'WVR Glow Up', and started her very own beauty business alongside her studies. Through her course, Layla has been able to participate in a lucrative industry placement at Pure Hair & Beauty in Earlestown. It was here that she impressed her colleagues and was offered a chair to run her make-up business from. Layla now has big plans for her business venture, using the invaluable skills and knowledge she learnt at college as a head-start in her career in the £36billion health & beauty industry.

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