School Leavers – How to apply

We have simplified our application process to five easy steps:

1. Apply

Apply online
To apply online, search for the course you are interested in on our school leaver course search. If you find something you like, simply click on the ‘apply for this course’ button. You can then easily create an account online and apply for the course you are interested in.

If you are not sure what level of course to apply for, or wish to apply to multiple subjects, please contact Learner Services on 01925 494494 or email

Apply by post
Print out an application form, and then once you have completed it you can hand it in to Learner Services at our Warrington or Winsford campuses.

You can also mail the application form to:

Admissions Team
Warrington & Vale Royal College
Winwick Road

Alternatively, you can request an application form and/or a prospectus to be sent out to you in the post.

2. Interview

You will be invited to attend an interview with the course tutor, or we can interview you in school, if you prefer. The course will be explained to you and we will discuss your predicted GCSE grades.

3. Offer

You will be told if you have received a place to study with us.

4. Register for the bus and bursaries

Once you have your college offer, you can register for a place on the free college bus. You may also be entitled to financial support to help you during your time at college.

5. Sample Sessions & Welcome Days

We will let you know about sample sessions and student welcome days so you can try out the course. In the current climate, these events may move to virtual events and all students will be notified of the format.

Don’t worry if you change your mind and would like to study another course. We want you to do what is best for you!

6. Enrol on GCSE Results Day

You will enrol on to your course on GCSE results day. You will need to bring your results and photographic proof of ID (driving licence, passport or birth certificate).

If you haven’t got your grades, don’t panic! Speak to our tutors and they will be able to advise you.

You will receive your ID badge and all the information you need for your first day.

Why choose Warrington & Vale Royal College?

  • We are proud to have achieved a ‘Good’ rating in our last Ofsted inspection (October 2019). Ofsted noted that ‘relationships between students and their tutors and assessors are excellent’.
  • We continue to consistently deliver outstanding results and are ranked in the top 12 colleges nationally – the top 7%.
  • Over 80% of students studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma achieved one or more Distinction grades.
  • Almost a third of students studying a BTEC Extended Diploma achieved the highest grade possible of Triple Distinction Star, the equivalent to 3 A* grades at A Level.
  • A record number of Level 3 students progressed to their first choice of university.

What do our students say about us?

  • 99% knew their timetable and where they should be in college
  • 95% knew who to speak to if they weren’t on the right course
  • 96% agreed they were aware of the support available to help them on their course
  • 98% knew who to talk to if they had a problem
  • 93% agreed they had made a new friend at college
  • 100% agreed they knew of college expectations

May 2021 survey results 


Student Success


Warrington & Vale Royal College student Maria Clerkin received an ‘exceptional’ offer from the University of Bolton to study Special Effects for Film and TV.

Maria, a former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil, said: “I’m so lucky to have met my Warrington & Vale Royal College art & design tutor, Rebecca Rogers. Rebecca has encouraged me to express my individuality through my art and really work hard.”

Maria Clerkin
Art & Design Level 3