College Admissions Policy

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Applications Management

The aim of the Admissions Policy of The City of Liverpool College is to offer admission to Students, irrespective of social, racial, religious and financial considerations.

At the City of Liverpool College we have an exceptionally large range of qualifications and careers paths to choose from, helping young people to realise their goals for the future. We operate a centralised Admissions Department for all applications. Our Applications Managers are experienced in processing applications from Learners with a wide range of qualifications and practical experience. In order to ensure we place our Students on the right course to get them where they need to be we provide Advice and Guidance throughout the admissions process from Application through to Enrolment.

Making Decisions

Each application is assessed on its own merits. The College Admissions team work closely with the Careers Advice and Guidance team to ensure that applicants are referred to the most appopriate option. Detailed selection criteria vary from subject to subject. Every Applicant is considered individually using all the information available to us, examples include:

  • Academic record
  • School/college reference
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio/ submitted work, where required
  • Initial assessment results
  • Performance at interview

Successful applicants demonstrate through the application process the following strengths:

  • Academic ability and potential
  • Motivation and suitability for the chosen course
  • Commitment and self-discipline

All entry and subject specific requirement are published on our website.

In addition, it is a requirement of the law that all persons wishing to take up employment in care professions have a Criminal Records Bureau check. Certain convictions may lead to a refused enrolment.

All applications are considered in line with our commitment to equality of opportunity and in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

Any information collected during the admission process is protected by the Data Protection Act.

Higher Education Applications

Applications for full time HE courses should be made through UCAS using the Associated BuzzWord to identify The City of Liverpool as the preferred place of study. Applications for part time HE courses can be made direct to The City of Liverpool College. Learners applying for Higher Education (HE) programmes will be made aware of admissions arrangements by the individual Applications Managers and HE Programme Leaders. All Applicants will be invited to attend information events where detailed course information will be shared.

Students Progressing Internally

We prioritise applications from current Students. Internal progression is managed by the Personal Tutor. Our Students are supported through the process to give them the confidence in their secured place at the College for the following academic year.

Fees, Funding, Finance

We have a dedicated Financial and Welfare Management team to provide Student Support. Our generous Travel policy, Bursary allowance and discounted KIT funds provide access to Further Education and opportunity at The City of Liverpool College.

Learner Support

Applicants are given the opportunity to disclose a support need at application, interview and at enrolment. We manage all requests for Learner Support in parallel to the application process. Our Pastoral Team provide support for Learners covering the following areas: Childcare, Counselling, Student Engagement, and Learner Support.

Applications Process

It’s easy to apply for our wide range of courses.

  • Apply online at
  • Find out more about studying at the City of Liverpool College or to help Students make a focused, informed decision a dedicate helpline is available in The College Information Line 0151 252 3000
  • Visit The Learning Exchange, Roscoe Street. L1 9DW and meet with our Careers Advice and Guidance team.

To help us deliver a fast, efficient admissions process please;

  • Provide accurate and detailed information on your application form. Full personal, contact details and qualifications help us to process your application fast and make sure you are kept informed.
  • Update your information if it changes. You can do this through your application account or by calling our College Information Line.
  • Let us know if you can’t make any of the events you are invited to – we can easily re-book you in. To re-arrange an appointment call our College Information Line.

Upon receipt of an application your Applications Manager will invite you to interview. At the end of the interview you will be made an offer. We encourage Applicants to reply to an offer as soon as possible to enable us to prioritise early applications and secure places on our popular courses.

All offers of places and invitations to enrol at the College are made in accordance with the following criteria:

  • There is sufficient demand for the course
  • There is sufficient place available on the course
  • The applicant meets the entry requirements of the chosen course detailed on the website
  • Employment has been secured of the Apprenticeship Programme where required.
Late Applications

Late Applicants will be interviewed over the summer, the application and enrolment process will be managed closely to ensure the highest standard of interview and assessment is maintained during the peak summer period and we maintain the highest level of Student experience, securing Students on the right course.


As part of our commitment to delivering the highest standard of Student experience, we regularly review our process and welcome your feedback on the experience you have had. Please provide your compliments, comments or concerns to the College Information Line on 0151 252 3000.