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Course Entry Policy


This document explains our policy for enrolling individuals onto differing programmes of learning. It relates to individuals eligible for publicly funded courses.Please also refer to our Terms & Conditions and the Learner Handbook, which explains our learner code of conduct, breaches of which may result in our refusing course entry to individuals.

Our Aim

Skills & Learning will make sure that individuals are admitted to our courses through a consistent, fair and transparent admissions process. We will ensure that all individuals are treated equally and are given appropriate information, advice and guidance to support them in selecting the correct learning provisionfor them.

We are committed to ensuring there is equality of opportunity for everyone who wishes to join one of our programmes and we welcome applications and enrolments from everyone with the potential to succeed. We will make reasonable adjustments throughout the application and enrolment process to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged.


Skills & Learning has limited funding with which to support individuals and we offer places to those eligible individuals who best meet our selection criteria and whom our staff judge to have most potential to benefit from their chosen course.

We prioritise this funding by:

  • Targeting funding at those who are not presently in employment, or are under-employed,and are actively seeking learning in order to improve job prospects
  • Targeting funding at those that need support to achieve greater levels of independent living
  • Targeting funding at those who have not yet reached a level in their maths and/or English that equates to a GCSE at grade C/4and through initial assessment and our professional judgement have the potential to further their attainment in maths and/or English by undertaking an accredited course. Funding must be used in a way that challenges individuals to achieve at a level higher than which they are initially assessed.
  • Targeting funding at those at risk of social and community exclusion

Course entry

 Skills & Learning will accept a learner who:

  • Meets funding eligibility criteria for their programme of study
  • Has not previously received ESFA funding for the same programme at Skills & Learning or at another provider. An exception may be made where the individual has previously demonstrated significant progress towards a successful outcome.Skills & Learning may seek to reclaim fees and support costs for individuals who fail to disclose that they are studying the same qualification with another provider or have previously achieved the qualification.
  • Has a good record of attendance throughout any previous course/s attended (over 80% of lessons attended) and a good record of completion of work and exam
    success. Exceptions may be made where non-completion and/or poor attendance has been the result of poor health or medical issues(evidenced by a Doctor’s Certificate) and the individual has kept us fully informed.
  • Provides any information requested to secure a place on their chosen programme, for example certificatesof prior achievement
  • Has no outstanding debt for previous courses or programmes of study
  • Has adhered to our learner behaviour policy (please see our Learner Handbook).

Unspent criminal convictions

The service reserves the right to refuse admission to individuals with unspent criminal convictions where, following a risk assessment, the risk to others or to themselves remains high.

Right of appeal

Individuals who wish to appeal against any decision made during the admissions andenrolment process should email

Academy Year 2019-20 Term Dates

Important dates for your diary

Autumn Term

  • Monday 9th September to Friday 20th December 2019
  • Half Term: Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019

Spring Term

  • Monday 6th January to Friday 3rdApril 2020
  • Half Term: Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2020

Summer Term

  • Monday 20th April to Friday 17th July 2020
  • Half Term: Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May 2020

Storage of information

It is a funding body requirement that Skills & Learning maintain records of the initial assessments for all individuals for a period of 10 years.

These will be held securely and shared with relevant Teaching, Learning and Assessing staff that are involved in supporting individuals through their chosen study programme.

Skills & Learning reserves the right to amend any part of this Admissions Policy, without notice, in response to changes in Education and Skills Funding Agency and/or other Funding Body funding guidance

Reviewed by Management Team–June 2019

Next review June 2020

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For enrolment or queries: 01202 262300 | 01305 819059


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