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    Life after GCSE's...

    Post 16, post school, post GCSE there are so many options open to you - they all are called Further Education but can be very different.

    Legally everyone between the age of 16-18 must be in some form of further education this can be A'levels, diplomas, apprenticeships or a vocational study programme. Here at Easton & Otley College we offer a range of options covering areas as diverse as tree surgery (known as arboriculture) to agricultural engineering (fixing large machinery used in farming) and a lot inbetween.

    Easton & Otley College can offer a selection of Further Education courses at different levels from Entry to Level 3.

    The different levels of each course are based around the qualification you hold or are predicted.

    Entry Level - No formal entry requirements

    Level 1 - No formal entry requirements however student must have either successfully completed the Entry Level 3 Diploma or have English and Maths skills at Entry Level 3 or above

    Level 2 - 4 GCSE's grade 1-3 or above to include English and Maths at grade 3, or a level 1 qualification at merit/distinction (including Maths and English at grade 3).

    Level 3 - 4 GCSE's at grade 9-4 to include English and Maths or a level 2 diploma at Merit/Distinction including Maths and English at 4 or above.

    The entry requirements are guidelines for courses at each level, however some course require additional qualifications for example, a technical certificate may also require science.

    If you don't see the course you want at the level you want, don't worry give us a call or come along to one of our Course Advice Days to find out more.


    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.