Q. When is the first day of term?
A. Students starting in 2021 will need to be available from Tuesday 31st August 2021 for enrolment.
Q. Is Welcome Day mandatory?
A. Yes, Welcome Day (28th or 29th June 2021) is essentially your first day at Collyer’s. Summer work will be set, and it will be your final opportunity to make subject changes. It is very important that you attend if you wish to study at Collyer’s.
Q. I do not attend a partner school. Can I still apply?
A. Absolutely, you are very welcome to apply if you do not attend a partner school. We welcome students from across the South East and internationally.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Applications are made via our online application system and will open on 11th November. Please read the How to Apply page and then click on the link to start your application.
Q. When is the application deadline?
A. Students at a partner school should submit their online application no later than 31st December 2020. Collyer’s partner schools are The Forest School, Millais School, Oathall Community College, Tanbridge House School and Warden Park Secondary Academy. Students attending any other school should submit their online application no later than 31st January 2021.
Q. How many subjects should I choose?
A. A normal study programme consists of three A Level subjects or equivalent. A double BTEC (Level 3), for example, would count as the equivalent of two A Level subjects and you would therefore need to choose one other (single) subject to complete your study programme. A T Level counts as the equivalent of three A Level subjects and so you would not choose any other subjects to accompany a T Level. Please use page 17 of our prospectus to help guide your initial choices.
Q. Can I choose 4 subjects?
A. If you choose four subjects in your initial application, we will give appropriate advice and guidance during your interview. Students wishing to choose four subjects should be achieving top grades at GCSE, choose an appropriate combination of complementary subjects and give a firm commitment that they will stick with all four subjects, should the study plan gain approval from a Head of House at enrolment.
Q. Can I change my subjects after I submit my application?
A. Yes, you can change your subject choices during your interview. After discussion we may also suggest subject changes at that point based on your interests, goals and expected GCSE grades.
Q. Is there a minimum entry requirement to Collyer’s?
A. Yes. We work with our applicants to find a study programme that fits with their interests, goals and grade profile from school. Students wishing to study a Level 3 programme at Collyer’s should achieve a grade average of at least 4.0 from a minimum of five GCSE’s. Students achieving a grade average of between 3.0 and 3.9 from a minimum of five GCSE’s may be considered for our Level 2 Transition Programme. Please refer to page 17 of our prospectus.
Q. Will I need to resist GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths if I don’t receive a grade 4 in each?
A. Yes, it is a government requirement that you must resit these qualifications to achieve a grade 4. This will likely inform your study programme and you will receive good advice and guidance during your interview and at enrolment in September.
Q. Are there any bus services that run to Collyer’s?
A. Yes, a large number of our students travel from outside of the Horsham area and several buses stop outside of the College, including those from Haywards Heath and Worthing. Students whose main address has a BN postcode will receive a Travel Award of £150 (£50 per term) as will students who use the Sussex Coaches service from the Haywards Heath and Cuckfield area. The Travel Award can be claimed via Student Services once the student has enrolled
Q. Is it easy to get to Collyer’s via train?
A. Yes, Horsham is easily reached by train from a wide number of locations including Haywards Heath, Redhill and Chichester. The train station is located at the top of Hurst Road, a 5 minute walk from the College.
Life at Collyer’s
Q. What is a typical timetable at Collyer’s
A. Standard teaching hours are 8:40am to 4:15pm, although students will find that the library is open until 6:30pm. All classes will take place within these standard hours and, where free periods take place, students are expected to make good use of the library.
Q. How do I join one of the sports teams?
A. You should register your interest as part of your online application. Our sports department will then be in touch before enrolment to give details about trials and what to expect.