Admissions FAQ

FAQs for students and parents

Is it possible to visit the College before I apply?
Yes it is. Visit us at one of Open Events when you can speak to our subject tutors and Admissions
Team and see our state of the art facilities. If you would like to visit at another time please contact.
[email protected]

When are your Open Events?
Always during the first part of the Autumn Term, keep checking our website for details.

Do I have to be Catholic to come to Aquinas?
No, we welcome applications from all faiths and no faith. Check our Admissions page for further
information.

I’m Catholic, do I have to produce proof?
Catholic applicants who do not attend a Catholic Secondary School will need to submit proof of
baptism with their application.

How do I apply for the Sixth Form?
Application is online via our website- click Sixth form-Apply now. The application form is available after our first Open day.

Applications to the Pathways Department
Information about how to apply for our Pathways course and a link to apply is available on our website – Pathways applications
For further information on how and when to apply please contact Maxine Allcock, Head of
Pathways, via email [email protected] or telephone 0161 483 3237.

When can I apply?
From our first Open Evening date and before our deadline of 30 November.

How do I apply?
Our application form is only available on line, please visit our Sixth Form Application page.

Can I go back into my application?
You can log in and out of your application and save your changes. Once you have pressed submit
you will only be able to log back in to update contact details or amend your course choice.

How do you prioritise applicants?
Please see our admissions page for full details of our admissions policy.

I’ve missed the application deadline can I still apply?
Applications submitted after our deadline will be put onto a reserve list with no guarantee of further
consideration. For further information email [email protected].

When do I know whether or not I have a place?
All applicants who submitted their application before the deadline will hear via email by the 20
December. Check our Admissions Timeline for further information.

Can my parents attend my one to one advice and guidance or interview appointment with me?
The interview itself is conducted with you alone. Your parents are welcome to accompany you to the college – there will be a waiting area for parents where refreshments are provided.

Do you hold any taster days?
Applicants who have been offered a place will be invited to attend one of two Welcome Days at the
end of June or beginning of July. See the Admissions timeline for more details

What if I can’t attend Welcome Day?
Welcome Day is an important introduction to Aquinas College and we strongly recommend attending. If you can’t attend the day you have been invited to, you are welcome to attend on the other day – please let us know on your acceptance form.

When is enrolment?
Enrolment is at the end of August. Students who have been offered a place will receive an email in
July with an individual enrolment appointment. Please see the admissions timeline for more information

What if I am away for enrolment?
Your enrolment appointment email will contain instructions on how to rearrange your appointment.

Can my parents come with me to enrol?
Most students come to enrol on their own but parents are welcome to come as well if preferred.

What grades will I need to be offered a place?
Our offer of a place is not subject to certain GCSE results however each subject has individual entry
criteria. The better your GCSE grades the more choice of courses you will have. See our Guide to choosing courses for more information.

Can I study an A level that I haven’t studied at GCSE?
Sometimes you can, please check our Subject Entry Criteria.

Can I study BTECs with A Levels?
Yes, many combinationas are possible. Your options will be fully discussed at your advice and guidance or interview appointment and at enrolment. See our Guide to choosing courses for more information

How many subjects will I study?
Most students study three subjects, as well as Core studies and Enrichment

How can I get more information on courses?
Full information can be found on our individual Course pages.

What is the dress code at college?
Students are able to wear whatever they want but we ask that you dress appropriately for the college environment.

Is there any financial assistance available?
Yes, we provide financial assistance through the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Please see our Bursary page
for further information.

How do I know if I qualify for the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
To apply for a bursary you must be aged between 16 and 19 and in full-time or part-time further education
or training. Please see our Bursary page for full details

How do I apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
You can download the form from our Bursary page.

I have free school meals, can I get these at college?
Yes – in most cases. Application for free school meals must be made using our 16-19 Bursary Claim Form. See Free college meals for more information.

Is my Bursary automatically renewed each year?
No, you need to reapply for your Bursary each year.

What time do we start and finish college?
College starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3.50pm. Please refer to your individual timetable for when
you have to be in college.

Does college have a bus service?
No we don’t. Greater Manchester Transport offers a concessionary scheme for students travelling
to and from college. Application forms are available from www.tfgm.com. Students living outside of Greater Manchester should consult their local travel company for information.

What if I am ill and can’t come into college?
We would prefer that all absences are reported by telephone on the day of the absence. Parents
should ring Student & Information Services on 0161 419 3624. If there is no reply parents should
leave a message quoting the student’s name and the reason for the absence. Please see our Attendance policy for further details.

What if I am late into college?
If you are late due to traffic, buses or trains etc. go straight to your class on
arrival and scan in and then report to Student & Information Services afterwards.

What if I have a medical appointment?
We would prefer all medical appointments to be made outside of timetabled lessons. If this is not
possible Student & Information Services will require a phone call from parents or sight of a
medical card or appointment letter.

How do I get a letter confirming that I am a student for Council Tax, Child Benefit purposes etc?
Please either ring Student and Information Services or request a letter at the SIS reception desk.

I’ve lost my Library Card, what do I do?
Go the Library help desk on the first floor of the LRC.

Can I go out of college during a study period?
You can use the LRC and Drop-in for your study periods but you are allowed to go off site if you prefer.

How do I contact my tutors?
You can find your tutors in their staff office or you can email them. Student and Information Services can let you know when tutors are free and can give you email addresses.

How do my parents/guardians log into MyAquinas?
Instructions are posted to parents in September. They will need a valid email to register via our website. If they have problems registering they should email [email protected] If they wish change their email address they should email [email protected] See our MyAquinas page for more information.

How do I log into ParentPay?
Instructions are posted to parents in September. If they need any assistance they can email
[email protected] or telephone 0161 483 3237.

What are the term dates/when is college closed for holidays?
You will find this information on our Calendar page.

When are Consultation Evenings?
U6 and L6 Consultation Evenings are normally held in January. Students and parents will receive
further information nearer the time.

When are my exams?
Exams are held in the Summer Term, you will be able to access your exam timetable on MyAquinas.
Further information is available from the Exams Office, email [email protected]

What do I do if I’m late for an exam?
Ring college as soon as possible for advice on 0161 484 3237 or 0161 419 3624.

How do I find out my exam results?
Results can be accessed from 6.30am on Results Day via MyAquinas.

How do I get my certificates?
A Level certificates will be available at Certificate Evening held in December or can be collected from College from January.