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FAQs for students and parents

Is it possible to visit the College before I apply?

We normally hold three Open Events in the Autumn term. At the moment we can only offer a Virtual visit. Please check our Website for further information.

Do I have to be Catholic to come to Aquinas?

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 may be asked to produce proof of baptism.

How do you prioritise applicants?

Please see our Admissions page for full details of our admissions policy.

How do I apply?

Sixth Form Admissions

Application is online via our website – click Sixth form-Apply now From Saturday 24 September 2022 until our closing date of midnight on the 30 November 2022.

Pathways SEND Department (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) Admissions

Application is online via our website – Pathways applications From Saturday 24 September 2022 until our closing date of midnight on the 30 November 2022.

What do I include in my application?

You need to answer all questions fully and include as much detail as possible.
Since we are not able to offer a place to every applicant, the quality of the application is important. You can log in and out of your application but remember to save any changes. Once you have submitted your application you will only be able to log back in to update your contact details or amend your course choice.

I’ve missed the application deadline can I still apply?

Applications in all categories submitted after our deadline will be put onto a reserve list with no guarantee of further consideration. For further information email

When do I know whether or not I have a place?

Category 1: Applicants will have a Course Consultation meeting following submission of their application and offers will be confirmed by the 16 December 2022.

Category 2: Applicants will be notified by the 16 December 2022 whether or not they have been selected for interview. Following interview, offers will be confirmed by February half term.

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 enrolment instructions via email after the Welcome Days. Please see the Admissions timeline for more information.

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 combinations are possible. Your options will be fully discussed at your course consultation 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.

Does college have a bus service?

No we don’t. Greater Manchester Transport offers a concessionary scheme for students travelling
to and from college. Further information is available from Students living outside of Greater Manchester should consult their local travel company for information.