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Admissions Policy July 2020

Does it matter if I don’t put Long Road as my first or second choice?
No – we interview all applicants.

I’ve missed the application deadline – what should I do?
Any applications we receive after 10th January 2019 may be placed on our waiting list if we are oversubscribed, which we review periodically.

Can I study A levels and a Diploma? 
There are lots of possible combinations, depending on your predicted GCSE grades.  See charts below – one for students who wish to take mainly A levels and the other for students who wish to take mainly Diplomas. Please note that if you wish to include any A levels in your Applied programme, you will need to meet the entry requirements for A level courses:

A level Programme

At least seven Grade 4s in a range of subjects including Maths and English and, if taken, the subject applied for. There may be additional requirements: please see individual course details.

Prospective students with fewer than 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, or without a 4 grade in either Maths or English, may be considered depending on their intended programme of study and career plan if they have an average grade of at least 4 in all subjects taken at GCSE level, and two or more grades higher than 4.

Level 3 Applied Programme

At least five Grades 4 or equivalent in a range of subjects including Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Merit in the subject applied for, if taken as an applied course. Students with at least seven GCSEs at Grade C may include one or more A levels in their programme.


A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (60-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a Distinction grade in a related area (60-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.
There may be additional requirements: please see individual course details.

What happens if I’m not predicted to achieve a Grade C in Maths and/or English GCSE?
All options, including re-taking GCSEs, will be discussed with you at your admissions interview.

Do you accept IGCSEs?
Yes – all qualifications equivalent to GCSEs are accepted. If you are unsure about your qualifications, please contact the Admissions Team on

Who do you interview?
We interview all applicants who have submitted an application by the CAP deadline, have a supportive reference  and meet the entry requirements. It makes no difference which school you currently attend.

What happens at the admissions interview?
These are individual 20-minute informal discussions and take place.  You will able to discuss your programme of study, course combinations, interests and aspirations with your interviewer, who will be able to offer course guidance, where appropriate.  Please tell your interviewer about any additional support you may require.

Your parent/carers are welcome to attend your interview with you.

At the end of your interview, your interviewer will make you a verbal conditional offer and give you a form, which lists your provisional/agreed courses.

We also complete a simple exam ID check (using either your birth certificate or passport, which we will ask you to bring with you).

What happens after interview?
We will email your conditional offer to you within four weeks of your interview.  It is important that you check your emails regularly and notify us of any email address change.

We will ask you to confirm within 2 weeks of the date of the email, that you wish to hold your conditional offer.

During the summer term information about Long Road, including your enrolment interview date/time, will be emailed to you.

What if I want to change one of my subjects after my admissions interview?
If you decide you want to change one of your choices after you have submitted your application, please email

I am currently studying abroad or in Scotland but moving to Cambridgeshire. What should I do?
Please email

I am currently attending a school which doesn’t belong to the Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP). Will I be able to get a place, and is it easier if I apply for certain subjects?
We treat all applications equally, regardless of the school attended, and the subjects you apply for make no difference. The only time that we would give preference to CAP applicants is if the College as a whole is over-subscribed.

What happens if I am moving into the area from another part of England or Wales?
You need to apply via our online application – here is the link: Online Application Login/Registration We will request a reference from your school/college, which also confirms your predicted GCSE grades.   Once we have received your on-line application and personal statement along with your academic reference from your school/college, we will process your application.