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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter if I don’t put Long Road as my first choice?
No – we offer interviews to all applicants.

I’ve missed the application deadline, what should I do?
The application deadline is Tuesday 12th January 2021, any applications received after this date may be placed on a waiting list if we are oversubscribed.

What happens if I’m not predicted a Grade 4 in Maths and/or English GCSE?
All options, including re-taking GCSEs, will be discussed with you at your admissions interview.

How do I know if my school belongs to Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP)?
Click here for a list of all Cambridge Area Partnership schools. 

I currently attend a school that doesn’t belong to the Cambridge Area Partnership (CAP). Will this affect my application?
We welcome applicants from all schools and treat all applications equally, regardless of the school attended. 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 the UK or abroad?
You need to apply via our website using this link: Online Application Login/Registration. If you have any issues please email

Do you accept IGCSEs?
Yes, we accept all qualifications equivalent to GCSEs. If you are unsure about your qualifications please email

Can I apply to study both A Levels and Level 3 Diplomas?
Yes, there are lots of possible combinations of courses which are explained in our Prospectus. You will need to meet the entry requirements for all courses you wish to study, entry requirements can be found on individual course pages.

What happens if I want to change one of my subjects after my application?
You will have the opportunity to discuss your subjects and make changes to your application at your applicant interview. If you wish you make any changes after this please email

What happens at the admissions interview?
Your admissions interview is an individual informal discussion with a member of staff, usually lasting around 20 minutes. You will discuss your subjects, extra-curricular interests and career aspirations with your interviewer who will be able to offer advice and guidance on your study programme. It is also your opportunity to discuss any additional support you may require.

Your parent/carer is welcome to attend your interview with you.

At the end of your interview, you will be made a verbal conditional offer and given a booklet detailing the courses you have applied for, information discussed in your interview and further information about Long Road.

Click here to read our full interview preparation guide.

What happens after my admissions interview?
We will email your conditional offer to you within 4 working weeks of your interview. We will ask you to confirm within 2 weeks of receiving this email that you wish to hold your conditional offer. You will receive more information during the summer term, including your enrolment date/time.

All information will be emailed to you. It is important that you check your emails regularly and notify us of any email address changes.