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Update For Our Year 11 Students From Bradford College

28th April 2020

Dear parent/carer/student,

Information for School Leavers (Year 11)

Whether you have already applied to Bradford College or not we hope you find the following information helpful and reassuring.

If you haven’t yet applied to Bradford College:

Bradford College has a wide range of Further Education courses for everyone.

We know that this year the impact of COVID-19 may be unsettling and worrying and we have put in place additional support for your application.

If you would like to see what courses Bradford College has to offer, please see our website at

Once you apply, you will be allocated a named admissions officer. They will call you, text you and email you regularly to reassure you and manage your application during the summer.

If you would like to apply, you can do so online at

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about your application, you can do so by calling 01274 088088 (option 3) or by email at during our normal office hours which are:

  • Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday – 8:30am – 4:30pm

If you have already applied to Bradford College:

We know that this year you may be concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your studies.

There is a place for you at Bradford College and we will support you all the way through this next stage of your studies – we will be in touch with you personally at many times throughout this difficult period and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Depending on the results you achieve this summer, you will be offered a place on one of the levels listed below, (if you do better than you expected in your exams you will be offered a higher level course, and if you don’t achieve what you are hoping for you will be offered a lower level course):

  • Entry 3/Level 1 Progression to Learning and Work Entry Requirements:

Our Level 1 or Foundation Level courses allow you to gain basic skills and provide a good introduction to your chosen subject and the world of work. You will combine practical hands-on activities, project work and key skills.

  • Level 2 Entry Requirements - 4 GCSEs Grade 3 or above Including Maths and English Language. Level 2 courses are intermediate and equivalent to GCSEs or First Diploma Level, they provide an opportunity to get qualifications that will prepare you for study at a higher level. You will learn vocational and academic skills alongside practical and hands-on activities, including project work.
  • Level 3 Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs Grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language

Level 3 is equivalent to A Levels or Extended Diploma Level; studying at this level can be challenging with courses offering solid preparation for a career or further studies, including apprenticeships and degree level study

We aim for all learners to achieve a Level 3 qualification at College, either by starting at Level 3 or progressing through the levels. Your journey to a Level 3 qualification will start at a level that best suits you. Achieving a Level 3 qualification will equip you with the skills and training to progress into an apprenticeship, move on to Higher Education including progression to degree level courses offered at Bradford College University Centre, or to secure employment.

All existing applicants will have already received a letter from a dedicated Admissions Officer. This letter will explain what you need to do next. We will also call and text you. If you haven’t received any communications from us it could be that your contact details are not up to date.

It is really important you receive messages from us. Please let us know if your email and / or mobile number changes and keep an eye out for emails / text messages and letters from us.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about your application, you can do so by calling 01274 088088 (option 3) or by email at during our normal office hours which are:

  • Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday – 8:30am – 4:30pm

Additional Helpful Information and links:

Maths and English:

It is a national requirement for all students aged 16-18 studying an educational course to continue to study maths and/or English if a GCSE Grade 4 (A*-C) has not already been achieved. If you do not pass maths and/or English at school you will be enrolled onto maths and/or English classes, and you MUST attend in order to pass your main programme of study.

Disability, learning difficulties or medical declarations:

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or a medical condition that may mean you need support, it is important that you contact our Learning Support & Disability Services Team on 01274 088401 or email to discuss your support needs. Please provide evidence or information about any support you have previously received to help us make your transition to college as easy as possible.

Student Finance:

For information about financial support, childcare and travel expenses etc. please visit for ‘Student Services’ and ‘Study Money’ for useful advice and guidance.

Progression to Higher Education:

Successful completion of a Level 3 study programme will enable you to progress to Higher Education – this includes degree level study at Bradford College. The college offers a range of vocational, academic and professionally accredited courses at HNC, HND, Foundation Degree, Degree and Postgraduate levels. We prioritise Bradford College student applications and offer a £500* progression incentive! Find out more about degree level study at and when you become a student at the College talk to your Progress Coach and tutors about our Higher Education offer.

27th March 2020

Subject: Important update for schools and colleges from Bradford College

Dear Colleague,

The Engagement Team at Bradford College would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are still available to support your students through these difficult times. We are still accepting applications and are continuing to work towards welcoming students, new and returning, to College in the next academic year. We have transformed our admissions service to reflect these uncertain times – all applicants will now get a named point of contact and regular (monthly) text messages, emails and phone calls from their named officer. Our new online application form ( will give them reassurance through the provision of an instant text message as soon as they apply.

We encourage you to ask your students to provide an email address that is not a school based one – this is to ensure we can keep in touch when they have left you. Finally we are working to give you summary information about your year groups so you know how many and who have applied.

The Engagement Team are currently working from home and we assure you we are also using this time to ensure our Progression Package offer to schools for next academic year is exciting, sustained and adaptable to meet the needs of your school.

We will aim to send regular updates to schools over the coming weeks containing helpful information and links, for your Year 11 and Year 13 students to help them prepare for their next steps. The team is currently working on exactly how this might look (possibly an online package of resources and career focused activities). If there is anything in particular that you (or your students) need please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of the Engagement Team and we will do our best to help.

Please share this communication with other colleagues in your school or college. (Apologies if you receive this email more than once, we are working to update and streamline our database of key contacts).

Best Wishes,

Charlotte Cooper-Nairn
Bradford College Engagement Manager

01274 088239

To support the government’s social distancing measures, Bradford College has moved all teaching and learning to online and alternative delivery to enable its staff to work from home.

Please contact me using the details provided above and I will reply as soon as possible.