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We would like to explain how we will be managing offers and interviews for applicants looking to study at college in September following the recent government announcement that all exams – GCSE, A Levels, Technical and Vocational, and International Baccalaureate – have been cancelled for this academic year.

Whilst we understand that this announcement is very unsettling for applicants and you may be concerned about your place at college, ultimately we do not expect this announcement to adversely affect students enrolling to study with us in September 2020.

The Department for Education has stated that: “The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.” and “The grades awarded to students will have equal validity to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities and colleges. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.”

Once we receive the grades you have been awarded we will confirm in the same way we do every year. Please be reassured that any applicant who does not achieve the grades required to meet the conditions of their offer will have their application reviewed, taking into account the grades awarded, prior achievement and references from their teachers, before a final decision is made. Where possible we will try to be flexible and we will ensure that all students are enrolling onto the right programme for them to be successful.

Where applicants have applied but not yet received an offer we will be in touch shortly either with an offer or for an interview – which we will conduct by telephone. We will continue to accept applications from those who have not yet applied to college.

Your school will have information about how grades will be awarded for your GCSEs; if you have specific enquiries about joining college, please feel free to contact our Admissions teams: courses@sparsholt.ac.uk

The Department for Education has published guidance that you may find helpful, view here. 

See our latest detailed update here.