How to apply

The application process has changed, but we’re still here to help.

We’re delighted that you want to join us and we want to make the application process as straightforward as possible.  

This step-by-step guide will explain what you need to do to choose your course, apply to college and complete your enrolment in the summer.  

If you are an international student, your application process will be slightly different. Visit our International website for full information on your application journey, including visas. 

If you need any help completing your application form, one of our Advice and Admissions Team will be happy to help you. Please contact them on 0800 612 6008 or send an enquiry. 

  • Make an application. Find a course and apply for it online, or you can use our PDF application form 
  • If you choose to apply online, once you have chosen the course that you wish to study, please add it to your basket. You will then need to register or log in to proceed through your application. 
  • Let us know about any specific support needs you may have. 
  • We will then send you an email to confirm that we have received your application. 
  • You will receive a call from the Admissions Team to discuss your application and any additional support needs.
  • If necessary, you will receive a further call from Learning Support or Student Support to ensure you receive the support you need at college.
  • If you apply online, you can view the status of your application on the application portal.
  • You will also be invited to book an Offer Event at the College for the course you have applied for
  • You will receive your conditional offer by email to confirm the programme you have applied for and the entry requirements of that offer. These might be achieving certain grades, successfully passing an assessment, providing a portfolio of your work or taking part in an audition.
  • Your conditional offer may also include details of an alternative pathway programme that you might be eligible for if you do not meet the entry criteria.
  • Accept your place by email or text message. 
  • At this event, you will meet your tutor, take part in an experience as well as meet other students who have applied for the same course
  • This event will be your opportunity to ask any questions and to confirm that you have applied for the right course
  • Once we have received your completed application form, we will be in touch with you regularly to let you know about all the exciting things happening at college and to support you in becoming an Activate Learning student in September. 
  • Make sure you are financially prepared by investigating what financial support options might be available to you 
  • Take part in activities run by each faculty, which might include induction programmes, summer projects or recommended reading.  
  • Attend the New Student Welcome Day where you’ll get a chance to meet your tutor and classmates, have a look round the facilities and take part in some fun activities. 
  • If you met the conditions of your offer great news! 
  • If you didn’t meet the conditions or wish to change your plans don’t worry! You will know which course you might now be eligible for, or if you wish to change your plans give us a call or book on to a College Clearing appointment. This is a second chance at getting a place at college, by matching students with places we still have available. 
  • In Summer 2022, you will receive an email that will contain a link to your online enrolment form. You will need to click ‘enrol me’ and complete your enrolment as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
  • You will also receive your first day arrangements, so you know where to go and at what time.
  • Start your programme with us!
  • Complete an induction to help you make the most of your learning experience. 

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Why Merrist Wood College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    different courses

  • 50+

    years of experience in teaching land-based subjects

  • 400

    -acre campus specialising in the land-based industries

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