How to apply

It's important to get your application right, so we’re here to help you.

We’re delighted that you want to join us and 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 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, we will call you from 0800 612 6008, please save this number to your mobile phone.
  • 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 a ‘Meet the Teaching Team’ 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
  • Visit the Starting in September page to discover everything you need to know before starting College.
  • Merrist Wood offers accommodation for new and existing full-time students who wish to live in our halls.
  • 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 2023, 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.
  • You’ll be invited in to Connect to College week, which will consist of a schedule of activity designed to give you the best possible start.
  • Connect to College week is vital preparation for the beginning of the term. It is essential that you attend on the days specified by your faculty as it will ensure that you feel safe, confident and supported in college.
  • Final step… start your programme with us!

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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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