If you’re an ambitious and hard-working student we’d love to talk with you about your next two years of study.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the admission process...
How do I apply?
You can apply online at anytime between 12 October 2017 and 05 February 2018 by using the link on the sidebar of this page. You'll need to upload your personal details, the GCSEs you're currently studying (and any you have already achieved), the subjects you would like to study at A Level next year and a short personal statement.
Its best to prepare your statement before you log-on to start your application. It doesn't need to be very long (no more than 300 words) and should tell us about what you enjoy about school, any special responsibilities you have, your hobbies and any career aspirations you have.
You can also list any non-GCSE qualification you are working towards in your personal statement.
Once you've applied be sure to monitor your email inbox as this will be the way we will contact you to arrange your course consultation.
What are the minimum entry requirements?
Our minimum entrance requirements are 5 GCSE grades at 6 or above. If you wish to take 4 A levels you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at grade 7 or above. There are also some minimum entry requirements that apply to individual subjects, please check the subject detail for more information.
We will consider other qualifications such as BTECs when reviewing your application, however, these do not form part of the minimum entry requirements.
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Do you take any special factors into consideration when making offers?
Yes! We have a special application process, known as Access to King Edward’s – or A2K, for short. If you have experienced significant hurdles in your education which may result in your actual GCSE results not reflecting your true A level potential, for example prolonged illness or moving between schools, our admissions process will take account of your individual circumstances provided you complete the A2K form detailing your special circumstances. The college will invite all students who complete and submit an A2K form to attend a course consultation provided their application includes supportive references. Please see our website for more details. Also, we welcome applications from able students who are in care or have recently left care; we interview all applicants in this category, provided their application includes supportive references.
What is the course consultation like?
Once we have received school references most applicants are invited to attend a course consultation. This is a short friendly and impartial one-to-one advice and guidance session where you can discuss your strengths and ambitions with a member of college staff.
The course consultation is not an interview. It's your opportunity to ask questions and help us make sure you're choosing the right subjects
Will I be accepted?
Conditional offers – stating specified grades - are made to applicants whom the college believes have the potential to most benefit from a place, based upon a variety of factors including their course consultation, the application form, and the school reference. Each year we are contacted by students who wish they had applied but who chose not to so, if in doubt, you are encouraged to apply! Our admissions team can offer lots of practical advice and will be happy to talk through any dilemmas or concerns you may have.
Can my parents attend the course consultation?
Most of our admissions events happen in the early evening. Whilst the consultation element is a one-to-one session there is a presentation for parents and staff will be available to answer all their questions.
When will I know if I have a place at the college?
We will send you a letter within a few weeks of your course consultation letting you know whether we can offer you a place. All offers are conditional on achieving the required entry criteria (and these may differ depending on the subjects you wish to study).
Later we will invite you to take part in one of our Welcome to College Days that take place in late June. At these events you will experience A level lessons in at least two of your chosen subjects, and get to know some of the staff and other new students.
Can I apply after the 05 Feb deadline?
You can still apply after the published deadline. However, we may not progress your application until after all other applicants have been considered and some subjects may not be available.
If I do not get a place, can I appeal?
Any applicant who was not successful when applying for a place can appeal to the board of governors for their application to be reconsidered, including new information such as school reports or results not available when their original course consultation took place. Details of the appeals process are sent to all unsuccessful applicants - click here for more information.
Who do I contact for more information?
You should find all the information you need on this website. However, if you have a specific enquiry, please contact our admissions team for more help.
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I am currently in ************ and the GCSE subjects that I am taking are English, Maths, Science, Religious Studies, Art, Computing and Graphic Products. I hope to achieve the grades that I am striving for so that I can go on to do my A levels in Art, Psychology and Sociology then to go onto university.
The reasons for choosing Art as an A level at Wanstead High School is because I was so impressed with the art department. I really liked the idea that it is made up of 100% coursework as it allows me to concentrate on doing pieces of writing for my other two subjects instead of three. I also want to Art because I enjoy it and that I know with this subject you can be as creative as you want and you aren’t restricted on what kind of things that you have to do. Moreover, if you are given a theme you can interpret it in anyway you want which therefore shows my creative abilities.
For my other A level choices I would like to do Psychology and Sociology. Even though I haven’t done either of those subjects at GCSE, I would like to do them at A level. The reason is that whenever I have seen something dreadful happen on TV or in a book I always wonder why people behave in certain ways in different situations. For example, why did Hitler behave in the way that he did. Was it because of something that happened in his past? Or was he pressured into doing those things? Also, why didn’t the Jews stand up to him? There was only one of him and there where many Jews. These are the kind of things that I would like to know as it would give me more knowledge about what happens in the world around us. In Psychology I find the idea of learning what goes through a murderers mind and other things similar to this very interesting. For example, when they plan to murder someone do they think about the consequences or does it not even cross their mind? If I were to do Psychology and Sociology I would find out the answers to my questions and learn about things which allow me to understand more about people’s behaviour in society, what goes through people’s minds and many more fascinating topics.