Higher Education Admissions Policy

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The aim of this policy is:

1.1 Chesterfield College is committed to ensure transparency, consistency and fairness through its admissions policy and procedures.

1.2 The Higher Education (HE) Admissions Policy is aligned with Chesterfield College’s Strategic Plan. It is informed by the mission and values of the College, the needs of its students and those of employers.  It is also informed by the policies of our collaborative partner institutions.

1.3 Applicants are chosen on merit and based on the recommendation outlined in Fair Admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for Good Practice by the Admissions to Higher Education Steering Group.  Admissions procedures are designed to allow all applicants equal opportunity to demonstrate achievements and potential.

1.4 The College is committed to recruit students from groups under‐represented in higher education generally by:

• Providing adequate support for students who might otherwise not be able to access higher education.

• Providing substantial advice and guidance to our own level 3 students to encourage them to progress to higher education.

1.5 The HE Admissions Policy is guided by the principles outlined by the Admissions Policies: Guidance for Higher Education Providers, SPA, August 2014 and by the Quality Assurance Agency’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B2: Admissions (2014). The processes for admissions vary for different groups of students but this policy covers all routes for admission and aims to be fair to all of them.

1.6 The College will operate procedures that are fair to all applicants regardless of age, background, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, pregnancy or maternity and compliant with relevant equality legislation. Policies and procedures will be equality impact assessed and reviewed annually by the College’s Higher Skills Governance Board.

Chesterfield College actively promote equality of opportunity, set out in a range of legislative and statutory instruments.

Student Transfer Arrangements

If you are thinking about transferring to another course it is important that you contact your Course Leaders or Student Service Advisors and Careers team in the Careers and Employment Hub to discuss this with you. Transferring between courses can be complicated and occasionally not possible if it is within the same academic year. If you decide that your current course is not the course you would like to remain on, you may request to either transfer to a different course within the same curriculum area; transfer to a completely different course within Chesterfield College; or transfer to a course at another institution. The timing of the transfer depends upon the time of year you have initiated the request, for example, if you have identified within the first couple of weeks that you wish to move courses, this is more likely to be possible immediately. However as the academic year continues, a transfer becomes very difficult as too much content may have been missed and therefore a transfer may have to take place in the following academic year. There may be an option to take a break in study during the period between coming off one course and starting the new course, but we recommend you talk through your options carefully with your Advisors and Course Leaders. Your new programme may have different entry requirements and you may also want to establish any impact on your student funding, so please check carefully.

If you wish to transfer courses within Chesterfield College you should speak to your Course Leaders or Student Service Advisors and Careers team. As we work with different university partners we would work with you to best advise a smooth transfer under the universities rules and regulations, any transfer must be approved by the Course Leader and validating university partner.

If you wish to transfer to a course at another institution, you should also speak to your Course Leaders or Student Service Advisors and Careers team, as well as the Admissions team at the university you are interested in. Contact their admissions office and ask about the subject you wish to study. They will help you to cross-map your current modules into the new course which may help to determine your joining point on the new course. You might be able to use credits you have gained on your current course to help gain advanced standing, perhaps enter into year two. If you speak to the new university or college and they agree to consider a transfer into a different year, you may need to complete a new UCAS application. When completing this application, make sure you indicate the correct year of entry. You may also wish to explain your reasons for reapplying in your personal statement.

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