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How do I apply for a full or part-time course?

You can apply online through our website. Choose your programme and click 'apply now'. If you are a school leaver you can apply through Kent Choices. Your local authority will write to you with your login details. If you are unsure of your choices your school careers adviser will be able to help you choose a course appropriate for your chosen career path. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with one of our impartial careers advisers by calling 01634 383636.

How do I apply for a higher education course?

All higher education applications must be submitted through our website.

When can I apply?

You can apply to study at MidKent College as soon as programmes appear on our website. This is normally in October. We accept applications, subject to places being available, into the following September. Our programmes are popular and some fill up quickly, so please apply as soon as possible. Do not wait until after your exams as you may miss out on the programme of your choice.

Is there a deadline for applying?

To avoid disappointment we advise you to apply as soon as possible as some programmes are popular and fill up very quickly. If the programme is full, you will be added to the waiting list. Unfortunately once the waiting list is full, we may not be able to offer you a place on that programme.

I am not sure what subject I would like to study, where can I get help?

MidKent College's impartial careers advisers will be happy to help you decide on the best programme to study for your chosen career path. To book an appointment with a careers adviser please call 01634 383636.

Can I apply for more than one course?

After seeking careers advice you should have a good idea of the subject area you wish to study. Following a careers interview we are happy for you to apply for up to two programme, your first choice and a back-up choice. Once you have received your results, and attended your enrolment session, you can then confirm the programme you would like to study.

How do I know which level of course to apply for?

In each section of the 'Subject Areas' pages you'll be able to view a chart which explains all of the qualification levels with entry requirements. Your school should be able to provide you with your predicted grades (also needed for your application). If you are still unsure of the correct level, please email with details of your predicted grades and we will advise you of the most appropriate level. Some programmes will require you to start at level 1 to learn the core skills needed before progressing. This is normal for many of the construction trades programmes.

Does the College provide additional support for students with learning difficulties/disabilities?

Yes, please complete the relevant questions during the application process and a member of our Additional Learning Support team (ALS) will contact you. You may be invited to attend an assessment to enable us to provide the help you need to be successful on your chosen programme.

Does the College accept international students?

We welcome applications from all over the world but we do not have a licence to accept students who hold or wish to apply for a Tier 4 Visa.

Will I have to pay for my full-time course?

If you are aged 16-18 your programme is free. There may be equipment or uniform you will need to purchase, but this will be discussed at your interview. If you are aged 19+ please see the sections on course fees, concessions and loans and how to pay.

Do I need to provide a reference?

The College may ask your school or employer for a reference and you are welcome to include one with your application if you wish.

What happens once I have submitted my application?

When we receive your application we will contact you by email with an invitation for an interview and/or assessment with the course tutor. Please remember to let us know if you move house or change your telephone number.

Do I need to bring anything to the interview?

Please bring along anything you feel highlights your interest in the subject you are applying for and may help to support your application.

Are my parents/carers able to attend the interview?

Parents/carers are welcome to accompany you to the interview. If you are asked to undertake an assessment your parent/carer will be asked to remain in the waiting area.

What do I do if I do not get the grades I need to enrol on the course?

First of all, do not panic! Please still attend your scheduled enrolment session even if you feel you have not obtained the grades for the programme as there may be an opportunity to transfer to a different level within the same department. Careers advisers will also be present if you need help looking at alternatives.

When does my course start?

You will be notified of the programme start date when you come to the College for your enrolment session. Part-time applicants will be notified of their start date by the academic department delivering the course.

When will I be given my timetable?

Your timetable will be given to you on the first day of term.

How can I get to College?

Public transport is available to both campuses; bus services stop outside our campuses and train stations are in close proximity.

Is parking available?

Student parking at the Medway Campus is only available for students registered disabled and Government Blue Badge holders. Students from outside the Medway local authority area can apply for a parking permit, call 01634 383000 for more information. Student parking is available at the Maidstone Campus so please remember to collect a parking permit from reception. You must display a valid permit or you may receive a parking fine.

Can I receive financial help from the College for travel and course costs?

The student financial support team are always happy to answer any questions surrounding financial assistance. Financial help may be available to travel to and from College on public transport, pay childcare costs while you study or for books, uniform and equipment essential for the programme.