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Applications for September 2024 entry are now closed.

Our application window is now closed. Applicants who applied by the advertised deadline will be contacted with an application outcome in due course. Please note interviews take place up until 14 March 2024, and applicants invited to interview will be contacted around two weeks ahead of their designated interview slot with a time. If you have applied, you may find the additional information below helpful.

Late applicants
In some circumstances we may be able to consider late applications such as for applicants who are relocating to the area or who have extenuating or other mitigating reasons for not applying by the published deadline. Please email with the subject heading ‘late application request’. Your email should state your reason for requesting a late application. Our Admissions team will then confirm our ability to accept an application.

Changing your application choices

If you wish to change your application choices please note that you can do so at interview. Simply speak to your interviewer to discuss this. Please note our ability to change your course options and make an offer will be dependent upon your predicted grades supporting entry to the courses you are requesting.

Advice for applicants attending multiple interviews

You may be attending a number of College interviews. If so, please remember you are free to accept places at as many institutions as you wish. This reserves your place on your chosen courses until GCSE Results Day, when you are then free to make a final decision. It is important to note that no College or Sixth Form can insist that you must make a choice and decline any other offers. We cannot reactivate any unaccepted offers after the acceptance deadline of Friday 12 April. Our ability to offer places post GCSE Results Day is dependent on availability, and some courses are heavily oversubscribed. Therefore we strongly advise all applicants to accept their place.

Admissions interview

If you have met the application deadline of Friday 2 February 2024, your application will be reviewed with the likely outcome of an invitation to an admissions interview with one of our specialist admissions team.

During your interview you will be given the opportunity to discuss why you have decided on the courses you have chosen. Your interviewer will be interested to hear about your career aspirations and your future goals, and how your values align with those of the College. We will also discuss your behaviour and attendance record, and where this is below our advertised entry criteria of 95%+, you will be given the opportunity to explain the reasons for this. Please note that if your attendance is below our required level, you will be contacted prior to interview and advised about the additional information required. We recommend you read our Admissions Policy for further information.

Applicants should prepare for the questions listed below in advance.

  1. What is your long-term vision? (This can be as specific as a particular career, for example paediatric nursing, or as generic as a desire to progress to university.)
  2. Why have you applied for your chosen courses and how do they support your long-term vision?
  3. How will you travel to College? What impact will your journey to College have on your daily
  4. What enrichment do you currently do? What enrichment would you be interested in taking up at HNC?
  5. How will you contribute to HNC’s values?
  6. How will you commit to embracing our motto of ‘become your best self’?
Conditional offer

You will be informed of the outcome of your application at the end of your admissions interview. In most cases we offer a conditional place at the College, which is dependent on you achieving the Pathway entry criteria and the subject specific entry criteria for your chosen programme of study on GCSE Results Day.

If your application for a place at HNC is successful at interview, you will receive a ‘Welcome to HNC’ flyer followed by a letter home which will include a step-by-step guide on how to accept your place online. The deadline for accepting your place is Friday 12 April 2024. Please note you won’t be able to accept your place until you receive this letter.

Preparing for life at HNC

Once you have accepted your place, you will be given an invitation to log in to our online Campus HNC @ Home (live post GCSEs). This will invite you to explore HNC and complete some subject-based activities which will give you a head start and support you to understand where your programme of study and the life-changing opportunities on offer at HNC can take you.

You will also receive an invitation to our Welcome Event, Hudd Fest. This is taking place on Thursday 11 July 2024. This event will provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow potential students and your new teachers, as well as providing a final opportunity to explore the College ahead of you joining us in September.


Enrolment at HNC takes place online via our student record portal, CEDAR and all students who have accepted a place will be sent detailed instructions ahead of receiving their GCSE results. You will be asked to upload your GCSE results online by 4:30pm on 22 August 2024 and complete the enrolment registration form. Both steps must be completed in order to enrol. You do not need to be available in person for this day, but you must be contactable via telephone from Thursday 22 August to Friday 30 August in case we need to discuss your enrolment with you. You must remain contactable for these dates, or until you receive your enrolment confirmation email. If need to contact you are are unable to, please be aware that your place at HNC will be at risk. Your compulsory Induction Day/ first day of teaching will be Monday 2 September and all enrolled students must attend on this day.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about your application, please get in touch. You can call Student Services on 01484 652341 or email

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