Admission Policy

Higher Education Admissions Policy

Recruitment and Admission of Students

Published Date: 31st October 2014                    Review Date: 31st October 2015


The selection of appropriate students to higher education courses is an important process. While Excel Graduate School fully supports the idea that all should have access to higher education, we have a responsibility to ensure that academic standards are not compromised and enrolment is done with integrity underpinning our recruitment. This admissions policy is intended to outline the procedure involved in the selection of prospective students. The college welcomes applications from all people. It endeavours to ensure that there will be no discrimination for reasons of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, gender, re-assignment or socio-economic.

Scope:  The policy relates to admission onto HNC/HND courses offered by the college.

Entrance Criteria

Applicants must be 18 and over; have proof of residency in the UK for the last three years and have GCSE Maths and English grades A-C or equivalent.  In other cases prospective students may be taken where they have three years relevant work experience. Applicants to full time HNC and HND courses will apply directly to the college and may be interviewed by the admissions tutor for the relevant course. considered if, for example, they have significant experience of working. Applicants may be required to undertake an initial assessment of their current literacy and numeracy. Successful students will be offered a place and will have to fill out Student Loan Company online form.

The process is fair and transparent and committee level work needs to be approved by the Academic Committee.

The key principle is to ensure that those admitted are fit to complete their choice of   programme of study. The basic or minimum entry qualification needs be met as ascertained by documentary proof.  Further assessment to assure competence may be made through interviews. The process is clear and the various steps need be followed till approval by the Academic committee. Key information on the programmes should be available to help applicants understand the implication of their choices of study with regard to programme structure, assessment and progression routes. There is opportunity for prospective students to seek reasons for not being admitted. There is help given to prospective students and the application and admission process and the various steps are clarified to all prospective applicants. The programme information is current and should there be need for significant changes, such information is promptly communicated to prospective applicants.

In addition to the above the process also involves the following:

  • Admission officers talk to students about their future prospects to determine whether this is a right place for them
  • Admission officer provides them with full course information about awarding bodies and funding options and process.
  • If there is any doubt, admission officer may ask prospective student to take a numeracy and or literacy assessment test.
  • In a case where student applicant is declined, they will be informed of the reason and the appeals process.
  • If any student decodes to appeal, it will be according to college Appeal Policy and timescale.

Upon admission new students are taken through the induction process to facilitate the transfer from prospective students to current student.

This policy is consistent with good practice in higher education admission as per the UK quality code: Chapter B2: indicators 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Part B: Assuring and enhancing Academic qualifications.

Anis Zaman  (Director of Studies)