Applying to study with us
You are invited to visit QAC to discover for yourself the friendly atmosphere and great resources. You can meet students and staff and get answers to any questions before making an application. Call 0121 428 5041 to book an informal visit.
To apply for a place you will need to fill in an application form and medical form which we can give you when you visit. Download them using the links below or let us know if you prefer to receive these forms by post.
Government changes to the process by which young people are eligible for High Needs funding from September 2015 means that all applicants to QAC must have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). An EHCP replaces a Statement of Special Educational Needs and the historical Learning Support Plan drafted by Careers Advisors.
QAC have been asked by all Local Authorities in England to make it very clear to families that all young people continuing education require an EHCP, and this is a statutory process which includes consultation with providers. Without an EHCP in place, funding will not be available for that young person.
In the process of completing EHCPs, parents and the young person have a right to request a specific placement. At this point, the Local Authority then contact QAC if that is their choice.
Usually, once you have sent in your application form to our Admissions Officer we will invite you in for an initial assessment. Then we can find out about you, your strengths, interests and support needs and agree with you the right programme. It helps us get to know you and lets you find out what QAC is like.
During your assessment you might meet the following people: a speech and language therapist, a low vision specialist, a nurse, subject tutors, a mobility trainer, a computer/assistive technology tutor and residential staff. If you have a visual impairment as part of the assessment you will be invited to the Low Vision Centre at Focus Birmingham for a visual assessment. If you are looking for a residential place you will have an overnight assessment to find out about living at College. Otherwise your initial assessment will take one day.
As soon as possible after your assessment we will write to you to confirm whether or not we can meet your needs. Should QAC be able to meet your needs, we will also notify your Local Authority as it is your Local Authority that offers the place. Once the Local Authority has confirmed to the intention to name QAC in your EHCP, we will contact you in writing with all the relevant information about a start date.
Once you start at QAC we will spend a lot of time getting to know you better and making absolutely sure that your programme, support and accommodation meets your needs.
Downloads related to this article:
What the students say
The College environment is very inclusive and extremely welcoming – it almost feels like a second home to me.
Kaseem - 18
Information Technology Student