Frequently Asked Questions
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, we understand that this is a time of considerable worry and challenge for many. We hope this page will provide information and reassurance for students who are hoping to join the College in September 2020.
Please be assured that there is still a place for you at The Henley College and there is no reason to be anxious or worried. The College are committed to supporting your progression, regardless of the wider circumstances.
If you have a question that has not been answered below, then please do get in touch with the Admissions team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I still apply for a place at Henley for September 2020?
Yes, we are still accepting applications for all of our courses starting in September 2020. You can apply here.
Has the application process changed or been affected?
We have had to make slight changes to our application process due to the College site being closed. However, you can still make an application via the college website. Your application will be reviewed by a member of the Admissions Team, and we will ask you to submit relevant documents via email. Your application will then be passed on to the relevant member of our Curriculum staff to review. We will issue offers of study to successful candidates via email.
Can I visit the College or come to an Open Event/Tour?
The UK Government closed all UK schools and colleges on Friday 20th March, therefore The Henley College site is not open to visitors and you will not be able to visit in person until we are able to safely open again. However, our College website and our social media platforms contain lots of images, videos, and course content to enable you to experience the college environment and learn about student life. We are also happy to arrange phone conversations with relevant college staff, on request.
I have already accepted my place for September, is this still valid?
Yes, at the moment we plan for the College to be open as normal to accept both new and returning students for the start of the 2020/21 academic year. Applicants who have already received their offer do not need to do anything further and will receive information in due course.
I have applied for The Henley College but still haven’t heard anything.
All students who have already applied to the College, but have not yet attended an interview, will be contacted by a member of the Admissions team and will be given information about their next steps. In the meantime, if you have not done so already, please email a copy of your most recent school report to email@example.com
I have an outstanding conditional offer, but still need to return my acceptance documents.
Congratulations on your conditional offer; we can’t wait to welcome you to the College. If you still need to return your acceptance documents, we ask that you do this via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and not by post. If you have misplaced your acceptance documents, please do contact the Admissions Team.
I haven’t applied yet as I am still unsure about what course to take at The Henley College. What should I do?
For all students who have not yet applied for a specific course and who are unsure of what their next steps might be, please do get in touch with our Admissions Team via email at email@example.com. We will be able to answer any questions you may have about the College and put you in touch with any relevant staff. This website is also full of useful course information to help you when making your course choices.
What will happen now that GCSE examinations are no longer taking place?
Please rest assured that there is a place for you at The Henley College in September. We will use the information you supplied on your application form and school report, as well as any other details you may provide, to offer you a place. Although you will not be sitting GCSE examinations in May/June, you will receive grades for each of your GCSE subjects over the summer, based on the work you have completed so far. We will use these grades to confirm or amend your September offer.
For students who may wish to contest their awarded grades, there will be an appeals process available, and an opportunity to sit the GCSE examinations for those subjects in the autumn term.
Are there any study activities that can be doing to help prepare me for my course(s) in September?
The College has released some transition activities which can be found on our website course pages. The college is also compiling a comprehensive list of textbooks and supporting literature that will also be added to the website as soon as possible.
What if the lockdown is extended for a much longer period?
The College will review the situation and adapt the application process, if necessary. We will inform prospective students of any new changes accordingly. We will continue to update you on any developments that affect students, parents or employers via our website, social media, and email.
I am stressed and anxious about COVID-19. Where can I get support?
We recognise that some of you may be feeling concerned or anxious about COVID-19 for a variety of reasons.
If you are worried about COVID-19, we encourage you to talk to someone, be this a member of your family, friend, school teacher/tutor or a charity organisation.
Below are links to some websites that you might find helpful:
This toolkit from Mind can also help you with planning and taking care of your wellbeing during self-isolation, learning/working from home and worries around Covid-19.
- Plan for staying at home or indoors
- Take care of your mental health and wellbeing
- Checklist: are you ready to stay at home for two weeks?
You can find general guidance on Covid-19 on Public Health England website.