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Enrolment 2020

Enrolment will take place on-site between Thursday 20th and Friday 28th August (excluding weekend). Applicants that have been accepted have been contacted by email, text and letter with details of their enrolment appointment.

Coronavirus measures

We have decided to extend our enrolment timeframe from four days to across seven days to allow for a reduced number of people on site at any time. Enrolment will now begin on the day of GCSE results, Thursday 20th August, and last until Friday 28th August. Please make sure you turn up at your given time and date as this way we can ensure the number of people onsite stays at an appropriate level. We will provide hand sanitiser, take your temperature on arrival and ask you to follow a one-way system, keeping to social distancing. You are very welcome to attend with a parent or guardian, but we ask you to limit this to a maximum of two family members to allow us to maintain social distancing.

Please do not attend your appointment if you or anyone in your household are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, or if you are quarantining. Instead, please let us know by calling 020 8772 6000 as soon as you can during the enrolment week. 

Applicants holding a conditional offer

If you have completed an application and received your conditional offer you should have now received an enrolment appointment time from us. Prior to enrolment, we will ask you to upload your GCSE results and UK passport/ birth certificate onto our online enrolment system. At your onsite appointment, you will meet with one of our course counsellors who will have a brief discussion with you about what courses and subjects you are interested in studying. They will then check that your GCSE results meet the entry requirements for your chosen subjects.  If your GCSE results do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course we will do our best to find an alternate, suitable course for you. 

What to bring with you to enrolment
Please bring the following with you to enrolment:
  1. your enrolment appointment letter confirming your offer and appointment time
  2. the original copy of your GCSE results, or the electronic version from your school (or NARIC Certificate of Comparability if qualifications were taken abroad - see international students)*
  3. passport or UK birth certificate, or alternative identification/ residency documents (you can find accepted documents on the enrolment letter)*
  4. £50 ICT package fee
    *We will be asking you to upload these online prior to your enrolment appointment, but please bring them along just incase we need to double check anything.
If you are away for your enrolment appointment
Enrolment should take priority over other arrangements. If you are away at the time of your enrolment appointment, but available on a different day during the enrolment week, please email admissions@sfx.ac.uk with your availability and we will let you know if there are any free slots.

If you are away for the entire enrolment week we advise you to ask a trusted family member or friend to attend your enrolment appointment in your place. You will need to have uploaded your GCSE results onto our system prior to your appointment, and your family member/ friend will need a clear idea of the courses you are hoping to study and, if possible, as many of the other items mentioned in the list above.

If you are away for the entire enrolment week and it is not possible for someone to attend in your place, please email admissions@sfx.ac.uk and we will try to book in an appointment for you at your first availability following enrolment week, however it is unlikely all courses will be available at this point. 
 

Making a late application

We are still accepting late applications for September. We advise you to apply as soon as possible online at https://apply.sfx.ac.uk.  We are not holding interview at the moment. We will need to receive a school reference to cover at least the last two years of your education before we can review your application and offer you a place. 
 

Enrolment Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change my mind about the course(s) I’ve applied for?
You finalise your decision on which courses you would like to study at enrolment. This can be completely different to what you put down on your application form if you have since changed your mind. During the enrolment process you will meet with a course counsellor who will talk with you about which courses would be best for you based on your GCSE results, interests and your future career plans.

Do I need to attend enrolment with my parent/guardian?
Your parent/guardian is very welcome to attend, but it will not be a problem if they cannot attend. We do ask you to limit family members coming with you to two people maximum to allow us to keep to social distancing.

I can’t make my enrolment appointment. What should I do?                                                      
Enrolment should be your priority over other arrangements. If you can make an alternate day between Thursday 20th August and Friday 28th August (excluding weekend), please email admissions@sfx.ac.uk with your availability and we will see if it is possible to move your appointment. We cannot guarantee all appointments or day will be available. If you are away for the whole of the enrolment week we recommend you ask a trusted family member or friend to attend in your place. You will need to upload your results and ID to the online enrolment system ahead of your appointment and your family member/ friend will need to have a clear idea of what courses you are hoping to enrol onto. If you do not have someone that can attend in your place, please contact us to confirm your first available date after enrolment. We should still be able to enrol you, but courses fill up during enrolment week, so not all courses will be available. We are not able to reserve spaces.

What happens if my GCSE results don’t meet the entry requirements for my chosen course(s)?
Students with results close to the entry requirements will still be considered for the course. We will look at your overall results to make our final decision. It is important to still attend your enrolment appointment to see what we can offer you. We will do our best to accommodate everyone who has received a conditional offer, even if they have not met the entry requirements for their chosen course.

What do I need to bring with me to enrolment?
You will need to upload your GCSE results and ID online prior to your appointment. You will then need to bring along your GCSE results, proof of identification, the £50 ICT fee and your enrolment appointment letter. As you will have already uploaded your any results and your ID we will likely not need to see these, but ask you to bring them along just in case we need to double check anything.

What is the £50 ICT fee for?
This is a one-off fee for your entire time at Saint Francis Xavier. It goes towards WiFi access, the use of the Library/Media resources, access to IT support for all technology related issues, maintenance and updates to IT/ technology systems & is a contribution towards student printing credits. We do not charge any other enrolment or annual fee.

If I plan to sit my GCSEs in the Autumn can I change course when the new results come through?
At present, the specific date of any Autumn GCSE examinations has not been confirmed, but the government have given the approximate date of November 2020 with results likely to be released in February 2021. The updated results will arrive too late in the academic year for us to transfer students onto a new course/subject. We therefore we have to accept the final grades given in August and use these to confirm which courses you qualify for this academic year.

Can I take four A levels?
Students with exceptional GCSE results will be offered the opportunity to take four A levels. In this situation we often recommend considering the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is equal to half an A level. It is a coursework based project on a topic of your choice that you complete during the first year and is highly valued by universities. Students qualifying for four A levels may also be considering applying to Oxbridge or Russell Group universities - see previous REAch pathway page.

I am fluent in a different language. Can I take this as a fourth A level?
Students fluent in French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese can take the language as a fourth A level or in addition to their BTEC/UAL course. You will need to attend timetabled lessons for the language. Students who do not have a GCSE qualification in the language will need to first be assessed by the subject teacher. Students who are fluent in a language not offered among our A level subjects are welcome to apply to be entered for the A level exam.

Can I apply to receive a bursary?
Information on applying for a 16-19 bursary will be available at the induction day after enrolment. Those who qualify will need to have a personal bank account for the bursary to be paid into. The bursary will be dependent on attendance. Visit www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund to see If you are eligible to receive a bursary.

When will I have my timetable?
You will receive a provisional timetable at your induction session on Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th September after you have enrolled. We will be beginning the year on a provisional “bubble” timetable to reduce the number of people on site at one time, and will revert to a more conventional timetable as soon as it is safe to do so.