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Am I Eligible to Apply?


Student places at One are funded  by the ESFA and there are certain criteria students need to meet in order to be offered a place at One.

  • Students must be under 19 years of age on 31st August on the year of their application
  • Students must not have already studied a Level 3 course elsewhere when applying for a Level 3 course with One
  • Students from overseas (outside the EU and EEA) whose main reason for residence in England or the EEA has been attendance at a fee-paying school or non-maintained school are not usually eligible for funding. Periods spent in the UK as overseas fee-paying students in either public or private education do not count towards the three year period of legal residency in the UK that is usually required from non EEA students to be eligible for ESFA funding. If this guidance applies to you, you will be required to pay £4000 per academic year to cover the cost of your education. Further details of the Education Skills Funding Agency guidance can be found here. If you are unsure of any of the information provided please contact admissions 01473 556627 or

Application Guidance Information

This booklet will help to give you an overview of the application process at One and answer some of the questions you might have about applying to study with us.

Our next open event for September 2022 applicants takes place on Tuesday 8 February 2022. Applications are now open and we would recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. We will then invite you in for your college interview. Your college interview is a great chance to learn more about studying at One. 

If you would like to contact the admissions team please email us: or give us a call on 01473 556627.

Choosing the right course

The right decision

This is your most important decision. We have a very wide range of courses in many different subjects. Getting on the right course is the key first step to a successful future, and we place great emphasis on pre-course guidance. Virtually every course is delivered without additional costs to you.

As you think about your course, consider:

  • the subjects you enjoy
  • the subjects you are good at
  • the subjects you might need for a future career

Guide to qualifications

We offer an extensive range of courses that will ensure you get the most out of your college experience. Each course offers the highest quality of teaching and the support you need to ensure you meet your full potential.

Guide to qualifications

To find out more about BTEC course structure please click here

Advanced Level (A Level) Courses

Advanced Level Courses are generally aimed at preparing you for higher education.

BTEC Nationals


BTEC National Diplomas are 2-year Level 3 courses made up of 18 units (6 core units and 12 specialist units) related to your chosen industry.

It is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and at the end you should achieve a triple grade e.g. PPP, MMP or DDD, which attracts UCAS points for university, just like A levels.

A BTEC National Diploma is the equivalent to achieving 3 A levels. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to achieving 1 A level.


A lot of students will go on to university after studying a BTEC National Diploma to study a BTEC Higher National qualification or a full degree course. Others go straight into work. A BTEC National will give you the relevant knowledge and skills to enter your chosen industry.

BTEC First Diplomas


BTEC First Diplomas are 1-year Level 2 courses made up of 6 units, related to your chosen industry. At the end you should achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction. A BTEC First Diploma is the equivalent to achieving 4 GCSEs at grade C.


The BTEC First Diploma is a great stepping stone onto the BTEC National Diploma and most of our students will go on to study at this higher level at Suffolk One. Others might continue learning in the workplace or gaining employment-based training.

Entry Level

Entry Level is the right course if you need extra support to gain the skills you need to move on to a Level 1 course at college or to prepare you for work.

To join the Entry Level course you do not need any formal qualifications but we do expect you to want to work hard at college and achieve your targets. The course can last 1 or 2 years depending on your ability.

Entry Requirements

The following is a guide to the entry requirements for courses at One; we will naturally want to discuss your GCSE grades with you and will ensure that wherever appropriate you will study the programme of your choice.

AS/A Levels

At least 6 9- 4 grades at GCSE, including GCSE English Language (grade 4), and meeting the entry criteria of individual subjects (Level 2 vocational qualifications at Merit or Distinction will be treated as equivalent to one GCSE). At enrolment we will agree with you whether a 4 or 3 A Level programme is most appropriate for you to ensure you achieve your very best

BTEC National Diploma Level 3.

At least 5 9-4 grades at GCSE, including GCSE English. A Level 2 vocational qualification will be regarded as the equivalent of one of the 5 required 9-4 GCSE grades.

Level 2 Qualifications

At least 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including 3 in Maths or English Language. 


You will also need to meet the specific subject criteria or each course as outlined in each course profile.

Prospective Student Interviews

What to expect from your college 'interview'

We know hearing the word 'interview' can be quite daunting, but don't worry, it's really not as scary as it might sound.


Chloe riches student interview

Don't panic! Although your interview is an important part of the application process we don't want you to worry. The interview won't be as scary as you think and it will be over before you know it.

We know that applying for a college or sixth form is a serious decision, but we want you to be excited, not nervous. We invite you for an interview so that we can get to know you on an individual level and provide you with advice and guidance on choosing the college and courses that are right for you. We can even help with the potential career paths your course could lead to.

When coming in for your interview the most important thing to remember is to just be yourself. We're not going to ask you any tricky interview questions and we're certainly not here to catch you out – we want to give you tailored advice to help you make an informed decision about college.

To help put your mind at rest, we've put together a run-through of what to expect at your interview.

What to expect at your interview:

Here is an idea of some of the questions your interviewer might ask:

• Why would you like to study this course/programme?
• What are your hobbies or interests?
• What are your likes/dislikes in regards to learning?
• Do you know what you might like to do as a future career?
• Are there any personal difficulties that may affect your studies?

Your interviewer will talk to you about:

• Entry requirements for your chosen courses
• Course information about your chosen subjects (topics, assessments, and if there is any work experience)
• The college code of conduct (our expectations on behaviour and attendance)
• How we can support you at One (Student Services)
• Enrichment activities

Interview FAQs

How long will my interview take?

Your interview at One will usually last around 20 minutes.

Is there a dress code?

We don't have a dress code for interviews, we would recommend wearing something you feel comfortable in. Because our interviews take place after school, many prospective students will come along in their uniform, whilst others will come in their everyday clothes.

Can my parents/guardian attend with me?

This is entirely up to you. If you would prefer to have someone come in for your interview with you, then you're welcome to do so. We'll also have waiting areas available.

Who is my interview with?

Your interview will take place with the most relevant staff member based on your course choices. You'll only need to come in for one interview, this will cover all your subjects, and we're sure you'll come out pleased with your course choices!

Is there parking?

Our carpark and bus park will be open for those attending interviews. Please bear in mind that it can get busy during events such as these.

Where do I go?

Once you've received your interview date, you can login to your application portal and check the time, zone, and who your interviewer is. You'll see on the portal whether your interview is taking place in the Green, Yellow or Orange zone. All interviews will take place on the ground floor, so head into the main atrium and our team will point you in the right direction.

Do I need to bring anything along with me?

Depending on your course choices you may need to bring some materials along with you. Find out if this applies to you. If we require anything else from you then our admissions team will have been in touch.

Will you need to take my photo?

No, don't worry about this just yet. We won't take your photo until our main enrolment day.

What happens after my interview?

After your interview we'll keep in touch about any events that are going on at One. In May, you'll hear from us regarding One Day (our taster day for prospective students). We'll also keep you informed about enrolment. Most importantly, we'll be wishing you good luck for your GCSE exams.

Doesn't sound so bad after all, does it? What's more, your interview is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you have. Our Admissions, Finance, Travel and Careers teams will all also be on hand to help in the main atrium. We hope you'll come away feeling excited about college life.

Still feeling a bit nervous about your interview? Don't worry, that's normal. We're always happy to help whether you email us, message us on Facebook, or give us a ring on 01473 556600, so if the above doesn't answer your questions then get in touch.

Interview Materials

If you have applied for any of the following, please click on the link and bring the requested materials along with you to your interview:

Art and Design Level 2 Diploma

Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice

Photography A-Level

Art, Graphic Communication or Textile Design

Dance A Level - students looking to take A Level Dance need to provide a recording of themselves performing a dance routine to demonstrate their level of technique. The style of dance can be the students choice, the length of the recording should be at least 1 minute and be of a recent performance/participation in a class (less than a year old).

Recordings need to be uploaded to the admissions portal 1 week prior to your interview. Using the Document Upload under the 3 dots on the right of your admissions portal main page.

This is an important part of the admissions process which will support your application and enable staff to make an informed decision about our offer to you. If you have any questions relevant to these subjects, please do not hesitate to contact the named member of staff at the bottom of the letter above, or our Admissions team on 01473 556627 or email

Life at One

Life at One

'We encourage our students to contribute to college life and to enjoy its many opportunities. The college has a happy and purposeful atmosphere, and there is a real sense of partnership between students and staff.'

You will have access to a variety of student groups, societies and associations. Whether you want to meet new people, continue a hobby, learn something new or just get involved in student life, there is something for you. There will be opportunities for you to participate in a variety of activities outside your timetabled lessons encompassing music, drama, sport, gym and fitness, Duke of Edinburgh and much more. In recent years we have offered additional qualifications such as GCSE Astronomy as part of our offer to students.

One Timetable

The College timetable generally spans Monday-Friday, 9.30am-3.45pm. Lunch is from 12.00pm - 1.15pm. Most students will receive around 20 hours of teaching each week. This is supplemented by additional study time when students can work independently either in the college Learning Resource Centre or if they prefer may work from home. If students fall behind in their academic studies they will be advised that they have to attend Supervised Study sessions, these are supportive and aim to get students ‘back on track’.

Student Timetable

We provide students with a timetable at the beginning of the year. It is recommended that you become familiar with this schedule as we feel a parent’s access to timetable information can help students manage their education. You will have electronic access to student timetables and information on attendance.

Part time jobs

Many students have part-time jobs, which provide some income and also encourage independence. However, it is essential that college work comes first. If a student takes on too much, it can affect their academic progress.

Therefore we recommend that students should not undertake paid or voluntary work for more than ten hours per week.


We strongly advise against students taking holidays within term time as this has a negative impact on their attendance and attainment, holidays taken during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. If family holidays are planned in term time, please write to their Personal Progress Tutor in advance. It is important to note that attendance during the Summer Term is crucial for examinations and final assessment.

One Achievement

Next steps after you've applied