How and When to Apply

Which is the right course for me?

To help you to decide it might be useful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my long term career goals?
  • What are my interests?
  • What subjects do I enjoy?
  • What GCSE grades am I likely to achieve?

Discuss your options with your friends, parents/guardians, careers teachers and Inspira advisor. Make the most of attending open evenings and careers events.

If you are undecided, you can apply to both campuses.

As part of your application form, we’d like to know about your career plans and future ambitions. What are you passionate about?

It’s a good idea to chat to your parents/guardians, teachers or Inspira advisor and prepare a short paragraph to submit with your application form.

When to apply

Channelside Campus Rating Lane Campus
Online applications open
Open Evening
Ideally, applications should be submitted by the end of November to ensure your choice of course.
Online applications open
Open Evening
You will be invited for an interview and an initial assessment in Maths, English and ICT. Some areas will also require you to attend a skills and aptitude test.
November – April
You will have an interview for Sixth Form in the autumn or spring term, these are usually at school. You will then have a second interview during the enrolment period in September to ensure the programme you have chosen is right for you.
Initial deadline for applications (However it’s never too late to apply.)
We look forward to welcoming you to Furness College, whether you choose to study professional/technical qualifications at Channelside or an academic programme at our Sixth Form.


If successful in your first choice of course you will be notified by letter.

If not, you will be invited back to find an alternative. Our Student Services team offers.

Impartial advice and can help you choose the course that is right for you.

T: 01229 825017

E: info@furness.ac.uk


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Contact Us Tel: 01229 825 017 (Channelside Campus)
Tel: 01229 828 377 (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Email: info@furness.ac.uk
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