Applications 2024: Ballot and Appeals Process

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2024. The College has received a record number of applications this year, meaning that remaining spaces available for entry in 2024 were subject to a ballot. 

All Applicants who were subject to a ballot have already been informed via e-mail. 

A computer generated (and independently verified) ballot has randomly allocated the remaining spaces. The College has informed students whether they have been successful. 

Applicants who were unsuccessful in the ballot will be held on our system and should anything change, the College would get in contact.  However, it is unlikely given the volume of oversubscription, that the College will be able to process further applications.  Therefore, all unsuccessful applicants are advised to secure a place at an alternative post 16 provider.   


Appeals will only be considered from applicants who submitted by the deadline of midday on 15th January 2024.  Appeals must be submitted to the Principal, in writing to, no later than midday on 21st February 2024 and must include written confirmation that Godalming College is the applicant's preferred option for post 16 study and will be the only place held. 

The College will give serious consideration to appeals on the following grounds: 

  • Where one sibling (living in the same household) has been successful, and the other has been unsuccessful 
  • Where exceptional and current personal or medical circumstances are having a direct impact on the Applicant and here a strong case can be made for the Applicants’ welfare and educational progress best being served by the offer of a place at the College.  Please note the circumstances must be sufficiently serious to justify advancing an individual applicant over those not offered a place 

Further supporting documentary evidence will be required to reach an appropriate judgement.  In particular, where an appeal is based on personal or medical circumstances, a supporting letter from the school and/or medical practitioner will be required. 

The following circumstances do not qualify as grounds for appeal: 

  • Lack of access to or availability of a particular course at other institutions 
  • A situation where a friend of an unsuccessful applicant has been offered a place 
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities which do not qualify for an Education Health Care Plan 
  • High levels of academic achievement 
  • Lack of awareness of the deadline changing/not being aware of the College Admissions Policy/dissatisfaction with being subject to a ballot 

The decision of the Appeal Panel is final. 

Submitted Applications

Once you have submitted your application we will send you a confirmation email. You will be able to access your application again using your account login details that you set up when you applied.  You will not be able to change the details within your application but you can send us a message at any time using your account if you would like to do so. You can use this system to contact us with any enquiries or you can email us at

To find out what happens once you have made your application, click here

Important Dates

15th January 2024 at midday is the deadline for submission of applications (we reserve the right to bring this deadline forward so advise submitting your application as soon as you are ready).

25th March 2024 at 9am is the last opportunity to accept an offer of a place at Godalming College. 

10th May 2024 is the final day for notification of course changes prior to Going to Godalming days

1st July 2024 is Going to Godalming Parents' Information Evening (for parents of students invited to Going to Godalming day)

4th or 5th July 2024 is Going to Godalming Taster Days (students will be invited to attend on one of these dates)

22nd August 2024 is GCSE Results Day

27th August 2024 is when term officially begins and all students should be available to attend College from this date

28th & 29th August 2024 are enrolment days (students are required to attend their appointment in person)

4th September 2024 is Sports teams trials

5th September 2024 is Induction Day (students are required to attend)

9th September 2024 is the first day of teaching for all new students

Entry Requirements

Age: Godalming College is a Sixth Form College for students aged 16-19 only.  The College does not enrol students who are 18 years or older.  For more information contact:

Funding: Godalming College is funded by the Department of Education and therefore is free for our students to attend as long as they are British Citizens or have been settled in the UK for 3 years before their start date. For further information on funding status contact

GCSE results: You must meet the entry requirements for the College and the courses you wish to study. These are based on your GCSE results you receive in August.  You must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 to qualify for a Level 3 Study Programme.  The absence of GCSE English Language will significantly restrict study programme options.  Equivalent qualifications at Level 2 in vocational courses (at MERIT or above) are accepted where they are directly related to the courses which have been applied for. Please also note each course has specific entry requirements that are published on this website in the 'Courses' section. 

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