Making an application

Applications are assessed internally to establish whether we can meet the needs of the young person.

Invitations are sent out to attend our assessment day. This day takes place once a year, at the start of the spring term.

Once the assessment process is complete, an offer of a place may be made to the applicant’s local education authority, with the assessed level of funding required. Funding decisions will be made by local authorities. Places at Great Oaks College will be confirmed by local authority.

Great Oaks College aims to provide education for students that have severe and complex learning needs and for students whose needs could not be met within a specialist provision at a mainstream college. Applicants should not already hold a qualification at Entry Level 2 in English or Maths when they apply to the Life and Living Pathway or Vocational Options Course, nor should they have completed the accreditation offered within their chosen course. Applicants should not already hold a qualification at Entry Level 3 in English or Maths when they apply to the Vocational Training course. There are occasions on which we are unable to offer a place to a student if our assessment suggests that their behavior may pose a significant risk to the safety of other students in the college.

Please note Great Oaks College does not arrange transport to College. Applications for transport will need to be made separately. We encourage students on the Vocational Pathway to become independent travellers.

We understand that choosing the right college is a very important decision. We highly recommend that you take advantage of our guided tours of our college and our facilities.

We also hold annual prospective student information evenings in which you have the opportunity to hear what the college has to offer, to talk to the staff team and to ask any questions you may have. There is also the opportunity to complete admissions paperwork with our team should you wish to.

Our next prospective students evening will be held on ………………………………

We accept admissions from the beginning of April and close applications within December (see application form to confirm the application deadline)


Admission documents

2022-23 Health Infomation Form

Free meals application form Sept 22

GOC Admissions Form 22-23

GOC College Learner Family agreement September 20201

Learner Enrollment Form 2022-2023

Medication consent for Great Oaks

If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact our Transitions Coordinator, Balwinder Sandu:


Month Process
July/September Send Prospectus to local schools and 6th forms
From April to December Students and families Visit the Great Oaks
DecemberApplication closing date
December Pre Assessment Panel
First week back in Jan Interview and Assessment week Students come into college for an assessment day
First week of February Placement Panel
Offer a place and LA send confirmation of funding
Parents to complete new student paperwork in College
Medical care plans to be created / updated
Support staff to spend time with new students
June/July Transition preparation, opportunity for parents and students to meet their support staff online and Transition Day