Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entry requirements?
- Entry into the School is at age 14, after completion of Key Stage 4, OR at age 16 after completion of GCSEs.
- Applicants must fill in the application form and return it to the School by the deadline indicated on the form.
- You can apply after this date, but if your chosen course is full we might not be able to consider your application.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, students cover all the core subjects. They also choose an arts Strand studying for a BTEC First Diploma and two option subjects. Students are grouped into ability sets for some subjects. The size of classes is 20-26 students.
Students are grouped according to their main arts Strand as follows:
- Community Arts Practice
- Film & Media Production
- Interactive Digital Design
- Music (Music & Music Technology route)
- Musical Theatre
- Technical Theatre
- Visual Arts & Design.
Do I live close enough?
We accept students from most of Greater London and some parts of Kent and Surrey. We are allowed to take a small percentage of applicants from outside this area if they show unusual merit. We discourage students from making a very long daily journey to and from school, so give some thought as to how you might get to Selhurst. Selhurst Station is on the Croydon to Victoria train line and the school is close to four bus routes.
If I live out of the catchment area. Will I get in?
Out of area places are very restricted; we can take up to 10% of students outside the catchment area.
Applicants from outside the catchment area need to show unusual merit throughout each stage of the application process.
Can I apply for more than 1 strand?
Applicants can only apply for one strand.
Can I change strand?
The applicant must start the application process again, sending in a letter stating the new strand choice and enclosing a revised section 7 of the application form (questions relating to strand).
What documents will I need when I apply?
KS4 students will need to supply a copy of their Year 8 report, Post 16 students will need a copy of their Year 10 report. At some point during the application process you will be required to supply your passport (to be copied) and a copy of a utility bill which should show the address you were living at the time of application. Please note if you are unable to supply this information it could result in your place being withdrawn.
I live overseas. Can I apply?
We will not accept Key Stage 4 students if their parents intend to remain abroad. Please see p. 37 of the Prospectus for more details for non UK residents.
I have already studied Year 12, can I apply?
Applicants who have already studied at Year12 can apply to us but they will have to re-sit year 12 again.
They cannot be 18 years of age at the start of the course. They should submit a Year11 report alongside their application.
When can we visit?
We only hold two Open Evenings a year:
Post 16 Open Evening:
Key Stage 4 Open Evening:
Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students are welcome to attend either evening but obviously the evening will be aimed at that year group. Due to busy timetables and schedules we are unable to facilitate visits at any other time.
When do I find out if my application has been successful?
Workshops will be held from December to March for both Key Stage 4 and Post 16 applications.
There is a different application closing date for Post 16 Creative Arts Strands to allow time for Portfolios to be developed.
We will endeavour to communicate decisions within 4 weeks. No one will be informed by telephone, email or fax.
I was unsuccessful can I apply for another strand?
Applicants whose application is not successful cannot apply for another strand unless they are specifically recommended by The BRIT School in writing and you are not in the process of appealing a decision made on the strand you originally applied for.
What if I cannot make my meeting/workshop?
We are only able to try and change interview/ audition dates for Public Exams (not mocks) and for hospital appointments. Please supply any supporting documentation of dates you may be unavailable at the point of application.
Do I need to bring anyone to my meeting and if so how many people can I bring?
Due to the high volume of applicants that attend these meetings we ask that you are accompanied only by your parent(s)/carer(s). The parent(s)/carer(s) of Post16 applicants do not have to attend the meeting if they do not wish to. It is mandatory for KS4 applicants to be accompanied by their parent(s)/carer(s) in order for the interview to take place. Parents can only attend the meeting and NOT the workshop.
How is the school year organised?
The year is organised into five terms of approximately eight weeks, divided by two week holidays (four weeks in the summer), although there are a few days off at Easter in most years. This best supports the effective delivery of the curriculum and allows students to return refreshed at the beginning of each term.
What do we expect from students?
Students are expected to sign the Student Agreement before starting, which sets out our expectation to help preserve The BRIT School as an enjoyable, orderly, friendly and creative environment. There is a wide range of opportunities to participate in arts activities, and watch performances, and you are expected to make a full and enthusiastic contribution to the wider life of the School
Do you offer accommodation locally?
We do have a list of local residents who offer rooms to be let, but parents must take responsibility for the accommodation being satisfactory and make sure that the day-to-day support for the student is in place. This applies to Post 16 students only as we will not accept applications for Key Stage 4 if the applicant will need to live independently. Please note The BRIT School do not vet these landlords.
How can I contact you?
If you have a general question about The BRIT School, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.