FAQs

FAQs

These are the most frequently asked questions or FAQs about our college. For Coronaivrus Applicant Updates, please click here

What courses are available?

We have a wide range of courses available ranging from A-Level to T-Level, BTEC/CTEC Level 3 to Level 2 qualifications. For more information, please click here.

How do I apply?

The application process is done online. It’s a really easy process and should take around 30 minutes to complete. You will be taken through different screens to input all your personal details, course choices and predicted grades. To complete an application, please click here.  

How many A-Levels can I study?

You can choose to study three or four A-Levels at Notre Dame. If you want to study four A-Levels, we recommend you to have a very strong GCSE profile – this will be discussed at your college interview and enrolment.

Can I study a BTEC/CTEC with an A-Level?

Yes! Notre Dame will allow you to mix and match BTECs with A-Levels in order to give you the maximum amount of flexibility and future career options.

What is the Notre Dame Pathway?

The Notre Dame Pathway is designed to help students boost their GCSE profile after year 11 by studying level 2 BTEC/ CTEC qualifications and retaking GCSE Maths and/or English if required. Students on the pathway become level 2 students for one year before progressing to a level 3 study programme at Notre Dame. To take a BTEC/CTEC level 2 qualification, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent qualifications including at least a grade 3 in GCSE English Language and/or GCSE Maths. Students who haven’t already achieved a minimum of grade 4 in both GCSE English and Maths will continue to work towards this.

What qualifications do I need?

Entry criteria for A-Levels is five grade 4s at GCSE including GCSE English and Maths, and for BTECs it is four grade 4s including GCSE English and Maths. Many courses also have specific entry requirements and these are detailed on the individual course pages.

What if I don’t meet the entry criteria?

Each case will be treated individually. We will look at your grades on GCSE Results Day to see if we can come up with an alternative plan for you.

What is PTE?

The PTE programme aims to encourage the formation of the whole person and seeks to be inclusive, challenging and affirming to all, irrespective of faith or perspectives. Through reflections and discussions, we foster a community based on respect and trust where everyone feels valued.

In this class, you will discuss the wider issues in life. They look at the big questions, spiritual development and how they relate to their internal and external worlds. There are no exams, no homework and no coursework in this lesson. You will also have the opportunity to gain the Stella Maris Leadership Award.

Do I have to be Catholic to study at Notre Dame?

No! Although Notre Dame is a Catholic College, we have a broad range of students from all different backgrounds and faiths.

Can I attend Notre Dame as a mature student?

We are a Sixth Form College, which means our A-Level and BTEC Level 3 courses only cater for 16-19-year-olds.

What is the campus like?

The best way to find out what the campus is like is to visit! Our brand new Open Event dates for 2019/20 are now available to view on our website. If you have missed one of our open days, you can arrange a personal tour by emailing tours@notredamecoll.ac.uk.  

After Applying


How do I know whether you have received my application?

If you have applied through our website, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application. If you have not received this email, please email admissions@notredamecoll.ac.uk

When will I receive an offer?

Once you have submitted your application, you will be invited to attend an interview at the College. This is where we will go through your application and take a look at the courses you have picked to study. You will also be required to bring a copy of your latest school report. If you are successful we will tell you at the interview whether we can offer you a conditional place.

I need to make changes to my application!

You cannot make changes to your application once it is submitted. If you want to make any changes in particular or you entered any incorrect information, you will be able to change this when you come to your interview or email admissions@notredamecoll.ac.uk

I’ve changed my mind about the courses I want to study!

Don’t worry – nothing is set in stone until you come and enrol with us in August. As long as you are meeting the entry criteria, we can change your courses at your interview and right up until your enrolment appointment.

Does Notre Dame have a College bus? I’m not sure how to get there.

We don’t have a college bus but Notre Dame is situated a 20 minute walk from Leeds Bus Station and the train station is a 15-minute walk away. There are a variety of cycle routes into the city and there is provision to store your bicycle securely within college grounds. Click here to view our sustainable travel page.

After Offer


I have an offer, what do I do now?

Congratulations! You don’t need to do anything until your enrolment appointment in August. All you need to do is concentrate on your exams and look out for your NotreFest invitation which will take place on the 3rd or 6th July.

What do I have to do at enrolment?

We will need to see a copy of your GCSE results so you will need to bring these with you to your enrolment appointment. We will also confirm your course choices and sign you up as a Notre Dame student.

When will my timetable be available?

Once you arrive in September, you will then be given a timetable of your studies.

What if I fail my Maths or English?

The government requires you to have a 4 or a 5 in your Maths and English. If you achieve lower than this, you will be required to resit these alongside your programme of study on the Notre Dame Pathway. 

Will I have a form group?

You will have a tutor group with a Personal Achievement Tutor, who will support you in all aspects of college life; from guidance in your studies; help with your study skills; advice regarding possible career progression and application to Higher Education. Through regular one-to-one reviews of your progress, individual target setting and action planning your Personal Achievement Tutor will work with you to ensure that you reach your full potential.

How long is the College day?

Notre Dame is a full-time college, lessons start at 9am and finish at 4pm. However, you will have study periods scattered throughout your day allowing you to catch up on work or meet up with friends.

What can I do in my free time?

There is a wide variety of enrichment activities available to help you fill your college week. We have the library and IT suite where you can go to study or work on class assignments. The College has hot and cold food outlets, including Costa Coffee facilities as well as social spaces and some outdoor spaces for you to enjoy.

Is there a Careers team?

Yes. We have a dedicated careers team and careers area in college, stocked with information on universities and courses, apprenticeships, gap years and careers.