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Potential students are given the opportunity to be assessed by our trans-disciplinary team to create a bespoke and personalised study programme which provides them with the support they need to learn and achieve.

The aim of the College is to support its learners to acquire the skills they need to live the life they want and the assessment process and programme is designed to reflect the aspirations of each learner. For more information, please read our Admissions Policy.

Pre-entry assessment

The pre-entry assessment will involve a visit to the college and/or the learner’s current placement as well as reports from the learner’s current school or college, and information from parents and other professionals. If the college can meet the learner’s needs, a detailed programme outline will be produced and this can be used to support an application for funding.

We do not give priority to applications from pupils enrolled at particular schools.


The final decision about placements is made by the learner’s home Local Authority, based on the preference expressed by the family and our assessment. Under the new Children and Families Act 2014 a parent or learner can name a preferred college in an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Our learners are funded by the Education Funding Agency and Local Authorities usually from education budgets with some input from social care and /or health as best meets the young person’s needs. Personal budgets can also be used to contribute to  placement at Ambitious College.

Ambitious College was awarded Section 41 Secretary of State approved status  in 2014 and gained Education Funding Agency (EFA) registration in January 2015. Registration means that we are contracted by the EFA to deliver education and training for learners with high needs  for local authorities that agree placements.

Individual programmes

During the first term, learners will have an opportunity to sample a wide range of curriculum areas to decide which are priorities. During the first few weeks of the programme an even more comprehensive assessment is undertaken and used to develop an individual programme and objectives for each of the curriculum areas.

Open days

You can find information about our open days, so you can visit us here.

Further information

For more information, please read our Ambitious College Admissions Arragements (PDF 170KB) or contact us at:

Tel: 020 8815 5428

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