Applying for a Course

“The Villiers Park course gave me a head start at the beginning of university as I had learnt much of the background that other students hadn’t.”

Fiona, 2:1 in German and Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

To apply for a course you usually need to be studying the subject at A-level and considering taking it at degree level. You will be aiming for an A/A* grade.

Once you have secured permission for your student(s) to attend a course, please download the application form and ensure it is fully completed and that it’s signed by you.

If you are a student, please speak with your teacher or school liaison before you download the application form and ensure it is fully completed and your teacher/school liaison has signed it.

You can then return it to us taking care to be within the application deadline.

If you have any questions, please call us on 01223 872601 or email

Inspiring Excellence Application Form 2018-2019

Our courses are usually oversubscribed so we cannot guarantee you a place. We are committed to fair access and a number of places on each course are set aside for students who will be the first generation in their family going onto university.

The participant’s contribution is £325 per course which includes accommodation, meals, tuition and any trips or visits. This represents a third of the cost with our charity subsidising the remaining two-thirds. Students at fee paying schools will need to pay the full cost of £739. If your application for a course is successful we will invoice your school.

Are you worried about paying for the course?

If you were in receipt of free school meals or your family income is less than £33,000 per annum you may be able to apply for a bursary. When submitting your application form it must be accompanied by a letter from your school/college confirming your family’s financial situation and requesting a bursary.