Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about studying at The Isle of Wight College

What does the Isle of Wight College offer?

The Isle of Wight College offers one of the widest range of courses to found at any college, to prepare you for work, university, or just for your personal development. If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact us. We are holding lists, if we get enough interest we will endeavour to put on specific courses.

How can I apply to the college?

You can choose a course and apply online, download an application form to complete and return to Admissions or use our contact page to get in touch for more information.

I am unsure which course to go for - is there anyone I can talk to?

Yes! The college has appointed Catherine Jackson, a specialist Careers Adviser and she will be happy to help you - just use the contact form to request an appointment.

Can I receive financial support for my study fees?

If you are ordinarily a resident in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for at least the previous 3 years and are aged 16 and under 19 years of age on 01 September in the year you begin your studies your tuition and qualification fees are free.

Many courses do, however, have additional costs for materials, clothing equipment and visits which students must pay for. There is also a Student Resource Contribution cost of £40.

There are some bursaries for students from low-income families.

Students aged 19+ are responsible for payment of tuition, examination and course expenses although there are a range of exemptions for those in receipt of out of work benefits,

Students may be exempt from tuition fees depending on their previous level of study, qualifications and age.

Many Level 3 courses can be funded via a 19+ Learning Loan, please contact Student Services to check your eligibility.

I live outside the UK, can I still enrol with the college?

Please email our International Department who can help advise you on courses and provide further information for international students.

I would like to go to university, are BTEC Nationals the same as A Levels?

YES THEY ARE! BTEC Nationals carry UCAS points equivalent to 3 A Levels Visit for confirmation.

Where is the Isle of Wight College?

The College is situated in Newport, in the centre of the Island. It is on a good bus route and is only a 10 minute walk to the town centre. Our sister site, CECAMM (Centre of Engineering) is based in Whippingham.

I have a complaint, what should I do?

Please refer to our Complaints Procedure, you can contact us on

If you have special educational and/or disabilities and wish to make a complaint, the Department for Education guide may be of use.

If you have question not listed here, please contact us directly on 01983 526631 or email us on