Admissions FAQs

Where are you located?

The College is situated in a lovely part of Croydon, south London. We are close to Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Central London by train is under 20 minutes away. Croydon has an excellent network of local transport services and is pretty close to the M25, London’s orbital motorway.

If I have questions, who do I contact?

Please email and someone from our Admissions department will be happy to help you.

What time do I have to get to College?

Lessons start at 9am but students come here when the have their lessons. So if a student has period 1 “free”, then attendance is not compulsory until the next lesson starts. Students are registered electronically.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

There is no uniform at CTC. However we expect student to dress appropriately for College. Students tend to dress modestly.

What are the College term dates?

Term dates can be viewed on our Term Dates page

What are the College’s Fees?

All our fees can be viewed on our fees page

When are fees due?

Fees are due before the beginning of the academic year. Parents/guardians may pay in two instalments in which case the second instalment must be paid before the beginning of the Spring term. There is no VAT liability on fees.

What Scholarships does CTC offer and how do we apply?

We offer a limited numbers of scholarships for students who show outstanding potential in our scholarship process.

Our scholarships may be worth up to 35% of the tuition fees.

Application: A scholarship candidate must write a letter to the Principal (Dr Drew) applying for a scholarship and outlining the reasons why they feel they are scholarship material. They should also indicate in which two subjects they wish to sit scholarships papers. This letter should be no more than one side of A4 in length.

Examination: Potential scholars will be invited to come to CTC to sit examination papers in their two chosen subjects (e.g. Mathematics and Physics). Each scholarship paper will be one hour long and will be challenging.

Interview: As part of the process, each scholarship candidate will be individually interviewed by a senior member of staff on the day of the scholarships examinations for up to fifteen minutes.

Result: The results of the scholarship process will be communicated in writing to the candidate and their family within a week.

What is HomeStay?

The College provides accommodation through its successful “HomeStay” programme.

Our students live with local families who have been carefully selected by the Accommodation Officer. We have a variety of host families available who can offer different diets and facilities. The houses are located in good residential areas, either within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride from college.

Our welfare staff ensures that students are placed with the most suitable families for their needs based on their preferences. Students can choose whether they would like to be the only student in a home or to be placed with other CTC students, and if they would like a home with children or pets. They may alert us to any medical or dietary needs we may need to consider.

All students will be allocated their own fully furnished bedroom. Accommodation is on a half board basis during the week, which means students will be provided with breakfast and an evening meal every day and full board at weekends which includes lunch. The weekly rental includes a daily bath or shower and laundry is also included at least once a week.

What if I wish to change my HomeStay accommodation?

This is perfectly possible. We try very hard and work with our students to ensure their ‘home’ life here is safe, happy, healthy, supportive and friendly. It is quite rare for students to move, but it is possible to do so.

Does the College provide English Language support?

Here at Cambridge Tutors College, we have an excellent EAL department. This is an additional cost as indicated in the fees guide.

Please see our IELTS page for further information.

What courses do you offer?

All our current courses and subjects can be viewed in our Courses section

What is the latest date on which you will accept applications for a course?

Obviously the earlier applicants will have a much better chance of being accepted into CTC. For students not requiring a UK Student Visa, we will accept applications up to the last minute; for students who will require a Visa, then you should allow at least 6 weeks for the processing of the Visa.

The College must submit a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) for you to the UKVI service. Earlier applicants will have a much better chance of being accepted into CTC.

What is the application process for joining CTC?

Students who wish to join the College are invited to complete an application form and to send it, with accompanying documentation, to the College. We will reply, sending an offer of a place, if appropriate, which may be conditional upon satisfactory examination results being obtained. A parent /guardian must then sign and return the acceptance documentation, together with a registration fee and deposit. Upon receipt, we send a letter confirming our offer. Where appropriate, a visa letter is also sent.

Please check the Admission Criteria, Student Visa Regulations and Visa Guidance Notes before applying if you are an International Student.

Please also note that CTC is a UKBA Highly Trusted Sponsor for both general student and child student visas.

If you require assistance or have any questions regarding your application, please complete the on-line registration form. A member of our Admissions Team will then contact you shortly.