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Carfax does not operate a selective admissions policy. Pupils of all levels are welcome to benefit from the very personal tuition and pastoral care. The college is equally suited to high-flyers and to those who have struggled academically. The levels of individual attention can also be of particular help to pupils with special educational needs.

There is no formal age restriction here. Most pupils taking GCSE courses are 14 to 16 years old, and most pupils taking A level courses are 16 to 19 years old, but there are courses which are suitable for both younger and older pupils.

Group courses begin in September and January. Pupils on individual courses are encouraged to follow the normal pattern of the school year, but there is a great deal of flexibility in this and in principle they can join at any time during the year. Short-term and part-time courses are also offered all year round, including weekends and holidays.

Next steps

If you are interested in applying to take a course at Carfax, or if you would simply like to find out more, please get in touch. You can submit an enquiry using the contact form here or call 01865 200676 to speak to our friendly admissions team.

An experienced member of staff will be happy to talk through your situation with you, to explore how Carfax should be able to help, and to answer any questions you might have, all in total confidence. You are more than welcome to come in for a face-to-face meeting and look around the premises and facilities.

Should you wish to proceed and make an application, you will be asked to complete a Registration Form and to provide other information which may help to finalize the details of the course, such as reports and results from current or previous schools, as well as certificates or other evidence of qualifications already obtained.

Accommodation, sports, extra-curricular interests, and any other personal requirements will be discussed as part of this process.

Once a course has been agreed upon, an invoice will be issued for the first instalment of the course fees. The course can only begin once this first invoice has been settled.

When new pupils arrive to begin a course, they are immediately welcomed into this small, friendly community. New pupils are given a full induction to help them feel at home at Carfax and in Oxford, as well as to make sure that all their needs are met.

International Pupils

Carfax welcomes pupils from overseas, some of whom will need visas to study in the UK. The college offers comprehensive advice and support in all areas related to student visas, from preparing and submitting an application through to meeting important requirements after arrival in the UK. Carfax College is a UKBA-licensed Tier 4 Sponsor with Highly Trusted Sponsor status. This means that it can sponsor pupils of all ages requiring a visa to take long-term courses of study. Overseas pupils on short-term courses (shorter than six months) may need to obtain Student Visitor visas.

Unusually for an educational institution, Carfax has members of staff professionally qualified to provide immigration advice and services through being registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner and thus can offer understanding of all intricacies of visa application process as well as unprecedented visa turnaround times. In addition, Carfax enjoys good relations with all of the leading London and global immigration law firms and can make appropriate referrals where necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact the admissions team with any questions you might have about student visas.