Application Stage and Procedure:
Prospective students who are interested in studying with SIRM can submit the enquiry or the pre-admissions support form to get more information about the courses that are provided. Their requests will be addressed by the admissions officers/advisors and will be provided with all relevant information, advice and guidance necessary for selecting the eligible course of their interest. The prospective students are thoroughly briefed about the entry requirements for the course and evidence to be submitted to establish their eligibility of meeting entry requirements. Prospective students may benefit from the no-obligation advice and guidance sessions available as part of the pre-admission process.
The prospective students are required to apply either online through the School website or make a paper application by submitting all the required documents as per the eligibility criteria set forth by the awarding/partnering organisation for the respective courses and also with any additional information/evidence sought by the School.
The eligibility criteria may differ for different countries when compared to the UK’s National Regulatory Frameworks (eg. FHEQ, QCF and RQF) levels. The comparison of the qualification level is made as per UKNARIC recommendations. Student’s documents are cross verified with originals and copies are filed in their respective files
The students can apply for the course along with the following documents prior to admission:
(a) Passport size photographs (recent)
(b) Proof of ID and Nationality [Copy of Passport/Nationality Identity Card/full UK Driving licence)
(c) Qualification documents (Authorised English translation required if the certificate(s) and the transcript(s) are in the prospective student’s native languages
(d) Work experience letter or reference from the employer or self-employment proof if applying as a mature student
(e) English language ability evidenced by a Secured English Language Test (SELT) / approved language testing certification
(f) Proof of address and residency in the UK
(g) A statement explaining the reason for wishing to study the selected course (Statement of Purpose)
(h) Up to date CV
UK/EU prospective students must prove their English language proficiency after the submission of all relevant documents as mentioned above. Scoring 50% in each component of the test applied in English and maths is essential. The English tests and interview are aimed to ensure that the students offered an admission meet appropriate levels of competency for the courses they are applying for.
Irrespective of the material submitted and by taking part in the assessment test, all students are required to appear for an interview. Prospective students’ eligibility, intentions to pursue the course, engagement in workplace activity, suitability etc. is assessed during the interview.
The prospective students’ certificates are verified by the interviewing officer and copies are obtained for documentation. The educational documents are cross verified with UKNARIC and/or reference checks are made as necessary. In case where a student has been considered on the basis of a varied profile of achievement in the form of work experience/skills, they are required to demonstrate the same with a supporting letter from their employer. The information provided is later verified with the employer.
Students who fulfil the eligibility criteria will be issued with a conditional offer of a place on the course; and after the payment of their course fees, will be offered an unconditional place that leads to the enrolment on the selected course.
The tuition fees can be payable by Bank Draft or the payment may be made to SIRM’s bank account (details are provided in the offer letter). If the students are supported financially by any public funding bodies or any other sponsorships, confirmation from the relevant body is required for the unconditional offer and enrolment to be completed.
Prospective students can also seek assistance from SIRM authorised student recruitment representatives for the submission of their applications to the School. The School’s Registrar works closely with these representatives, ensuring that they are able to provide valid information on programmes, including the application procedure and admission deadlines. Students can contact the School’s marketing/admin team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 020 7078 7029, to confirm whether a representative is authorised by the School or not.
Procedures for the applicants who are returning to education
SIRM encourages individuals from a wide range of experiences to apply to study at the School. The applications from all applicants are considered against the standard entry criteria of the course that they are interested in. They are also required to provide evidence of their working experience that can be used as alternative proof of meeting the entry requirements for the course. This approach meets the Accreditation of Prior Learning or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) principles.
Post admissions procedures:
All selected prospective students are required to attend an induction programme, for which the student attendance is mandatory, and all the individuals are notified of the programme well in advance. During the induction, the students will be provided with the student handbook, which they can use as a guide while they are studying.
The prospective student’s queries can be addressed during the induction, and useful information will be provided then. The prospective students are required to complete enrolment information which will be collected and processed by the administration department.
The enrolment forms, the student files and all relevant documents will be scrutinised further and once it is established that the file is complete by meeting all the conditions in the conditional offer letter, the students will be issued with identity cards and are enrolled for the course sessions.
The timetables for the respective scheduled classes will be confirmed and course details discussed with course team staff during the induction. Students attending their course may be expected to attend additional workshops to support the different stages of their course, in addition to their main course of study, and this will be clearly indicated.
Admissions to SIRM are managed by the Registrar Office to ensure consistency of practice, knowledge and experience.
The Admissions Policy and Procedure is available on the website and is reviewed formally annually and more regularly when new regulatory requirements are published. The Policy gives a comprehensive description of SIRM’s approach to equality and diversity throughout the admission process and sets out the roles and responsibilities within the service and academic departments.
All staff involved in the administration of admissions and those involved in selecting and interviewing applicants, undertake regular training to ensure continued professional competence is maintained. Training includes attendance at compulsory School sessions, e.g. Equality and Diversity, Disability Awareness, Health & Safety and Regulation & Governance. All admissions and academic staff involved in admissions work are required to complete SIRM’s compulsory sessions on an annual basis.