Admissions Policy

1.Introduction

  • This policy relates to applications to study programmes delivered by the Institute of Technology & Management.
  • This policy is intended to enable the Institute to articulate its admissions practices in a concise and comprehensive manner and for those practices to be transparent.
  • The policy seeks to make clear the Institute’s position in relation to a range of areas. These areas include: fair admissions, equality of opportunity and widening participation, the roles of various Institute departments and staff and the Institute’s commitment to equality and diversity in dealing with applications.

2. Principles

  • The Institute values and seeks diversity in the student community. It endeavours to ensure that all of our applicants and students are given the opportunity to achieve their potential in relevant subjects at appropriate levels. In accordance with this aim, the Institute is committed to recognising the academic and other relevant achievement of each applicant and student.
  • The Institute welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds and strives to be effective in recognising the potential within applicants to succeed in their chosen programme of study.
  • This policy is applied in conjunction with the following other policy documents:

Equality Policy

Race Equality Policy

Disability Statement

The Policy for the Admission of Applicants with a Criminal Record

Health & Safety

Safeguarding

  • Admission to the Institute is based on evidence of academic, professional and personal experience that meet the Institute’s entry requirements for specific programmes. Additionally, evidence of the potential to benefit from the intended programme of study plays an important part of the decision making process.
  • This policy document demonstrates a strategic approach towards Institute admissions, which is supported by practice within the Academic Departments, Student Support Services, Learning Support, Information and Advice & Guidance Services.

3. The aims of the policy

The aims of this policy are to ensure that:

  • All applicants are treated fairly and in accordance with the Institute’s Equality and Race Equality polices and the Disability Statement.
  • All applications are responded to promptly and efficiently.

4. Admissions criteria

  • The admission of any student will be determined by an assessment of the potential of the student to contribute to and benefit from their proposed programme of study.  The Institute minimum entry requirements where appropriate and as specified will be considered as well as the successful completion of maths, English and ICT tests.
  • Individual programmes of study may specify entry requirements that are in addition to the minimum requirement and include subject specific qualifications or experience.
  • The Institute requires that all applicants provide original documents as evidence of qualifications held at the point of Screening.
  • The Institute requires that all applicants provide original photographic evidence of identification.
  • No applicant will be excluded from entry to an Institute programme as a result of discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, nationality, ethnic or national origin, race, religion or creed.
  • Applications from candidates with disabilities or medical conditions will be judged on the basis of the criteria described above, subject to professional practitioner requirements where they apply. The Institute will discuss particular needs with the applicant and parent/guardian and wherever possible seek to meet these; where this is not possible the Institute will seek to find an alternative solution.
  • All applicants will be required to provide a reference from a senior community leader which confirms the applicant’s good character. An applicant must, upon request, provide full details of any criminal convictions. Senior Institute staff and others as appropriate will consider the admission of applicants with criminal convictions. The Institute retains the right to refuse entry to any applicant with a criminal conviction which may jeopardise the security, safety or reputation of the Institute or its community.
  • The Institute will withdraw an application and/or terminate an enrolment where it is found that an applicant/student has provided false information or evidence as part of the admissions process.

5. Implementation

  • The Institute implements this Admissions Policy through devolved authority to the Academic Dean, Heads of Departments, and Tutors within Academic Departments.

6. Communication

  • Communication with applicants occurs at several points during the applications cycle, providing information to support applicants in making appropriate decisions.
  • A centralised Information, Advice & Guidance Team is responsible for the administration of applications and communications with applicants in respect of formal offers in line with approved protocol.

7. Screening and assessment

  • In ordinary circumstances, screening and initial assessment are undertaken prior to applicants receiving offers.  The purpose of this process is to ensure effective selection and placement of the applicant on the appropriate level of programme.

8. Recruitment targets

  • Recruitment targets are set by the Institute for each programme. Technical programmes have a target of 30 students per group and non-technical, 40 students per group in line with NBTE requirements.
  • The Institute reserves the right to cancel programmes of study where under recruitment affects the financial viability of a programme or where national, regional or strategic objectives require.
  • The Institute will use admissions data, student/parent feedback and complaints to monitor the impact of the Admissions Policy on different groups of applicants.  Conversion rates from application to screening, screening to offer and offer to enrolment will be monitored to ensure that identified groups of applicants are not disadvantaged.