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The Application Process


The process for admission to start at BOA from September 2021 will commence with our Open Week in October 2020.

We admit to Year 10 and to Year 12 only as all of our main pathway courses are for a two year duration.

If you intend to submit an application to start at BOA from September 2021 then you are advised to attend at least one of the events during the Open Week.

Admission to BOA is via an aptitude workshop within a specialist pathway. No prior experience is required. Even if you are a beginner, you may have the potential to be very good.

How Do I Apply?

Download an application form from the bottom of this page, fill it out, in full and return it to us before January 31st.  

Please ensure you enclose the relevant reports and attendance breakdown and 2 passport size photographs. 



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When Do I Apply?

All application forms must be with us before January 31st. If you submit after this date, your application will only be considered after all those applications submitted by the deadline. You are therefore strongly advised to meet this deadline.

What Happens Next?

If your application form is successful, you will be invited to a practical workshop / aptitude test and discussion.

Applicants are considered on the basis of aptitude in their chosen pathway and the criteria laid down in the admissions policy (the admissions policy can be viewed below - hard copies can be requested).

Aptitude Workshop and Discussion

Aptitude workshops will take place during the week commencing 22nd February 2021. The discussion will be a chance for you to ask questions and clarify options. Confirmation of places will follow in April.

What is the Academy Catchment Area?

We will recruit most of our students from Birmingham and the surrounding metropolitan boroughs of Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We expect 10% of our intake to come from the wider West Midlands. 

How Can I Find Out More?

Open events are advertised on our website:

Email or call: 0121 359 9300.