London Programme Application and Selection

Applicants have to apply for the training course in writing using the application form which can only be downloaded from this page (see below). Applicants should be aware that, due to prevailing market forces and the limited number of places available on the course, those who are fluent in a language other than English are more likely to be offered a place on the course.

To apply

Applications for 2017-19 are now CLOSED.

Prospectus which includes information about course fees and important dates, and the Application Form. Please note, late applications cannot be accepted.

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Pre-entry test

All applicants will be asked to sit a pre-entry general knowledge test on Tuesday 31st January 2017 in the evening at a Central London location. Shortly after the pre-entry test, selected candidates will be informed in writing and asked to attend an interview..


Interviews will take place in central London during the period of 20th February to 3rd March 2017 during the day. Offers of a place on the course will be posted by Friday 10th March 2017.

At interview, candidates will need to demonstrate an outgoing personality, smart appearance, good general knowledge, a genuine interest and concern for people, and the motivation to work as an independent professional. In addition candidates will be asked questions on their organisational skills, flexibility, teamwork and reliability, and will be asked to give a short presentation in English without notes on a topic notified in advance.

Acceptance of a place for 2017-2019 course

Successful candidates’ acceptance letters (together with 50% of the fee) should be received by the course administrator by Friday 7th April 2017.

Induction Weekend

The induction weekend for 2017-19 students will take place in central London on 13th-14th May 2017.