How to get into Brighton College at 11 Plus


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February 15th, 2017

How to get into Brighton College at 11 Plus

Are you hoping for your child to win one of the 80 places at Brighton College at 11+? Read on!


Brighton College has a significant intake at 11 Plus, with about 80 students joining at this point.

Please note that the school also has a significant entrance point at 13 Plus. They do not have boarding places available before this point, with only day school places available at 11 Plus and below. Parents wanting their child to board at this age can contact Handcross Park, a local Prep school with boarding that is connected to Brighton College.

Places are awarded on the basis of performance in a series of examinations in English, Maths, Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning. Examinations take place on one day in early January of Year 6 (the school year before admission), when students will be 10 or 11 years old.


Parents must register their children well before the entrance exams in January of Year 6. Contact the school for further information.

For 2016/2017, application fees to Brighton College were £120 for students living in the UK, and £350 for students outside the UK.


No pre-assessment or pre-testing used by Brighton College at 11+. This means that all places are awarded via one set of entrance exams (see below for more information).


Brighton College set entrance exams in Maths, English, VR and NVR at 11+. Contact the school for further information.

Up until the time of writing, the examinations took place in early January. In 2017, they took place on Saturday 14th January.

Although they aren’t exactly the same, parents wishing to give their child extra exam practice papers have two main routes: the practice papers written by the ISEB (purchasable from Galore Park’s website), and the free papers that we provide on our website.

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At the time of writing, Brighton College’s website didn’t state whether they required students to sit an interview. Contact the school for further information.

If they do, at 11+ the interview process is usually quite short. There is often a lot of fear around the interview process, but essentially, the school wants to know if your child is going to be happy and do well there. In the words of one of our top school entrance tutors:

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Brighton College offers both Scholarships at 11 Plus.


Academic scholarships are offered on the basis of performance on the school’s entrance test. Contact the school to find out the value of these. All students sitting the entrance exams are considered on the basis of performance in these exams.

The school offers All-Rounder scholarships based on performance in a combination of art, drama, dance, sport and music. They also offer a Chess Scholarship. Contact the school for further information.


For 2016/2017, application fees to Brighton College were £120 for students living in the UK, and £350 for students outside the UK.

Parents accepting a place at 11 Plus were required to pay a deposit of £1,750 in 2016/2017. Parents of students based overseas were required to pay an extra £6000 deposit.

There was a non-refundable charge of £75 in 2016/2017, payable on entry.

In the Senior School, fees (payable termly) were £5,560 for Year 7 in the year 2016-2016. This came to £16,680 a year.

You may find the following blog post useful:

How to get into Dulwich College at 11+

More about Finnian

Finnian qualified as a teacher in Primary education in 2000, and now works as a tutor with Owl Tutors.

Finnian is our most experienced school entrance tutor. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable English and mathematics teacher, with two decades in the classroom and over a decade tutoring. Finnian previously spent substantial time in the world of business, successfully running his own companies in London and New York, before a desire to teach led him to four years of study to become a primary teacher.


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