Unlike applying to several university courses via UCAS, applications to college must be submitted to each college individually. Generally though, college applications follow a similar format.
There is no set deadline for college applications. Instead, places are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Although reserve places may become available, generally once a course is full for that year, colleges will not accept further applications.
Most colleges start accepting applications in January for courses that will start in August of that year. Given the competition for college places, it is therefore important that applications are submitted as soon as possible.
Note: Unlike with UCAS, there is no limit to the number of college applications that an applicant can make.
Application forms are available through each college website.
Applicants will be required to complete their personal details, select their course choice(s), and write a short 'personal statement' explaining why they have applied to that course at that college.
They will also require a reference from a teacher or other referee. As with UCAS References, this is an opportunity for referees to comment on the applicant's suitability for college study and to flag up any relevant issues or circumstances.
Advice for Pupils:
FOCUS Point offers detailed advice for pupils applying to college:
- Researching Course Options
- How to Apply to College
- Your College Personal Statement
- College Interviews