How to apply and what happens next

Once you have found a course you want to study the next step is to apply, and this can be done in two ways depending on the type of course you are applying for and your circumstances.

If you are currently at secondary school you must apply through the University and College Admission system (UCAS), using UHI code H49, if you are applying for:

  •  a full-time degree course OR
  •   you are also applying to other universities

Otherwise you can apply direct by clicking on the apply link from the course page for the course you are interested in. For most courses you should make your application before 31st May 2019. We will continue to accept applications after this date but some courses may be full.

If you are not currently at secondary school, you can apply to us directly as above, however you must apply through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), using UHI code H49, if you are also applying to other universities.

Postgraduate applicants

If you want to apply for postgraduate study you should visit the course page for the degree you are interested in and click apply.

If you have any questions please call or email information line on 0845 272 3600.

What happens once you’ve applied

Once we’ve received your electronic application we’ll send you an acknowledgement by email so please remember to check your email inbox regularly (or possibly junk folder) as all of the information we’ll send will be by email. You’ll soon receive a date and time for you to attend an interview.

If you are successful at interview, you will be sent either a Conditional or Unconditional offer.

A Conditional offer is given if you are required to pass exams, complete your current course, or meet other criteria before your place can be confirmed. The conditional offer means you have a provisional place on the course. Once you have met the outlined conditions we will send you an ‘unconditional offer’. If you do not meet the conditions, then you may lose your place on the course.

An Unconditional offer means you have a confirmed place on the course.

You will only be able to apply for bursary/ funding and enrol online once you have accepted your unconditional offer in writing. Bursary funds may be limited so you should apply for this before the start of your course. You will be sent details of how to do this with your offer letter.

Details about course induction days will be sent to you shortly before your course starts. If you are an HE student (SCQF Level 7 and above) you should apply for SAAS funding as soon as you apply for your course, you don’t need to wait for an offer of a place from us.

If you think you may require learning support, or have a disability where you may require assistance, please make sure you indicate this on your application, or contact for further assistance.

If you need any help with the application process or have any queries, please email us at or contact staff in your local centre.