How to apply
Step by step guide
Step 1 – Choose your course
You can browse our courses by subject area and look at the course page. You’ll find information there about what the course involves when the start date is, and what the entry requirements are – if you want to know more about the qualification framework see our guide?
You could also come along to an open day. See your local centre information for further information on upcoming events.
Step 2 – Apply online
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 want to apply for a Further Education course – that’s anything up to and including SCQF level 6 – you should apply directly from the course page. Just click on the APPLY NOW button then follow the onscreen instructions.
If you want to apply for a Higher Education course – that’s anything at SCQF Level 7 or above, and includes HNCs and HNDs, - you have two options:
- If you are applying for a full-time degree course, or you are also applying to other institutions you must apply through the University and College Admission system (UCAS), using UHI code H49. UCAS website
- Otherwise, you can apply directly to us by clicking on the apply link from the course page of the course you are interested in and follow the onscreen instructions. You can watch our step by step video…..
Remember, if you need help at any point you can call or visit your local learning centre and speak to one of our friendly centre staff.
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 our communication will be by email. You’ll soon receive a date and time for you to attend an interview.
Step 3 – Interview
In most cases, you’ll be invited to come for an interview. This lets us get to know you better, and also gives you an opportunity to ask us questions. Remember to check the exact time and place of your interview.
Step 4 – Offer
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.
Step 5 – Accepting your offer
You should accept our offer as soon as you can regardless of whether it’s unconditional or not. If we’ve made you a conditional offer, you need to get in touch with us once you’ve met the conditions, e.g. when you’ve received your exam results. We’ll then send you an unconditional offer.
You will only be able to apply for a bursary and enrol online once you have accepted your unconditional offer in writing. Bursary funds for FE courses 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.
You should apply for SAAS funding as soon as you’ve applied for your course – you DON’T need to wait to receive an offer.
Details about course induction days will be sent to you shortly before your course starts.