How to apply


This guide will help you apply and tell you what happens next.

Remember - if you're struggling to decide what course to study, have questions about what funding you are eligible for or are having issues with the application process then get in touch with your local learning centre team.

Follow our step-by-step process below for help with your application:

Step 1 - Choose Your Course content

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

You can browse our courses by subject area, the indidivual course pages provide information about what the course involves, when it starts, 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 or get in touch with your local centre's team to chat with someone who can help find the right course for you.

Step 2 - Apply Online content

Step 2 - Apply Online

Step 2 - Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course, the next step is to apply - 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 should apply directly from the course page. Just click on the APPLY NOW button then follow the onscreen instructions.

If you'd like to apply for an individual SQA unit/s from a full-time course you can use our part time application form.

Remember, you can always speak to your local centre team for support or advice. 

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. If you do not have the minimum entry requirements, we may ask you to meet with one of the teaching team to discuss your application.

Step 3 - Offer content

Step 3 - Offer

Step 3 - Offer

You will be sent either a Conditional or Unconditional offer. 

  • 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.
Step 4 - Accepting Your Offer content

Step 4 - Accepting Your Offer

Step 4 - Accepting Your Offer

You should accept the 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 receive 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. Apply for this before the start of your course so that your funds are paid in time, details of how to do this will come 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 will be sent to you shortly before your course starts.