How to apply for higher education and university-level courses

Our higher education (HE) courses are open for applications.

You can apply for our higher education courses up until their start date. We recommend that you apply as soon as you can, as we have a limed number of places available.

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What university-level, higher education courses are available?

Higher education courses available at City of Bristol College include:

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How to apply for a full-time, higher education course

September – January | On-time applications are open

UCAS applications open for full-time courses starting the following year.

During this time, you can submit an application via UCAS. This year’s UCAS deadline was January 15 2020.

If you apply using this method, you’ll receive offers by March. You’ll need to decide on your first and second choice offers by June.

If you’ve missed this time, don’t worry. Later applications can still be made providing there are places left on the course.

February – June | UCAS Extra is still open for applications

From February, UCAS Extra starts which means if you have used all your five choices on UCAS and you don’t have any offers, you can add more choices through UCAS Extra until June.

During this time, you can apply for student funding. You don’t need to wait until you have accepted a specific place to do this.

July | Clearing opens for applications

UCAS Extra closes and Clearing opens. Full and part-time applications continue throughout the summer.

August | You’ll receive confirmation, if you haven’t already

If you’re waiting on your calculated grades to be confirmed, this will happen in August. You can check UCAS Track for confirmation of your place. We will also confirm your place with you.

Applicants who already have qualifications, such as mature students, may receive their confirmation before this.

How to apply for a part-time, higher education course

If you wish to study part-time, you can apply directly to the College. You’ll need to enquire through the course webpage. We will then send you additional details, including an application form.

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What happens after I’ve applied?

Due to college centres currently being closed, you’ll be made an offer based on:

  • an interview (this is likely to be a telephone interview)
  • email contact
  • a small assignment (for certain courses).

Some courses will offer face-to-face interviews when college centres re-open.

To prevent disappointment, if you have been offered a place through UCAS, you need to accept it as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions about HE applications

Is higher education right for me?

City of Bristol College offers a range of courses for people aged 19+.

Our HE courses are higher-level courses for people who are qualified at Level 3.

We are open to applications from:

  • college and sixth-form students
  • mature students who are already qualified and/or are experts in their field.

You can find out more about specific entry requirements on our course webpages.

When can I join my course, if I apply today?

All our full-time, university-level courses start in September.

However, you can join some of our courses at different points throughout the year. Please check the course webpage you’re interested in, for more details.

How can I fund my university-level course?

You can find more information about fees, finances and financial support on our support for HE students webpage.

We’re here to help you with your application

Have a question? Need help with your application? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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