How to apply for college

So you have made the decision to come to college. Great! Now, how do you apply?

Follow this easy step by step guide with all the details on bagging your place at Edinburgh College.

1 – Browse our website and select the course of your choice.

Only one application per person will be accepted for full-time courses. You can apply for up to 3 part-time courses, but please consider your choices carefully and make sure that you meet the entry requirements before submitting your application.

2 – Start the online application and create an account.

Click the ‘Apply Now’ button on the top right hand side of the course. This will take you to our online application system. If you have not applied online before you will need to register your details. To do this you will be required input your name, date of birth, a valid email address and create a password. It is vital you take the time to enter these details accurately as they will be required to access your application form. Please note any correspondence or offers from the College will be sent to the email address entered on your electronic application.

3 – Write your personal statement and get help if you need it.

Complete your course application with your personal details, qualifications and the all-important personal statement. If you need any advice on your personal statement contact our course information team on . Remember you can save your application and return to finish it at a later date using your log in details. Remember courses can fill quickly so please apply as soon as possible for the best chance of getting onto your chosen course.

4 – Press ‘submit’!

Submit your application. Once you have submitted your application you will receive an acknowledgement by email. This will contain details of the course you applied for, how to monitor the progress of your application and also contact details if you have any questions or queries.

5 – Attend an interview.

For some of our courses, you will be required to attend an interview, an audition, complete an assessment or bring a portfolio of your work before an offer is made. Remember to tell the college if you require any special arrangements to be in place when you attend.

6 – Get your course offer.

If you have been successful at interview or your course does not require an interview you will be given either an unconditional or conditional offer. A conditional offer means you must obtain further qualifications or meet certain criteria before you are accepted. An unconditional offer means that you have been accepted onto the course and are guaranteed a place. If you are not successful in securing a place on the course of your choice you will be considered for any suitable alternative course which is available.

7 – Apply for funding.

Once you have received your course offer you should apply for funding online as soon as possible. Find out more about fees and funding. Some courses have additional costs for kit or uniform which you will be required to be paid once you have accepted a place.

8 – Get the right support.

At this stage you should also let us know about any student support needs you have. If you have indicated your learning support needs on your application form we will be in contact with you. Or if you would like to contact our student support team to discuss your requirements you can contact them on The earlier you contact us the quicker we can make sure support is in place for your first day at college.

9 – Attend a welcome event

During summer you will be invited to a welcome event at the campus you will be studying at. Welcome events take place in August to make sure you are as prepared as possible for your time at college It is important that your attend your welcome event, as it will ensure that you are registered on the correct course and that any questions you have regarding your funding etc. can be answered prior to the start of your course. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR EMAIL INBOX.

10 – Get your timetable.

The final stage is receiving your timetable and start date for your course. Again, keep an eye on your email inbox as these will be sent to you directly via email. You are no ready to arrive at college!


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