Course Application Guidelines
We offer a wide range of courses that can be studied full-time, part-time and open-learning. With over 700 courses across 25 different subject areas, you are sure to find a course that’s right for you at Edinburgh College.  

You can view all Edinburgh College courses, then once you are ready to apply you can start an application by clicking ‘Apply Now’ on the course page.  

Have a look at our course application guidelines below for help with submitting your application. If you need help or would like to speak to someone about your application, please contact the Course Information team by phoning 0131 297 8300 or emailing  

Number of Applications  
You can apply for one full-time course and up to three part-time courses.  

Consider your course choices carefully and make sure you meet the entry requirements before submitting your application. If you are not successful in securing a place on the course of your choice, you will be considered for a suitable alternative course which is available.  

Application Deadlines  
Courses will remain open for applications unless the maximum number of applications has been reached or the maximum number of offers have been made. Demand for some courses can be high, so we encourage you to get your application in as soon as you can.
Researching Courses  
We know that deciding which course to study can be a difficult decision. Before making a choice, we recommend you visit our website and read through the information on courses that interest you. On course listings you can get a course overview, information about what you will learn, entry requirements and progression routes.  

Full-time Progressing Students  
If you are looking to continue your studies and progress to the next level, you will need to log in as an existing user to your online application account via the Edinburgh College website. Once you are logged in to the home page please select ‘Progression’ from the navigation menu. From here, you will be able to select the next level of course without having to complete a full application form. 

Where possible, please use the same email address that you used to apply for your first-year course. State that you are a progressing student in your personal statement section of the application. This will make the processing of your application easier. 

We recommend applying for your second-year course as soon as possible. When you submit your application, you will be sent a conditional offer.  

If you cannot log in to your online application account or have forgotten your login in details please contact for help. 

If you need support with making your second-year application, contact your lecturer, Learning Development Tutor (LDT) or speak to the Student Services team.  

Applicants in Care or Care-Experienced  
We guarantee that applicants who are in care or who are care-experienced will be offered an interview on receipt of a completed application. We still recommend your application is submitted early as courses can fill quickly. 

Online Applications  
For most of our courses, you can apply online. Once you have chosen a course you would like to apply for, find the course page on the Edinburgh College website and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button. This will take you to our online application system where you can complete your application. 

If you have not applied online before you will need to register your details to create an account. Creating an account will allow you to access your application, return to it at a later date and check the status of the application. You will need to enter your name, date of birth, a valid email address and create a password. Any communication or offers from the college will be sent to the email address entered on your application. 

When you apply, please take your time to fill out the form as accurately and fully as possible. You don't have to complete the application all at once and can save it and return to it later using your login details. 

All courses require you to complete a personal statement. We recommend that you prepare this in word format in advance and then copy and paste it into your application form. This will allow you to use a spell-checker and avoid the page timing out if it takes more than 20 minutes to enter your statement. Read our personal statement guide for more tips. 

If you require support in completing your course application or wish to request alternative formats (e.g. large print), please email  or call 0131 297 8300 

Acknowledgement of 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 contact details if you have any questions or queries. 

Interviews, Auditions and Portfolios  
For some of our courses, you may be required to attend an interview or audition before an offer is made. For other courses you may need to share a portfolio or complete an assessment. If this is a requirement for you, you will be emailed with more information. 
Remember to tell the college if you need any special arrangements to be in place for you to attend or participate in this.  

Conditional and Unconditional Offers  
If your application has been successful 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 courses and are guaranteed a place. 

Funding and Fees 
Once you receive an offer for a course you should apply online for funding as soon as possible to make sure you have funding in place for when your course starts.  

Some courses have additional costs for kit or uniform which you will need to be paid for once you have accepted a place.  
Visit the Funding and Fees section for more information.  

Changes to Courses  
Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation.  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  
Edinburgh College is committed to the provision of equal opportunities in all aspects of college life. We value diversity and aim to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations and eliminate discrimination, victimisation and harassment in all our activities. We are committed to providing an inclusive ethos and environment, where everyone feels welcome, supported and respected. We welcome and support staff, students and visitors from all backgrounds and circumstances, and with all the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. 

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