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Is there a deadline for applications?

There is no official deadline – courses close as they become full.  We recommend that you submit applications as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  If you wish to submit an application later you should look at the course pages on our website regularly to check that the course is still open.

Is there any charge for applying?

Applications should be made using our online form which is free of charge. Paper application forms are available upon request.

Can I study part-time?

Mode of study information for each course can be found on course information.  SLC funded local students are not be permitted to study part-time. Self-funded local students on one or more academic year courses who wish to study part time can visit the College for a discussion with the admission team.  Students on short course are given the flexibility to study full time or part time or even use the distance learning option

Can I apply for more than one course?

International and self-funded local (UK/EU) students may apply for up to 2 choices, in order of preference.  If you are made an offer for a course, your application will not be passed to a subsequent choice.  Later preferences will only be considered if you are unsuccessful with your first choice or decline an earlier choice.

When do courses start?

All courses start in our September, January and May intake periods. Short courses delivered can be started at any time.

Do I have to submit an academic reference?

It is not mandatory to provide academic referees in support of your application. However if you have a reference letter that you want to add to your application documents you are welcome to do so.

I have an overseas degree qualification. How do I know the UK equivalent?

Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will assess your qualifications and advise you to apply to UK NARIC for the UK equivalence of your qualification.

Can I submit certified copies of my certificates?

No.  Original documents are required in line with our regulatory bodies. However, in case of overseas applicants, we may consider the certified copies during application process but we must require the original certificates at the time of enrolment.

Are my qualifications suitable?

If you are unsure if your qualifications are suitable (for example if you have a degree in Mathematics and want to apply for Business), you should contact the admission team for further career advice and guidance.

Is my work experience suitable?

This question will be clarified by the course leader of your chosen programme. Contact the College directly and you will be given the opportunity for further discussion.

Can I apply for a Distance Learning course?

Our short courses can be offered via distance learning depending on individual circumstances. All other courses are offered with face-to-face teaching.

I have a disability. Who can I discuss this with?

The School welcomes applications from students with disabilities and offers assistance to accommodate needs that may arise.  If you have a disability, including long term health conditions and dyslexia, our Student Welfare Officer will be able to give you confidential advice.

Will I be interviewed?

Yes, offer of admission is subject to a successful interview via Skype or in person.

What would be the reason for refusing an application?

Due to the high volume of applications received, the College is unable to provide individual feedback on why an application is unsuccessful. A brief outline is provided in the decision letter. However, there are generic reasons why applications are unsuccessful. These include, inadequacy of supporting documents, not meeting the English language requirement, not following instructions, inadequate places on chosen course etc.

How do you judge College applications?

In judging  applications, we  carefully  ascertain if you meet the entry requirement by examining your work experience, English language scores,  your academic qualifications and your personal statement indicating why you wish to do the course. Entry is very competitive and we find that almost all students have at least one year of relevant work experience in the field they are interested in. Further details are available in the admission information and entry requirements for qualifications

What should I write in my personal statement?

The purpose of your personal statement is to give the admissions team some insight into why you wish to follow a particular course of study and how this course will further your career objectives or plans. It is not useful to repeat information from the Prospectus; we prefer to hear your views on:

why you wish to study a particular course.
how your previous training and work experience (where applicable) have prepared you for this course. If you have professional experience in the field, please outline this, highlighting aspects of your work which raised questions, or which indicated the need for further study.
how the course will help you to take forward your career.
also outline what you plan to do after completion of the course.
Try not to write more than 500 words.

How much time does the full-time course take?

The Full-time Course means you will be expected to attend for up to two full days per week over the duration of the course. The exact days depend on the course chosen. The courses are intensive and involve a lot of private independent study as well.

What are the normal study hours?

Teaching times are usually 9.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 6.00pm for full teaching days. There are usually some periods of private study each week. There may also be College wide seminars and workshops, which students are encouraged to attend. Most students will find that they need to complete their reading in their own time outside College hours.

Is there a reading list for the course?

General reading lists are sent out with the Registration/Enrolment Pack and are distributed during induction. Students are advised not to spend large sums of money purchasing books on the reading list, but to find those that interest them in academic libraries. The general reading list books are mostly for background reading.

What is an unconditional offer?

An unconditional offer means that you have met all the conditions of your offer.  When we have received all the original documents listed as conditions in your offer letter, such as English language test results or original evidence of funding, your offer will be noted as unconditional.


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