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How To Apply

Full-time students applying via UCAS

Applications to all our full-time HND, foundation degree and degree programmes are made online via the UCAS website www.ucas.com/apply

The UCAS website provides full instructions on how to register and complete an application.

If you haven't done so already, then you will need to register for an account. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for multiple choices.

When applying for a course, you will need to use the institution code, campus code and course code as provided on each course page or infosheet.

Deadlines for UCAS applications

Although the UCAS deadline for applications is 15th January 2021, we do accept applications throughout the year, up to the end of August.

However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible in order to secure your offer and to allow time for getting any student finance in place.

Part-time students

Since Part-time study options vary by duration and study mode, you'll need to apply direct to New College via the online application form. A hard copy form is also available on request.

Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA) application form

You can use this form if you:

  • have not already registered/made an application via UCAS
  • only intend to apply and accept a place at the Higher Education Centre, New College Swindon
  • already meets all the entry requirements of the course they wish to accept a place on.

There is no UCAS registration/application fee associated with this form.

Please be aware that using this application form means that you will not be able to apply to any other provider through UCAS.

Download the UCAS Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA) (PDF 156.9KB)

Entry with credit or prior learning/experience

You may have studied elsewhere for all or part of a qualification and wish to progress or complete here at New College.

There are two terms which define these possibilities Accredited Prior Learning, and Accredited Prior Experiential Learning.

Click here to find out more and check your eligibility


Applications are considered on their individual merits. The typical entry requirements listed on our website are stated in terms of A levels, BTECs or Access Diplomas. However, we are happy to accept equivalent, alternative qualifications.

We will also consider applications from individuals with combinations of qualifications or relevant work experience.


On receiving your application we will invite you for an interview. Some courses such as Media Make-Up or Textiles will require you to bring a portfolio of work along to your interview. Others such as Early Years, Health and Social Care or Sports Coaching and Development will require you to undergo a DBS Check.

For help with your application or further information on any of our courses contact our Higher Education team.

Call: 01793 209469 Email: HEAdmissions@swindon.ac.uk

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