Higher Education

Applying for a course


For full-time courses you will need to apply online through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). When you have chosen your course, follow the procedures on-screen and complete and submit your form. For 2016 entry you can submit your application form to UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016; although you can apply after this date, there is the possibility that your chosen course may be full. The cost of applying through UCAS for a 2016 start will be £23 unless you are applying to only one institution (e.g. Bridgwater College) when you will pay a reduced fee of £12.

From the end of February 2016 UCAS Extra is a live system for any applicants who have not been accepted by any of their choices or who have rejected all their offers. UCAS Extra allows you to make additional choices one at a time for courses that still have spaces.

Any eligible applicants not in receipt of an offer, or making their first applications after 30 June 2016 will be sent a Clearing Passport. Lists of courses with vacancies will appear on the UCAS website and in national newspapers and if they are of interest you should contact the university or college direct to ask if they will accept you. It is a good idea to do this yourself because the admissions tutor will want to speak to you personally. UCAS will contact you directly with the decision about your application.

Whichever institution you choose as your firm or insurance choice, you should apply to Student Finance England for tuition fee and maintenance support.

Deferred Entry

Please indicate your preference to defer your application by completing the relevant box on your UCAS form. For some students this could be an ideal opportunity to pursue work experience relating to their course. Please be aware you will have to meet the 2016 UCAS deadlines.


Applications for part-time courses must be made direct to the College, using the Higher Education part time application form. Complete and return the form in the above link or contact our Information and Guidance team for a form by calling 01278 441234, alternatively email info@bridgwater.ac.uk or chat to them live online.

Enrolment on some courses is subject to a successful interview, and this will provide you with another opportunity to meet the tutors, see the College facilities and obtain any support or information, including financial information, that you might need. You can then apply to any funding sources open to you. If an interview is not required, we would nevertheless recommend that you visit the College at some point, if you have not already done so.

Please note that for Early Years programmes a successful interview and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, previously known as Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) clearance, is mandatory. Once we receive your application we will contact you to arrange an interview.

View our Higher Education Admissions policy