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Application and enrolment

All the information you’ll need to apply and enrol for a university-level programme at West Notts.

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Five steps to university-level study at West Notts

  • 1 Apply for a course via the website. There are currently over 20 HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees and top-up awards to choose from.
  • 2 Attend an applicants' event (detailed below).
  • 3 Sign up for the summer school – designed to prepare students for university-level study. Call the HE team to register.
  • 4 Attend the pre-course activities available for your course. More information can be found below.
  • 5 Enrol at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

How to apply

Full-time and part-time courses starting January 2017

Applying couldn’t be simpler. Search for the course you wish to study, and apply directly online!

Our application process requires a personal statement and you will be invited for an interview with your chosen course tutor. Please ensure that you have allowed enough time to write your personal statement. This will be especially important for anyone wanting their professional experience to be taken into account.

If you need help writing your personal statement, we have provided some useful hints and tips.

At interview, please bring with you:

  • Two references; if you’re still in education, one of these should be from your teacher/tutor, and if you’re in employment, one should be from your employer (if possible).
  • Evidence of relevant, completed Level 3 qualifications.
  • Evidence of any Level 2 qualifications (GCSE or Functional Skills) in English and/or maths. If you are unable to provide this evidence, you will have an opportunity to take a diagnostic assessment; dates are provided at applicants’ event.

Non-English speakers may be asked to complete a language assessment.

Read our Higher Education Admissions Guidelines for more information on our application process.

Full-time courses September 2018

Courses starting from 2018 must be made through the Universities and College’s Admissions Service (UCAS). Our courses will be listed alongside courses from universities across the UK.

You can apply online directly through UCAS, or visit our website and click the Apply button on the course details page. This will redirect you to the UCAS website.

Full instructions for how to apply via the online application system can be found on the UCAS website . You will need a personal statement in order to complete an application. Your personal statement gives your chosen universities the opportunity to learn more about you and why you’re interested in the course you’re applying for. This needs to be written in your own words, and will play an important part in the decision-making process.

Part-time courses September 2018

Unlike full-time course applications which must come through UCAS, if you’re applying for a part-time course with us, you will apply directly to the University Centre.

Get involved

Before your course starts, you will have a number of opportunities to get involved in as an HE student at the college:

Applicants’ event

On receipt of your application form you will be sent an invitation to attend an applicaDirect applicationsnts’ event where you will learn more about studying at university-level and have an interview. Parents are also welcome to attend. You’ll have the chance to meet with tutors in person, giving you the chance to see whether our courses are right for you.

Summer school

Once you accept a place on a university-level course you will be invited to attend the summer school. We’ll provide you with this year’s new programme at the applicants’ event. This free programme covers a range of topics designed to help you prepare for the early stages of university-level study.

Social media

Once you’ve accepted your place, why not follow us on Twitter to find out what’s going on in the world of HE, and perhaps even make contact with other students starting the same course as you?

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Once your application has been successful you will be invited to attend an enrolment session - you will be informed of the exact date and time for your own personal enrolment, which will usually be late August – early September.

All enrolments will take place on our Derby Road campus and will involve:

  • Online confirmation of enrolment
  • Photo ID cards
  • Confirmation of finance arrangements

The learner records team will be available to take payment for your course fees and/or discuss further payment plans with you as necessary.

Find out more about finance and funding for university-level study.

Previous qualifications and conditions

If your tutor has not seen your previous qualifications, please ensure that you bring the originals, together with a photocopy, to your enrolment session.

If you received a conditional offer, you will need to bring evidence that you have met the conditions.

Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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