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If you’re applying through your school or college, sometimes they give you earlier deadlines to fill in your application than ours – this is to make sure they can write your reference and send your application to us on time.
We recommend you ask the universities whether they have vacancies first – especially for courses with a 15 October deadline, as it’s unusual for them to consider late applications because their courses are really competitive.
While the 15 October deadline is usually inflexible, don’t worry if you miss the January deadline.
Don’t leave it too late though, because if you do get a place, you’ll still need to arrange a visa and your accommodation.
Because part-time study ptions vary by duration, study mode and location, you'll need to contact course providers direct to apply. This way you can discuss your requirements and your experiecne to see which course provider will be the most suitable for you.
Our part-time course search is available each year from July until September. Unlike full-time applications, you don't need to find a course as far in advance, so the application process is much shorter.
If you're applying as an independent applicant (not through a school), we recommend you ask your referee to complete your reference well in advance of the deadline to avoid any delays.
Remember to look into student finance too. If you need a loan or financial support, you can apply to a student finance organisation.
This way you can get your results confirmed and hopefully receive an unconditional offer for the following year.
As such, many applicants apply during their final year at school or college.
This allows you to apply earlier in the year, to give yourself more chance of getting a place on a course you want.
You’ll also need to demonstrate your English language skills.
You can discuss alternatives with course providers, such as taking an Access course, or getting accreditation for prior learning, life experience or work experience.