How to Apply

Our Admissions and Student Funding Team make applying to Inverness College UHI easy.

Experienced staff can provide information on courses, how to apply, pre-entry interviews, offers, the student hub and general information on funding.

They can also explain how our qualifications work.

How to apply for a course

How to apply for a course

If you are not sure which course you want to apply for, take a look at our course pages.

Contact the Guidance Team for advice and guidance on options available at the College.

Once you have found a course you want to study the next step is to apply. All Degree level applications must be made through UCAS.  If you wish to study a further education course, an HNC or HND you can apply by selecting the Apply tab at the top right of every course page.

If you have problems submitting your application electronically, please contact the UHI Helpdesk on 01463 279150.

If you are already in the UCAS Apply system for HNC, HND or Degree level study please do not apply to us directly for full time study, you must follow the correct UCAS procedure.

Admissions - Priority applications due by 1st May

Our priority application date for further education courses is 1st May.  If you are not applying for an HNC or an HND through UCAS, you can also apply directly through our website for these levels of courses.

Generally speaking, the earlier you apply the better. There is more chance of a place being available on the course of your choice and there is more time to apply for funding for your studies.

If you are a current student and wish to apply for the next level of course you should do the following:-

  • If you are currently on a course at SCQF at level 4 moving onto level 5, or level 5 moving onto level 6 you should complete an Intention to Progress form by the end of March
  • If you are currently studying a course at SCQF level 6 or above and progressing onto a level 7 or above (HNC/D/Degree) you should submit an application as soon as possible, ideally, before the end of March

Late applications received after the deadlines will only be considered where places remain available.

From June onwards, once you have an unconditional offer and have firmly accepted, you will be sent information regarding applying for support funding.

During July you will be sent information regarding induction and enrolment.

At your induction in August there will be further opportunities to meet with staff to discuss your programme of study.

Paper Applications

Online application is recommended but, if you wish, you can complete the paper form and print and post the completed form to us at the Freepost address on the form.

If you have any questions please call 01463 273480 or email admissions.ic@uhi.ac.uk.

How to write your personal statement

How to write your personal statement

A Personal Statement is used as supporting evidence for a course application. It is often your first opportunity to create a good impression and to express why you are a suitable applicant for the course.

We recommend that you prepare this in advance then simply paste it into the Personal Statement form. This will allow you to use a spell-checker and avoid the page timing out if it takes more than 20 minutes to enter your statement.

About the Course

Tell us about your interest in the course, and why you want to study it.  Your statement should give a clear indication of your motivation towards studying the course applied for.  Ask yourself: Why do I want to study the subject? Is there something I can say about how my interest has developed?  Be specific and give examples. Make sure you understand what the course entails.  Include interests of relevance to the courses you are applying to study.  Also, demonstrate that your are prepared for the breadth and depth of studying your chosen course.

About you

Is there anything you do outside of school which can demonstrate your passion for learning more about a particular subject or for studying in general?  Your statement should give information about hobbies and interests or, for applicants not in school or college, life experience and previous employment. Include hobbies, activities, clubs, achievements and other special interests which are relevant to the course; that is those which demonstrate your skills and personality and link this to the skills and experience required for the course.  Include any future plans or thoughts you may have on how you will use the knowledge and experience gained through the course

Work Experience

Describe any work experience, especially if relevant to the course.  If you feel that you have had little formal work experience, try to think of things you have done in your personal life that you could use for example.

  • Have you helped organise any events?
  • Done anything for charity or voluntary work?
  • Organised your household?
  • Managed your budget?
  • Had a job?

Finally, make a lasting impression by getting the grammar, spelling and punctuation right. Ensure the statement is your own work and accurately conveys your own personality and ideas.  Be prepared to answer questions on it if you are interviewed.

Personal Statement Checklist

  • Is your personal statement between 250 and 300 words in length?
  • Does it have a strong opening paragraph?
  • Is it punchy, concise and attention grabbing?
  • Does it show how your skills match requirements for the course?
  • Is it written in plain English?
  • Does it do you justice?
  • Have you proofread the personal statement?

When will you hear back?

When will you hear back?

When you submit an application, our Admissions and Course teams will consider the application and either notify you of a decision or invite you to an interview as detailed below :

  • By 31st March for applications submitted up to 15th January
  • By 30th April for applications submitted up to 28th February
  • By 31st May for applications submitted up to 31st March
  • By 30th June for applications submitted up to 30th April
  • By 18th July for applications submitted up to 31st May

Please note that any applications submitted after 31st May will be considered if places are available. You will be notified of the outcome by mid-August, after exam results have been issued.

Guidelines for students invited to attend interview

Guidelines for students invited to attend interview

Your interview is not just about us asking you questions, it is your opportunity to find out more information.  For example, during the interview process you can be given lots of useful information about college life, funding, additional support available and an overview of your course choice.

Before the interview

Get yourself organised!

Make sure you have the correct date/time for the interview, that you know where to report and give yourself sufficient time to get to college.

Take along any items asked for such as the letter inviting you to interview, qualifications, birth certificate etc.

Do your homework!

Do some research into the subject you have applied for.  Think about career paths you would like to pursue and questions you would like to ask about the course.  Your interview will give you an opportunity to talk in more detail and depth about yourself, interests and ambitions.    Remember the adage:  Prior planning prevents poor performance.

First impressions count!

Give some thought to your appearance as well as what you are going to say at interview.  Looking smart shows you have made an effort to give a good impression.

If you are going to be late or can’t make your interview call the college beforehand to let us know 01463 273000.

On the day

Make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the college.   If you are going to be late try to call college as soon as possible on 01463 273000.

As part of the interview process you may be required to undertake an IT based activity to assess your core skill levels, a group activity or a piece of written work.

The interview provide an opportunity for the lecturer to get to know you better and means we are able to make sure you are offered a place on the right course for you.

Always treat your interviewer with courtesy and manners.  Make eye contact, it shows you’re listening.  If more than one person is interviewing you, make sure you are looking at the person asking that question.

The interviewer will be looking for :

  • An interest in the course for which you are applying
  • A positive attitude which indicates you will be a committed student
  • Motivation to work hard
  • That you have chosen a course appropriate for your career plans.

Listen to the interview questions carefully.  If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated. Try to avoid yes and no answers – give as much information as you can.

What may I be asked about?

  • Your reasons for applying to college
  • What interests you about the course/s you have applied for
  • What you have enjoyed about school, what went well and what didn’t go so well
  • Extra curricular activities, post/s of responsibility, hobbies, interests, part time jobs, clubs and societies you belong to
  • Work experience
  • How you did in your prelims

You may also be asked a further question which is course specific, so make sure that you follow the advice given above and do some researching before you arrive.

You will also find out more about:-

  • Course content
  • How you will be assessed
  • Duration of the course
  • The qualification you will receive at the end of the course and any opportunities for further study

Act naturally, don’t exaggerate, answer questions honestly and frankly, but do make sure the interviewer is aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for their time.

After the interview

You will be informed in writing of the outcome of your interview within 2 weeks of your interview.

Types of offers

Types of offers

Types of offer made:

Conditional Offer:  This means that your place will be reserved for you on the course and you will be able to start the course if you meet the conditions stipulated in your offer letter, providing you confirm acceptance and provide evidence of meeting the additional requirements.  The conditions you may be required to fulfil can include one or more of the following :

  • Requirements to obtain qualifications. Any subjects passed required in conditional offer are in addition to the qualification which you may already hold.
  • The College receiving satisfactory reference
  • The College receiving a satisfactory PVG report from Disclosure Scotland
  • Requirement to undergo practical testing

Unconditional Offer: This means that a place has been reserved for you and you will be able to start your study when the course commences without the need to fulfil any conditions, providing you confirm acceptance.

Waiting List: This means that the college is not in a position to offer you a place.  Your application will be reconsidered if places do become available.

Unsuccessful: This means that you have been unsuccessful in your application.  Staff are always willing to advise applicants on how they might improve their qualifications.

If you receive more than one unconditional offer from the College you must decide which one to accept. You cannot accept more than one offer from the college. If you accept an offer from the college and subsequently accept an offer from another institution, you must inform the college immediately.

I’ve got my results, what do I need to do now?

We will check to see if your results meet the conditions set in your offer.  If you have been successful you will receive written confirmation of your place along with all the details you need regarding enrolment.

I’ve not got the required results, what now?

If you haven’t achieved the results you were expecting, don’t panic.  Please ring 01463 273208 to discuss your options with our Guidance Team.

Please let us know within 10 days of receipt of your offer letter if you are taking or not taking up the place offered to you. If you have made the decision not to take up the place we can then offer it to someone else.

Students who accept their offer of place will then be sent information regarding applying for funding and course joining instructions.

Note, if you have not obtained the precise qualifications requested in your offer you may still be considered for a place on the course or on an alternative course.

How do I confirm/decline an offer?

How do I confirm/decline an offer?

YOu can advise us either by text or email.

In order to accept or decline your offer by e-mail, please reply to offer.ic@uhi.ac.uk

  • Please include your Name, Applicant No and Course Code and Accept or Decline.

In order to accept or decline your offer by text, please reply to 07950 080611.

  • Please reply OFFER followed by a space (this is essential) then your Name, Applicant No, Course Code and Accept or Decline.

Please ensure that you reply to our offer as soon as possible, as this will ensure that you are sent information regarding applying for Student Support Funding.

If you have any other queries regarding your application, please contact us on 01463 273480 or admissions.ic@uhi.ac.uk quoting your applicant number, which can be found at the top of this letter.

A PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check may be required - find out why?

A PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check may be required - find out why?

A PVG check is a document containing impartial and confidential criminal history information held by the police and government departments which can be used by employers to make safer recruitment decisions. It may include details of criminal convictions, information about a person’s inclusion on children or adult list or a statement to say that there is no information.

Why am I being asked to provide this information?

For some courses there is a mandatory work placement involving contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults.  Students on these courses must complete an application for Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) registration.

What do I need to do?

You will be asked to complete an application.  You will be required to disclose all convictions or cautions, including those which are "spent" as work with children, young people or vulnerable adults does not fall under the legislation on rehabilitation of offenders.  You will need to provide both photographic proof of your identity and also your name and address.

Any offer of a place on these courses is dependent on PVG registration as the work-placement element is a mandatory part of the course.  PVG will be discussed at interview for these courses.

How much does the PVG cost?

The cost of the PVC check by Disclosure Scotland will be covered by the college, except for the PGDE Teaching programmes.

What happens next?

Once your information has been checked by Disclosure Scotland , a copy of their findings is sent to you and to the college.  Dependent on the outcome, the college may carry out a risk assessment and will be either offered a place on a course or your application may be rejected.  You will be informed in writing of the decision.

Disclosure Scotland PVG:  0870 609 6006 (Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm)

E:  info@disclosurescotland.co.uk

Accepted your place? Enrol online

Accepted your place? Enrol online

Once you accept your place, you will be given an email and password to accees your Student Hub account.

Your Student Hub account is your electronic view of the records we hold about your studies and is one of the methods the we use to communicate with you about various aspects of your college life.

You can enrol on your course via the Student Hub.

The Student Hub explained