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.

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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 15th 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

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How to write your personal statement

How to write your personal statement

The Personal Statement is an opportunity for you to explain why you want to do the course you have applied for and show why you are suitable. Your Personal Statement is used to help the College and the interviewer understand more about your reasons for applying, your skills and experience. You should try to use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar, but these are not marked. If you would like assistance or guidance with this aspect, please contact the College. This statement might be used by the interviewer for your course to help them ask questions that are personal to you.

Your choice of course
Think about why you are applying for your chosen course - why does this subject interest you?
Why do you think you're suitable for the course – do your current or previous studies relate to the course that you have chosen or have you taken part in any other activities that demonstrate your interest in the course?

Your interests

  • Think about what things you enjoy doing and are passionate about:
  • Are you a practical person, do you enjoy making things, cooking or baking, fixing things that aren’t working – give examples?
  • Are you inquisitive? Do you enjoy finding out about things - how they work, enjoy learning about history or politics, reading novels or searching the web?
  • Are you a member of any clubs or sports teams? Are you involved with any projects in your local community?

Your skills
Think about any additional skills you might have that could relate to the course and attributes that make you interesting, special or unique:

  • Are you creative or have a hidden talent - play a musical instrument, take part in sports, enjoy musical theatre, draw or paint, enjoy writing, or take photographs in your spare time?
  • Do you have managerial skills – do you organise or look after any groups, control a budget or look after staff or finances?
  • Are you compassionate – are you a carer for someone? Have you ever raised money for a charity?
  • Are you multi-lingual – if you speak more than one language this should definitely be included!

Remember and include any other achievements you’re proud of, positions of responsibility that you hold or have held both in and out of school.

Work experience
Also include details of jobs, placements, work experience or voluntary work, particularly if it's relevant to your chosen course. Try to link any experience to skills or qualities related to the course.

Your aspirations
And finally, if you know what you’d like to do after completing the course – whether it’s to further study or employment, explain how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you gain.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

  • 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 quoting your applicant number, which can be found at the top of this letter.

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What is the PVG Scheme?

What is the PVG Scheme?

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. It helps makes sure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children and/or protected adults, can't do 'regulated work' with these vulnerable groups. 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 do I need to join the PVG scheme?

You have applied for a course which, if successful, will lead to a profession where you are working with children or vulnerable adults. It is also likely your course will have work placements involving contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults. Students on these courses must complete an application for the PVG scheme before they are allowed to go on placement. If you have any criminal convictions you are worried about you should discuss this with a member of staff as soon as possible to ensure we can support you through the process. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and used only in connection with your course application. It will be destroyed after it has served that purpose.

Can I fail an application to the PVG scheme?

No, you cannot ‘fail’ an application to the PVG Scheme. However, there may be information disclosed on it that would prevent you being allowed to go on placement or pursuing a career related to your course. This may influence your decision about whether to do the course.

Disclosure Scotland keeps a list of people unsuitable to do regulated work with children and a list of people unsuitable to work with protected adults. The lists are separate, although people can be on both lists. If Disclosure Scotland adds someone to one or both of these lists, it is known as being 'listed'. If you know that you are listed you should discuss this with a member of College staff.

What happens next?

If you are offered a place on the course you will be given a PVG application form before or during the Enrolment process. You should complete this form and submit it using the instructions provided.

Who pays for the PVG scheme application?

Further Education students have the cost of the application paid by the college.
The cost paid by the college is £59 or £18 depending on the type of disclosure record required.

If you have any questions...

Please discuss your concerns with a member of staff at your interview or before you start your course. The PVG Scheme uses complex language and staff are here to help you understand the Scheme and how it protects vulnerable people.

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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