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How to start 

At Northern College we have a number of ways in which you can apply to come and study with us. 

Not sure what you want to study?

If you are unsure about what course you would like to study or how you can progress your learning to achieve your career goals, our team can offer an Information, Advice and Guidance appointment to discuss this with you.  You can also learn more about our course levels from entry to higher level study.

Fees and funding support 

Many of our students are eligible to study for free on many courses up to level 2. There is also funding support for eligible students studying many level 3 and higher level courses. We can offer you all the advice you need about course fees, funding support and Advanced Learner Loans. Our fees and funding section explains this in detail for you.


You can apply online or complete an application over the phone. You will be able to tell us if you feel you may require additional learning support.

Once we have received your application form you will receive an email or text to let you know we have received it.

Interview selection 

Some of our longer courses (more than 25 hours) may require an interview and selection process. After your application has been processed, you will receive information about what you will be expected to do; for example, an interview, a short task or personal statement. You may also be asked to complete a short assessment to check your maths and English skills. We will guide you through this process so you can be sure what is expected of you.

An offer 

Once you have attended your interview (long course) or submitted your application for a short course and have met the requirements for entry, we will send you an email confirming whether you have been offered a place on your chosen course. If you want to accept the place you must confirm this by completing the digital enrolment form sent to you. If you are unable to do this, you can confirm by speaking to Student Support Services. 

If you have not been accepted onto your first choice of course the Student Support Services Team will offer you an advice and guidance session so we can find you a suitable alternative or direct you to an education provider who may be able to meet your needs. 

If you have indicated that you may need additional learning support, we carry out an assessment at this point so you can get the help you require to complete your course successfully.


Once you are enrolled you can start your chosen study path and we can welcome you as a student of Northern College. We will then work alongside you to ensure you progress your learning and career goals.

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