How to apply

Find out more about what happens when you apply and what you can expect from the process.

Applying to college for a further education course isn’t like when your parents had to apply for primary or secondary school. It’s a lot simpler.

When it comes to applying for a course, you apply directly to the college or school, and you can apply to as many as you like. In fact, we always encourage students to visit and apply to a number of places because you can never have enough options. You can always withdraw your application if you no longer feel the place is for you too.

It’s good to think about the career you’d like when you’re older as this can help narrow down the colleges or schools that might be good for you. But don’t worry if you're not sure what you want to do. You can always go to an open event to speak to teachers of subjects you like and chat with careers advisors who can offer help and advice.

Once you’ve chosen your courses, all you need to do is apply. Although some places, like us, don’t have an application deadline, it’s always best to get your application in as soon as possible so you are in the system and the process has started. It doesn’t matter either if you change your mind about your courses at USP College. You can amend them at any time.


What happens next?

1. Application

When you apply on our website and we receive your application, our Admissions Team will email you confirming we have your application.

2. Interview

Next, you will be invited to an interview where you will be able to discuss your options and course choice(s). Don't worry, this isn't a scary process - we just want to make sure the course you have chosen is right for you, now and in the future. You can also discuss any additional support you may need.

3. Offer

After your interview, we'll send you a confirmation of the outcome.

4. Pre-enrolment

We'll invite you into College at the end of June/beginning of July, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about the course(s) you've chosen. You'll also be able to look around and explore our campus facilities, ask questions and even meet your future peers and teachers!

5. Enrolment

If your course starts in September, we'll send you details of when you need to enrol during the summer. Enrolment starts from the day GCSE results are released, normally a Thursday in late August.

Our top tips

To apply to study at either of our campuses, please complete our online application form. 

Choosing the right course

It is really important to ensure that your course choice is suitable for your ambitions now and in the future, whether it is going to university or work after you have finished college.

If you are unsure of what course to take, come along to one of our Open Evenings. Alternatively, you can book a careers interview with our fully qualified Careers Advisors by emailing or calling Seevic Campus 01268 882 666 or Palmer’s Campus 01375 370 121.

Tuition fees

If you are a UK citizen and have lived in the UK for the past three years, are under 19 on 31 August (on the year of study) and are taking your first ‘full width’ Level 3 qualification, you won’t have to pay tuition fees.

If you are an EU citizen, please contact our Admissions team at either or for further information regarding tuition fees.

Fees for our Adult and Higher Education provision can be found on each of the course detail pages; where, you can also find additional funding and financial support information.

Resource and course costs

If you are applying to study a course that requires resources that will be retained, you will be charged for the consumables. You will also be asked to pay for trips that form part of your course (e.g. theatre trips for Performing Arts).