Online Application Guide
Here is a step-by-step guide to making an
application via our online application system
1: Logging in
If you are making a new application, create
a new account by clicking on the New User button
and registering your details. If you have an application already in
process, enter your Username and Password in the relevant boxes and
click the Login button.
If you click the ‘save’ button at any point
during your application, you will be sent an email automatically.
This email will contain a reference number (your
Usercode) and a link back to the login page for
when you wish to return and complete your application.
If you forget your
password, you can click the ‘forgotten password’ link on
the login screen. Follow the instructions on screen and you will be
sent a temporary password to allow you to log in to your
If you forget your
Username, you can log in by using your Usercode instead
which is provided in the email we send you when you either save or
submit your application. If you further problems logging in, please
contact Admissions on 01904 876598 or email@example.com (and
quote your Usercode if possible).
The form is broken up in to different pages
which are accessed from tabs at the top of the screen. Please move
through the form page by page and finish with your declaration.
There is also help text throughout the
application, simply hover the cursor over the blue question mark
symbols for the text to appear.
In addition to this guide, please read all
instructions and questions within the online application
thoroughly; some of the requirements vary depending on
which course you are applying for.
2: Registering your
If you are a new applicant, start by
entering your details and once finished, click the ‘Proceed’
button. If any mandatory fields have been missed, a message will
appear informing you which field(s) is missing. Please check that
your details are correct – if not, click ‘Amend User Details’ and
make the changes before clicking the ‘Save changes’ button. You can
also change your Password here.
If you have applied to more than one
programme, you can also access these by clicking the ‘View Previous
Actions’ button and selecting the appropriate application.
3: Entering your personal
This screen contains some mandatory fields
which must be completed before you can move on to the next screen,
these are marked with an asterisk (*).
These include a question on
your Highest Qualification which you select
from a drop down list. The list of qualifications to choose from is
long and extensive. The entries in it can be confusing but
they refer to the records we must return to the Higher Education
Statistics Agency so we need to adhere to them. For those with
Honours degrees, you need to select the entry near the bottom of
the list: UK first degree with honours. The reference to ‘first’
degree does not denote the classification of your degree only that
it is the first degree you have taken i.e. not a Masters
which would come afterwards.
4: Entering your
When entering your qualification dates, do
not worry if you cannot remember the exact day of the month you
took your exams – you can enter the 1st of the
Please do not group qualifications
together as one entry e.g. 5 GCSE at grade C. You need to list them
You may add up to 20 records - if you need
to add more, there is the option to upload details on them at
the end of the qualification section.
If you are successful in receiving an
offer, remember that you will be asked for official
evidence of all qualifications that you enter on this
form. If you have misplaced or no longer have your
qualification certificates you will need to get replacements
from the relevant exam board or official confirmation
from your school/college. Do not enter a qualification
you are unable to produce official documentation for.
For part-time primary PGCE applicants, if
you have taken/or are taking a GCSE equivalent qualification, such
as through EquivalencyTesting.co.uk,
we may request further details about this before your application
is assessed. You may wish to upload certificates or further
information at the end of the qualification section. We do not
accept all equivalencies so please check with us before you apply.
Also be aware that you will need to produce official evidence of
your GCSEs at interview if you are selected.
For some courses, you will be asked to
enter details on your first degree. If you do
not hold a degree or are applying for a post-experience programme,
you can enter N/A in each field in this section. If you have not
yet received your degree results, enter Pending and ask your
referee to provide a predicted degree
classification in your reference.
Please enter the main subjects you studied
for in your degree and enter each in a separate field. If
you are unable to remember every module or the exact titles, do not
worry but please give an estimate of the areas you covered. If you
are applying for a primary teaching course, we need to identify
your specialist knowledge relevant to teaching subjects in the
National Curriculum. You should include any skills courses such
as IT or statistics and modules that show your knowledge of
cross-curricular themes being developed in primary schools, such as
environmental education, community or citizenship, health
education, equality and diversity.
5: Entering your work/school
In this section you can enter any relevant
paid or volunteer work you have had, or in the case of PGCE
applications, any school classroom experience you have gained. You
can list up to 10 entries.
6: Entering your personal
In this section you can enter a statement
(or proposal) to support your application in no more than 1000
words. Some programmes have a smaller word limit than this so
please check what is displayed on the screen. Include information
(where relevant) on: personal qualities, practical/life
experiences, managing people, communication skills, relevant
courses undertaken, other prior learning experiences not referred
to elsewhere on the form. You may also wish to consider the
- Why do you wish to study this
- What strengths do you feel you have in the
area you are applying for?
- Do you have any career goals based on your
choice of programme?
Some programmes have a requirement for
specific information to be covered or work to be uploaded so please
check the information on the screen. There is also the option to
upload extra documents here.
7: Equal Opportunity
A response is required for each of these
questions but there are options to choose from which include 'Not
known' and 'Prefer not to say'.
8: Entering your referee
For the majority of programmes, you are
required to provide details of two referees; for those
programme which only require one referee, only one section
will be displayed on the screen.
When you press the submit button, we will automatically send an
email to both of your referees, using the email address you have
entered. Please, therefore, ensure that the email addresses
you enter are correct. Do not type anything else in
the box other than one email address i.e. do not include
multiple addresses separated by a ; or your referee's name.
The email we send to your referees contains a weblink which
allows them to submit their reference for you online. This is the
best method to submit a reference as it is linked directly
with your application.
Please be aware, that it is still your
responsibility to ensure references are provided to us and
note that your application will not be assessed until all required
references are in place. If your referee does not have an email
address, they may send their reference via the post to
Your referees should be someone able to comment on the
qualifications/experience you have included in your
application, preferably an academic referee. Some courses have
particular reference requirements e.g. counselling courses, so
please check the information displayed on the screen.
It is not permitted for family, friends, partners or ex-partners
to write your reference. If we find this to be the case, your
application may be cancelled.
9: Uploading supporting
You can upload additional documents to
support your application on various pages throughout the
application. You may wish to upload details of qualifications,
scans of certificates or transcripts, supporting letters, your
visas and/or passport. There are no mandatory uploads except for
MA Creative Writing which requires
a sample of your work (see the programme page for more details)
10: Checklist and
The final page of the application will
show if you have fully completed all the mandatory fields. It
will identify where sections are not complete so you can
go back and enter the information. Once you are happy that
your application is finished, tick the 'Declaration' box and click
the ‘submit application’ button. The automatic emails will now be
sent to your referees to request references for you, but
remember to check that there respond to them.
11: What happens next?
Your application will now be processed by
the Admissions office and once the references have been received,
it will be forwarded for assessment. When we have a decision, we
will contact you by email. If you have any questions during this
time, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org