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Help with your application.

Making an application to Bolton College is easy.

We’ve listed 5 steps below to guide you through the process of becoming a Bolton College student, telling you what happens at each stage and what we expect from you.
If you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team. You can contact them on 01204 482 155 or email
  • Step 1 - Apply!

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    You can browse our full-time study programmes and Apprenticeships online here. Once you have decided what you want to study, you can make an application easily online by clicking here.

  • Step 2 - Attend an interview

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    We'll contact you via email or text with a date and time two weeks before your interview. You'll then be asked to book an interview time - the details of how to do this will be in your interview invitation. Make sure to book your interview time at least 48 hours in advance! You should dress smart-casual or come in your school uniform. If the subject requires an audition or portfolio of work, we'll put the details of this in your invitation. Don't forget to let us know if you aren't able to make an interview so that we can send a new date and time out to you. If we don't hear from someone who hasn't arrived we'll presume they no longer require an interview and offer it to someone else.


    You can find more useful information on our Interview Guide here.

  • Step 3 - Assessment

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    New applicants will be required to take an initial assessment at our Deane road campus when you come for your interview/enrolment. This is so that we can find out your maths and English levels.  It's nothing to worry about and it won't stop you from getting onto the course you want; it just helps us to decide if you will require any extra support to succeed. Make sure you allow plenty of time to take the assessment! We would recommend that you don't make any other commitments for the day you visit us.

  • Step 4 - Enrol

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    All our new learners are given  a conditional offer. Conditions can include achieving GCSE results specific for the course you want to study, securing a work placement, attending a College Taster, obtaining a DBS or receiving a satisfactory reference from your school.


    Enrolment will usually take place on GCSE results day. You can find out the enrolment date and time for your school by clicking here. You'll need to bring your qualifications with you to enrol. Financial Support may be available to help you with the costs of attending College, you can find out more information here.


    To complete enrolment, we'll ask you to sigh a Learner Agreement and give you a College ID card. So that we can keep you safe at College, we request that you wear your ID card at all times whilst  on the college premises.

  • Step 5 - Induction

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    The first few weeks of College are really important for all of our learners. We make them as interesting and informative as we can. Most classes will start week commencing Monday 8th September, but we will confirm your timetable once you've enrolled.


Still need help? Click on our useful links below for more on applying to Bolton College.