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How to Apply

Help with your application.

Making an application to Bolton College is easy.

We’ve listed 7 steps below to guide you through the process of becoming joining one of our full-time study programmes, 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

Interested in an Apprenticeship?

If you want to do an Apprenticeship instead, you can express you interest via our online application form at'll contact you with details of your interview and the support we can provide to assist you in securing an Apprenticeship role.

For more information about our Apprenticeships, contact the team on 01204 482 036 or email

  • Step 1 - Browse our Young People's Course Guide

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    You can take a look at our full-time study programmes and Apprenticeships online here. This will give you an idea of what career you may want to pursue after leaving school.

  • Step 2 - Attend an Open Event

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    We hold lots of Open Events throughout the year for you and your family or friends to attend.


    Our Open Event dates are:

    • Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30PM - 8PM
    • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30PM - 8PM
    • Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30PM - 8PM
    • Futures4Me Event - Monday 7th October 2019, 3.30PM - 7PM

    Find out why you should attend here.

  • Step 3 - Submit an Application

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    One you've decided what you want to study, you can make an application online at


  • Step 4 - Book & 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.  Make sure to keep your mobile number and email address up-to-date as this is how we will contact you to provide updates regarding your application. 


    You'll then be asked to book an interview time via our online service – the booking link will be in your interview invitation. You can also call 01204 482 155 to confirm your attendance.


    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.


    The tutor will tell you all about the study programme during your interview to make sure that it’s the right fit. You’ll also be asked some questions – check out our Interview Guide here to find more useful information.

  • Step 5 - Details of Offer

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    The details of your offer will confirm the study programme which we think is best for you. It will also detail any conditions for your offer, such as achieving certain GCSE grades or getting a good reference from school.


    We'll send you and your parent or carer a confirmation of your offer via email.

  • Step 6 - New Student Day & Initial Assessment

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    Our New Student Day will be at the beginning of July. This is a great chance for you to get an early taste of College life so you're prepared well in advance!


    You'll need to take an initial assessment once you have finished school. More details about both of these events will be provided in your offer letter.

  • Step 7 - Come & Enrol!

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    In August, once you have received your GCSE results, you should come and enrol at our Deane Road Campus. We'll send you details of your enrolment slot nearer to the time. Don't forget to bring your GCSE results with you!


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