Bolton College
Admissions & Applications - How to Apply


Thinking of applying to college but not quite sure how it works?
The information below tells you what happens at each step and what we expect from you.

You can use the list below to jump to each section:

Step 1 – Complete an Application Form

This can be done on paper, online, or via UCAS Progress.

If there is anything missing from your application form our Admissions Team will call to speak to you.

All 16-18 year olds are required to provide contact details of their parent/carer.

It is essential that you update us if you change your email address or mobile phone number as we use both to contact new learners throughout the year. If information changes after an application form is submitted you can tell us about it via
01204 482 155 or

Step 2 – Attend an Interview

We will contact you via email/text with a date and time 2 weeks before the interview date.

You will then need to book an interview time via phone 01204 482 155 or using our online booking service – the details of how to do this will be in the invitation.

Interview times must be booked at least 48 hours before the interview date. If a time isn’t booked we can’t guarantee an interview that night.

Dress code for our interviews is either smart casual or school uniform.

If the subject requires an audition or portfolio of work we’ll put the details in the invitation, and a reminder on the booking form.

We’ll send a text reminder out the day before the interview.

Please let us know if you aren't able to make an interview so we can send a new interview invitation out. If we don’t hear from someone who hasn’t arrived we will presume they no longer want an interview and offer it to someone else.

Simply click on the attachment below to find out what happens at your interview.

Step 3 – Assessment

All new applicants are required to take an initial assessment to find out their maths and English levels.

The results of the assessment help us to place new learners on the right course.

The assessments usually take around 2 hours and we’ll send an email containing upcoming dates and times after Easter.

Some subject areas also carry out additional pre-enrolment tests. If this is the case, you'll be told at your interview.

Step 4 - New Student Day

We invite everyone with a College offer to take part in our New Student Day on Thursday 12 July.  This is a great opportunity to meet other new learners, get used to our building and chat to staff.  The day is all about having fun and we advise people to dress casually especially, if they want to take part in some of the games.  Details of how to book on to our New Student Day will be in our offer letter.

Step 5 – Enrolment

All our new learners are given a conditional offer - conditions can include achieving specific GCSE results, securing a work placement, attending a College Taster, obtaining a DRB or receiving a satisfactory reference from their school.

School leaver enrolment traditionally takes place on GCSE results day and we’ll update you and your parents/carers during the summer term.

You will need to bring your qualification results/certificates to enrolment.

16-18 year olds do not pay any tuition fees at Bolton College.

Financial support is available for many of our young learners to help with travel and meals at College.

To complete enrolment, you will be asked to sign a Learner Agreement and given a College ID card. To help us ensure the safety of our learners, staff and resources, ID cards must be worn at all times whilst on college premises.

 Step 6 - Induction Event - Ready for College

For the first time, we are running a special Induction event on the Saturday before term starts.  It is really important that all new learners attend this event.  We are also encouraging one parent/carer to come too.  More details on this important event will be shared via College Connect – our monthly newsletter emailed to applicants’ parents/carers.  Booking information will be sent out in the Summer term by email/text. 

Step 7 - Start of the New Term

That's it! Your final step is to arrive at College on your first day with your College ID badge and a pen.

 Interview Tips 

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