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How to Apply to UCAS
Applications for all full-time Higher Education courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).www.ucas.com
The UCAS website holds a comprehensive list of all Higher Education Institutions and their courses in the UK. To apply through UCAS you will need to register on their website and complete your application online. If you are currently studying at a school or college, you will need to apply through them using their “buzzword”. If you are not currently in education, you can apply as an “Individual”.
UCAS will accept applications from early September 2012. For the majority of courses, as long as your application is received before the deadline of 15 January 2013, it will receive equal consideration by Admissions Tutors.
Art and Design
If you are applying for Art and Design courses there are two closing dates 15 January and 24 March 2013.
You are strongly advised to refer to the information for each course at each university or college so that you do not miss the deadlines. Visit the UCAS website www.ucas.com for the most up to-date information.
Completing the online application
Once you register online, gaining your own username and password, you will then be required to complete the different sections of the form.
In this section you are asked to include further personal details which apply to your application. Some of the information you provide eg ethnic origin, will not be seen by the institutions you apply to and will not play a part in your application but this information is required by UCAS.
This is where you state your choices. A maximum of five can be selected.
This section enables you to list schools or colleges with qualifications already gained and those you may be studying currently.
This is where you can briefly list your employment history.
This is your chance to sell yourself to the Admissions Tutor in terms of your skills, experience and qualities. You are required to provide a reference to detail your suitability for academic study within your UCAS form. If you are currently studying, this should be a tutor or teacher at your school or college. If you are not in education, you should ask an employer or responsible person who knows you well.
The online system is easy to use and you do not need to complete it in one sitting. You can access it anywhere through the internet and alter it as much as you like before you submit. Once submitted, UCAS will write to you to confirm your application. This letter will include your own Personal ID number, which you should use as a reference in all future correspondence with UCAS and your choice of institutions. You can also track the progress of your application by using the Track Progress section on the UCAS site once you have applied.
The UCAS code contains an Institution Code eg L36 and a Course Code eg W690. Our institution code is L36. Please refer to the individual course leaflets for the full UCAS code for each course. Where you are asked for a Campus Code, it is G for De Montfort University courses and Y for University of Bedfordshire courses.
How to apply to Leicester College
For all part-time Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas and Foundation Degrees and all Professional Diplomas, University Diplomas or Foundation Studies you should complete a Leicester College Application Form.
These are available from Leicester College Information Centres, based at all three of our campuses, or please call 0116 224 2240. Application Forms are also available on our website www.leicestercollege.ac.uk/apply/online.
International Students please call +44 (0) 116 224 4111 to request an application form.
Learner Risk Assessments and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure
Leicester College has a legal obligation known as Duty of Care, to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all its learners and staff. Learner Risk Assessments are an important part of this process. It is part of the College’s Student Application and Risk Assessment procedures that learners are required to declare if they have an unspent criminal record, including any pending court cases, or if they are bailed or charged with any criminal offense either at application stage or during their course. Learners will be written to for formal disclosure and may need to attend a Risk Assessment Interview.
Certain professions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Any learner whose course is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check, must declare any “spent” or “unspent” conviction/s, which includes any warnings, reprimands, cautions and Referral Orders. This is because a work placement is part of the course, and the requirements for working with young or vulnerable people are very strict – in some cases, some convictions bar individuals from working with young or vulnerable people.
If the enhanced CRB Disclosure or Risk Assessment Interview reveals convictions or information that make a person unsuitable for the course, alternative course options will be discussed. If you are unsure how your previous or current conviction may affect a course, or whether a conviction is spent, and if you need to disclose the information, please contact the Risk Assessment Team on 0116 224 2225 or 0116 224 2138. During the Risk Assessment, support needs are also identified which means that we can, if appropriate, refer you for Learning Mentor support, to a Counsellor or for support for mental health.
International Students and Adult Learners
We welcome applications from international students and adult learners who do not match the standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate a willingness and commitment to study, and have evidence of academic, professional or vocational experience in a related field. International students will not be expected to attend an interview but will be expected to send either evidence of qualification or demonstrate related work experience for review by the admissions tutor.
Applicants are asked to provide contact details of their referee. A request is sent by email to the referee asking them to complete and submit a reference through our secure website.