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How to apply - aged over 19

Returning to education is an exciting experience and we are delighted that you are choosing to start this journey with us.

To give you the best experience, we have provided information below on how to apply for our 19+ courses.

Step 1 - Application

The majority of our courses can only be applied for online. Simply click the green ‘Apply now’ button on the information page of your chosen course and you will be guided through the application form.

Our community or part-time courses can either be booked online, by email or phone. The specific details will be on the ‘Apply’ section of the course information page.

If you would like advice and guidance about a course before submitting your application, you can speak to our customer enquiries team who will put you in touch with a teacher. Alternatively, you can book a free careers appointment with our careers team if you’re unsure if your chosen course is the best next step for you.

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Step 2 - Acknowledgement

Once you have successfully completed your online application, you should receive an acknowledgement email within 48 hours.

If you do not hear from us, please send an email to so we can check we have received your application.

Step 3 - Interview or applicant information event

For selected courses, you will be invited to have a call with a teacher or required to attend an applicant information event which for certain courses includes an assessment to gain your current level of English, Maths or relevant skills.

If your chosen course requires you to complete an assessment, you will be provided details on what is assessed and how/what you are required to do. You will be given plenty of time to complete the assessment and if you require any additional support or specific requirements, please let us know.

If you do not have any previous qualifications, taking an assessment or speaking to our teachers will help us to determine the best type of course and appropriate level for your abilities.

Step 4 - Offer

If a call with a teacher or applicant information event is not required, you will fast-forward to the offer stage. Your offer will be delivered via email and will outline any requirements and the next steps.

If you have completed a call with the teacher or applicant information event that included an assessment, your offer will be provided once you have attended and met the relevant entry requirements.

If you are not successful, do not worry. We will support you in booking an appointment with our careers team who can help you to find the best next step and any alternative routes.

Step 5 - Acceptance

Once you have received your offer and accepted your place, you will receive information regarding enrolment at a later date.

If your chosen course requires you to attend a welcome event, information on this will be sent out direct from the curriculum area with further details.

If you have any questions at this point, or before your enrolment date, please get in touch and we will be happy to help -

Step 6 - Enrolment and settling in

If you are joining a full-time course, you will receive a letter in July confirming your August enrolment date. On your enrolment day, you will need to attend a face-to-face event at our Debry Road Campus where you will:

Meet your teacher(s).
Meet the support teams.
Receive your student ID card.
Receive your induction timetable.

The first day is usually the perfect time to meet your peers, discuss the first term and receive your weekly timetable.

If you are joining a part-time programme in September, you will enrol online or over the phone from July. Only GCSE students will enrol from June. If you are required to enrol over the phone, you will receive a call between 9am-4pm from our Learner Records team.

Information on financial support such as the Advanced Learner Loan, childcare support and bursaries will be sent out from June and provide details on how to submit an application.

Once you have completed this final step, it is time to relax, enjoy your summer and get ready for your exciting new chapter!


  • I have international qualifications. How can I find out their equivalent in the UK?

    Our careers team can help you to understand the level of your existing qualifications and advise on the right type of course or level for your next steps.

    You can book a free telephone or online appointment with one of our careers advisors by emailing

  • What financial support is available?

    Depending on factors such as your age, current qualifications or your household income, there may be different bursaries or funding schemes available.

    You can find out more by visiting our financial support page, or calling freephone 0808 100 3626.

  • Do you accept international students?

    We are no longer in a position to enrol any new international students due to our current home office status as a legacy sponsor. For further information about Tier 4 of the points-based system, please refer to the Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors on the GOV.UK website. We apologise that we are currently unable to proceed with any new applications. If you require a list of alterative UK registered sponsors please visit the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors .

    If you are from a British Overseas Territories and your passport states British Citizen you can apply in the normal way.

    You are a 'British Overseas Territories' national if you are a national of any of these territories:

    British Antarctic Territory
    British Indian Ocean Territory
    British Virgin Islands
    Cayman Islands
    Falkland Islands
    Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
    South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan de Cunha)
    Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • Will I be studying in the same class as 16 -18-year-olds?

    If you choose to study one of our full-time vocational courses, you may be studying in a classroom alongside 16-18 year olds. Access to University courses are for learners aged 19 or over only. Please contact us if you are unsure.

    For courses such as GCSEs, functional skills, Access to University, professional qualifications and community courses, you will be learning with adult learners only.

  • Can I defer my place if I later change my mind?

    Unfortunately for both full-time and part-time courses you cannot defer your place. You will need to withdraw and then reapply for the following year.

    If you change your mind after starting the course, you can potentially transfer courses through our Swap Don’t Drop programme but you will need to speak to us.

Need a little help?

For more advice about the application process please contact the college and we will be happy to help you.

Get in touch online

Or call now on freephone 0808 100 3626

Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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