Course Application Guidelines

Welcome to Edinburgh College.   We offer a wide range of courses with various study options including full-time, part-time and open-learning. You can find the full range of courses in our college prospectus.

You apply online for your selected course here. Only one application per person will be accepted for full-time courses. 

You can apply for up to 3 part-time courses, but please consider your choices carefully and make sure you meet the entry requirements before submitting your application. 

If you are not successful in securing a place on the course of your choice you will be considered for any suitable alternative course which is available.  Advice and guidance will be provided by the Course Information Team.

Courses will remain open for an application unless the maximum number of applications has been reached or the maximum number of offers has been made.  Demand for courses can be high therefore it is important that you submit your application as soon as you can.

1. Find the Right Course for You

We know that deciding which course to study can be a difficult decision.  Before making a decision we recommend you visit our website and read through the information on courses that interest you.  Find out about entry requirements and progression routes and discover more about what the course offers and where it can lead to.

You can also come along to a drop-in session with a Course Advisor. They will help you identify your interests, discuss your choice of course and answer any questions you may have about studying at Edinburgh College.

Full Time Progressing Students 

If you are looking to continue your studies and progress to the next level, of course, you will need to login, as an existing user, to your online application account via the College website. Once you are logged in to the home page please select Progression from the navigation bar.  You will be able to select the next level of course without having to complete a full application form.  

If you cannot log in to your online application account or have forgotten your login in details please contact for help.  

Application Tips 

Where possible, please use the same email address that you used to apply for your first-year course last year. This will make the processing of your application easier. 

Please state that you are a 'progressing student' in the personal statement section of the application. This will allow us to confirm your course place quicker.

We would recommend applying for your second-year courses as soon as possible. When you have submitted your application you will be sent a conditional offer. 

If you need any support with making your second-year application please contact your lecturer, LDT or drop into student services on your college campus.

Applicants in Care or who are Care Experienced

We guarantee that applicants who are in care or are care experienced will be offered an interview on receipt of a completed application.  We still recommend your application is submitted early as courses can fill quickly.

2. Apply Online

For most of our courses, you can apply online. Once you have chosen a course you would like to study, find the entry on the College website and click on the "Apply Now" button.

If you have not applied online before you will need to register your details. To do this you will be required to input your name, date of birth, a valid email address and create a password. It is vital you take the time to enter these details accurately as they will be required to access your application form. Please note any correspondence or offers from the College will be sent to the email address entered on your electronic application.

When you apply, please take your time to fill out the form as accurately and fully as possible. You don't have to complete the application all at once and can save it and return to it later using your log in details.

All courses require you to complete a personal statement. We recommend that you prepare this in word format then copy and paste it into your application form. This will allow you to use a spell-checker and avoid the page timing out if it takes more than 20 minutes to enter your statement.  Read our personal statement guide.

If you require support in completing your course application or wish to request alternative formats (e.g. large print), please e-mail  or call 0131 297 8300 669 4400.

3. Acknowledgement of Application

Once you have submitted your application you will receive an acknowledgement by email. This will contain details of the course you applied for, how to monitor the progress of your application and also contact details if you have any questions or queries.

For some of our courses, you will be required to attend an interview before an offer is made. Certain courses may also require you to attend an audition, complete an assessment or bring a portfolio of your work.  Remember to tell the college if you require any special arrangements to be in place when you attend.

4. Conditional and Unconditional Offers

If you have been successful at interview you will be given either an unconditional or conditional offer. A conditional offer means you must obtain further qualifications or meet certain criteria before you are accepted. An unconditional offer means that you have been accepted onto the courses and are guaranteed a place.

6. Fees and Funding

Once you receive an offer of a place you should apply for online funding as soon as possible. Find out more about fees and funding.

Some courses have additional costs for kit or uniform which you will be required to be paid once you have accepted a place. 

7. Changes to Courses

Please note that courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation.

If you would like to discuss course options or need help to make your course application, please contact the course information team on 0131 297 8300 669 4400 or at  

Edinburgh College is committed to the provision of equal opportunities in all aspects of college life. We value diversity and aim to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations and eliminate discrimination, victimisation and harassment in all our activities. We are committed to providing an inclusive ethos and environment, where everyone feels welcome, supported and respected. We welcome and support staff, students and visitors from all backgrounds and circumstances, and with all the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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