How to apply

Tips and advice on how to apply for a course at the Department for Lifelong Learning.

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How to apply


To study a full-time course, you will need to apply through UCAS.

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To study a part-time course, you will need to apply through our online application form.

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Before you apply

Before making an application, we strongly encourage you to read preparing to study at the Department for Lifelong Learning. You should check our eligibility and entry requirements to make sure you met them.

If you have any further queries you would like answering before you make your application, please contact a member of our admissions staff for further information, advice and guidance. Visit our events and open days page to register for our events and the chance to find out more about applying and studying with DLL. 

Writing your application

When writing your application, we encourage you to think about examples from all areas of your life, not just previous study, which have prepared you for the course you are applying to. Examples may include: paid work, voluntary work, travel, reading, hobbies, home or family life. Try to give clear examples of your experience and explain how this has prepared you for studying at University.

You should explain why you have chosen a particular course or subject area and what it is that motivates you. We also ask you to show that you have thought about why a degree with a foundation year may be the best route for you, about what studying at full- or part-time at University may involve for you.

After applying

We are committed to supporting learners from non-traditional backgrounds to succeed at University and consider a range of factors including previous work, life and educational experience. We will assess your suitability for the course you've applied for by reviewing your personal statement, which should outline your previous work and life experience, as well as your interest in the subject you have applied to study. All suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview and assessment day.

Information you discuss with us in the interview may be used to inform contextual decisions relating to your application or shared with your personal tutor and members of university support staff if we feel this will help with you transition into higher education. For more details on our policy regarding the use of contextual data please visit:

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