The College of West Anglia

The application process

We try and make the application process as smooth as possible. Here you will find information on how to apply and what happens after you apply for your chosen courses.

Completing an application form

The first step to starting with us in September is to complete an application through our website (or HelpYouChoose or UCAS progress, depending on your school). It’s really easy to do – find a course you like and click ‘add to my applications’ to start your application.


The best way to apply for a course, is to look for the course you want to do and add it to your basket. Once you have added the courses you want to apply for, complete the application form.

  • First search for the course you want to do
  • Add it to your basket
  • If you want to add another course to your basket, you can
  • Complete the application form

School Leavers Applications

You can also apply through your school applications.

  • Students in Norfolk schools (speak to your school for advice) can also apply through HelpYouChoose
  • Students in Cambridgeshire schools (speak to your school for advice) can also apply through UCAS Progress.

Applications for this course open from September and close in June. If you want more information on the course, please visit the Acccess to Higher Education page for more information.


Our university has its own website now, please visit UcWA website for more information.


Applications for part-time courses should be made through the individual course information page; please use the course search to find the course you are interested in.


Having problems?

If you encounter any error with the online application process please leave feedback stating which form you are trying to use and a description of the problem.

Important information for international students

Due to changes in UK Border Agency (immigration) rules in April 2010, we are no longer able to support overseas’ student visa applications for further education courses. Therefore, unless you are an EU citizen (hold an EU passport) or have ‘settled’ status in the UK such as Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in your passport, we will be unable to process your application. In practical terms, this means that if you need a student visa to come to the UK to take this course, we cannot accept your application. If you do have ‘settled’ status and do not require a student visa to come to or stay in the UK, we can accept your application but will require you to bring your passport and any relevant immigration documents as evidence of your right to stay in the UK with you to your college interview. Please note that if you hold non-UK qualifications, you will need to ensure that these are at least equivalent to the UK qualifications required.

Higher education courses are delivered in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. Please see Anglia Ruskin’s website for entry requirements for international students.

What happens after I've Applied?

Applying to college can be a daunting prospect, which is why we have tried to make our admissions process as simple and easy as possible. With our student portal, you will have full control over your application by choosing your interview date, amending your personal information and accepting offers all from your phone or other device.


Have a look through our courses to see the many different areas in which we offer qualifications. From here, you can view each individual course page and find more information like what is included in the course and how it is assessed.

Once you have decided what you’d like to apply, you can complete your application. You can do this through our website by clicking ‘Add to My Applications’. You can do this on as many courses as you’d like!

If you are at school, they may prefer for you to complete an application via a different system (e.g. HelpYouChoose in Norfolk). Please click here and check with your school for more information.

It’s important that you fill your application out as correctly and with as much detail as possible; this will ensure your application is dealt with quickly and accurately.

If you are unsure about what you want to do, why not use our Career Coach software to help find the right career and course for you?


Once you have completed your application, you will receive an email on the next working day inviting you to login to our student portal, which is where you will manage your application.

You will need to create a password to login to the student portal. To do this, go to our password reset page and follow the instructions (you will need your user ID listed in the email).

Once you’ve logged in, you will see your applications and a task list which will tell you what to do next!


On receipt of your application, our admissions team will assess and determine that this is the right course for you based on your age, grade profile (predicted or actual) and intended career. We will contact you before recommending a different course.

If you have stated on your application that you have a medical condition, learning difficulty or criminal conviction, we may request more information so that we are able to process your application accordingly. This is to help ensure that we provide the correct support for you from the offset to ensure you are as successful as possible on your course.


Once we have assessed your application, you will receive a notification to login to the student portal to book an interview/information session slot for a time and date that suits you. This will give you an opportunity to discuss the course with the tutors to ensure it is the right course for you, to tour the college and see the facilities you may be using and to get a look at what life is like as a student at college. Depending on how your interview went, you will hopefully be given an offer for the course; you will have the opportunity to accept this offer at interview.

Your offer and the conditions will be listed on the student portal for you to refer to.


Once you have accepted your offer, we will send you detailed information about transport, course fees (as soon as we have them), financial support, equipment and anything else you will need to know about starting college. With this, you will also be invited in to a ‘Starting College’ evening to meet your classmates, tutors and have support with all the above information you will need to know before September.


If you still have questions about our application process or starting college, take a look at our frequently asked questions as you may find what you are looking for! Alternatively you can contact us on 01553 815271 or alternatively via email at