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How to Apply

A Guide To Making An Application
Click on the ‘Find a course’ option to check out available courses.
You have decided to join us – so what next?
Using the course search facility, take a look at what the College has to offer. When you search for a course, a list will be displayed then click on the hyperlink to obtain more information.   
Once you find a course you are interested in, click on the Apply on Line option to add your course to the basket.     
When you have finished browsing, click on Apply Now where you will be directed to the online self-service portal. Follow the on screen instructions to submit your application.

Completing the online application form
You will be able to create an account with unique username and password. Please note that you require a valid email address to create your account. If you already have an account created, please make sure you use the same email address and password.
Anyone who experiences difficulty completing an online application form should in the first instance use the (i) icons displayed on the screen or contact the relevant Campus Administration office on 028 9026 5265 during office hours. 
You can apply for up to a maximum of 5 applications. Add the courses to your basket before submitting your application. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note that during peak times, this email may take up to five days.    

Pre-Entry advice and guidance
Once your application has been received, you will be invited to attend a pre-entry advice and guidance session. Attendance to the session is mandatory.  
After attending the pre-entry advice and guidance, one of the following will happen:
  • If you currently hold qualifications which meet/exceed the entry requirements and there is a place available, you will be invited to enrol immediately at which point you will enter a contractual agreement with the College agreeing to enrolment terms.
  • If you are awaiting results and think you will meet/exceed the entry requirements and there are places available, you will receive an OFFER.
  • If you do not hold or are not awaiting results at the required level your application will not be successful. The College invite you to contact the Careers and Employability Team.
  • If you meet or are expected to meet/exceed the entry requirements but no places are immediately available, you will be placed on a waiting list.

When you receive your offer, you will be given an appointment to come into the College, once you receive your examination results. You must attend the appointment otherwise your offer will be withdrawn. 
If your application is at 'Wait' or 'Late' make sure that you have provided us with a valid email and mobile/home contact number. Ensure that you check your emails and mobile for updates about your application. Should a place become available, you will be asked to attend the College with your actual examination results. 
Remember: You can check your application status when you log onto your student portal account. 

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning
The College recognises that some adult learners will have substantial industry experience and may not have formal qualifications to demonstrate skills, knowledge or capability. The College will work with such applicants to identify appropriate evidence equivalent to the entrance criteria. Once an application is received by the college, applicants are asked to provide qualifications achieved and pending. Applicants can indicate at that stage if they wish to have Prior Experiential Learning recognised. 

Some points to note before submitting your application:

  • Your application will be processed by the Academic School that you have applied to.
  • If you have a query relating to your application, please contact the appropriate School using the contact details provided in communication to you.
  • An applicant can apply for up to five courses.
  • Applying for more than five courses will delay processing of your applications.
  • Applications are required for all courses that have pre-entry requirements. This means that all full time courses require an application. Some part time applications have pre-entry requirements and also require an application.
  • Applications open on 28th January 2017.  You do not have to wait on your results before you can apply.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee a place on that course.
  • Check that you meet the entry requirements detailed in the 'Entry Requirements' section for each course.
  • The earlier you apply the better your chance of securing a place.
  • You will be invited to a Pre Entry advice session which you must attend to continue with your application.
Application through UCAS
Application for some courses has to be made directly through UCAS. To do this, applicants should contact UCAS at tel: 01242 222 444 or via the UCAS website: Information required to apply through UCAS is clearly displayed under relevant course details page.
Please note: UCAS operate their own submission deadlines and application procedures. Please check with UCAS for most up-to-date information.

Paper based application

We encourage you to apply online. If you would rather complete a paper based application form please contact our Admissions on 028 9026 5265 and select option 2.

Criminal convictions

To help the College reduce the risk of harm or injury to students and staff caused by the criminal behaviour of other students we must be made aware of any unspent criminal convictions. Students must declare all unspent criminal convictions using this Criminal Convictions Disclosure Form. Certain courses require us to consider spent and unspent criminal convictions therefore in certain circumstances you must also disclose spent convictions using this Enhanced Criminal Convictions Disclosure Form. If you disclose criminal convictions you will not be automatically excluded from the application process. The criminal disclosure process is a risk management process. This is a separate and confidential process in keeping with the data protection principles. You will be advised about the outcome of this process separately and as quickly as possible. You need not discuss this with the course team. Disclosure forms are available by calling Campus Services; telephone 028 9026 5265 Option 2 to request one or you can download by following this link.

Please complete as accurately as possible declaring all criminal convictions and place the form inside an envelope marked “Confidential for the personal attention of Head of Student Support” Titanic Quarter Campus and deliver or post to the College.
To find out more information about the release of this information and guidance on your convictions please contact the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO) on 028 9032 0157.

Support for Care Experienced Young People
The Belfast Metropolitan College has been awarded the Buttle Trust Quality Award. This means that we actively encourage students who are in care or have been in care to apply to courses at the College and offer support to each student while studying here. If you are in care or are care experienced and you are in need of additional support, please contact:
Jennifer Campbell, Learning Support Officer, TQ – 2- 60 jennifercampbell[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk TEL: 028 9026 5162

Belfast Metropolitan College has made every effort to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate and up-to-date. The College cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omissions or ambiguities and reserves the right to revise, alter, discontinue or cancel courses once they have commenced. The location referenced may be the primary location and you may have to attend at an alternative site.

Entry Criteria

The courses in this prospectus are aimed at a wide range of abilities. Please refer to the entry requirements to assess if the course is right for you.

Minimum entry requirements
Please note that where insufficient numbers of students are recruited, the College reserves the right to withdraw the course or a specific course element. If you are unsure about the choice and level of a course, please feel free to avail of our Careers & Employability Service on 028 9026 5066.
The over-riding consideration in admitting students to any further or higher education programme is a professional assessment of objective and available evidence in concluding whether a learner has demonstrated the attributes and competency to complete the course satisfactorily.
The College welcomes applications from students who do not have academic qualifications but who wish to apply by virtue of experience.
Please note: at all levels, admissions criteria may be enhanced by the College if a course is oversubscribed.
General entry requirements for full-time further and higher education programmes at Belfast Metropolitan College are outlined below.
Exceptions to minimum entrance requirements
Some courses may enhance the entrance criteria above the minimum. Exceptions are noted within the requirements under each individual course.
Further Education (Level 1 – 3)
All courses are delivered in the English Language, apart from language specific courses. Full-time students who do not have English as their first language should be able to provide an English Language certificate at Level 2/GCSE level.

Level 1 and Entry Level

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July  preceding the academic year. 
  • Students must be well-motivated and have completed a programme of general education to Key Stage 4 which would enable them to benefit from and succeed on the course.
Level 2
  • Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July  preceding the academic year. 
  • It is preferable that students have at least three points at Level 2 (GCSE or Essential Skills).
  • Students must be well motivated and have completed a programme of general education which would enable them to benefit from and succeed on the course.
Level 3 (Vocational)
Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July  in the year of proposed entry to the course  and been in education to Key Stage 4. Students must possess one of the following:
  • Four GCSEs at grade C or above (in some circumstances, applicants with a qualifications profile equating to 12 points with a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above will be accepted).
  • BTEC First Diploma or Certificate (with a qualification profile equivalent to 12 points or above).
  • NVQ Level 2 in a relevant subject area.
  • Leaving Certificate (a profile equivalent to 12 points of which three subjects must be at grade C3 or above at ordinary level).
Students admitted to a programme of study without a grade C or above in GCSE English, Mathematics or ICT will be required to undertake Essential Skills qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT at Level 2. Students will have the opportunity to undertake repeat classes in GCSE English and/or Mathematics. Students undertaking Level 3 ICT Diploma or Extended Diploma will be exempt from having to undertake ICT Essential Skills.

Level 3 (A Levels) and Level 3 (A Levels) – One Year Fast Track
Please click here for entry requirements

Higher Education (Level 4 +)
All courses are delivered in the English Language, apart from language specific courses.    Full-time students who do not have English as their first language should be able to provide an English Language Certificate at Level 2/GCSE level. 
Applicants must:
  • Have evidence of competence in written and spoken English and Numeracy, equivalent to Level 2 certification in each subject or GCSE grade C.
  • Have attained at least 12 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications.
  • Have attained a pass in at least one GCE A Level subject or equivalent Level 3 qualification. Applicants should have attained a minimum of 80 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved qualifications.
The College reserves the right to increase the entrance criteria for all higher education provision based on demand and required academic standards as specified by the awarding body/validating organisation.
Please click here to view the UCAS tariff tables

Alternative Approved Qualifications
  • Belfast Met will accept as alternative approved qualifications:
  • Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in three approved subjects at Ordinary Level, together with a minimum of 80 UCAS points gained at Higher Level
  • BTEC National qualifications (Level 3) awarded by Edexcel
  • OCR National qualifications (Level 3)
  • NVQ qualifications (Level 3)
  • A minimum of two passes at grade D or above in Scottish Highers
  • The European, International or Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Satisfactory completion of an approved Access course
For further information or enquiries about alternative qualifications recognised, please contact our admissions team or the course team lead as identified within the programme information. All courses as detailed on the QCF (Qualifications and Curriculum Framework) will be taken into consideration.

Admissions Policy February 2017 - Link