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Frequently Asked Questions - Applications


Got a question? Need help with an application?

Check out the frequently asked questions below to learn about the application process, how to make an application and how to resolve any issues you may be having.


Applications have opened for courses at Belfast Met starting September 2024.

Applications for other courses starting from February 2024 until May 2024 also remain open.

Course entry requirements are set for each course before applications open. You should check course entry requirements carefully before you make an application.

Entry requirements are provided on the course details pages.

Applicants can review the courses applied for in their application account by clicking here. If you have forgotten your password, click here to get an email containing a link to reset your password.  

Contact us if you need extra support to apply or if you are attending Open Days, pre-entry advice sessions, assessments or enrolment appointments.  You can use contact details already provided.  If you are not sure who to contact, you can email studentportal[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk or telephone 028 90265 000

If you think that you have an offer but cannot the email, contact studentportal[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk with your name, date of birth and course(s) applied for.

You must accept your offer, record your grades achieved and upload evidence of your qualifications on your online application account. Keep your appointment with the College and discuss your options with a member of the Curriculum team.

Follow the instructions contained in your email. Record your qualifications achieved and upload evidence of your qualifications on your online application account. Make sure that you answer your phone and check your emails regularly particularly from results day onwards.

Log into your online application account by clicking here. Record each qualification you have already achieved and upload copies of evidence of your qualifications. If you have not yet received your grade, please enter Pending in the Grade box.

You must update Pending to your actual grades as soon as you receive them and upload copies of evidence to your online application account.

We cannot process offers until we have reviewed evidence of your qualifications. 

Log into your online application account by clicking here. Upload photographs of your evidence of qualifications achieved

If you have lost your exam certificates, you should contact the exams Awarding Organisation who awarded your qualification, e.g. CCEA, AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR, City and Guilds. Most Awarding Organisations have a section on their website for ‘replacement certificates’. You will have to pay for a replacement. If you are not sure which Awarding Organisation awarded your qualification, contact the school or college where you completed this qualification and they will be able to tell you.

Exam certificates are the preferred evidence for applications to Belfast Met, particularly for HE courses. In some cases, the College will accept your Statement of Results. The statement must be on school/college letterheaded paper showing the school stamp, principal’s name (printed), principal’s signature and date.

However, exam certificates are required for progression to study at any other Higher Education Institution, e.g. Ulster University or Queen’s University Belfast. Any form of evidence that states ‘provisional’ will not be accepted.

Applicants experiencing difficulty obtaining evidence of qualifications should contact the School Support Team as soon as possible.

Belfast Met is required to check your identity and your right to study at Belfast Met. A list of acceptable identity and right to study evidence is available here.

Log into your online application account and upload copies of the evidence. We cannot process offers until we have confirmed your identity and your right to study.

We understand that it might be problematic for trans students to produce official documentation such as photographic identification and birth certificates at enrolment and exam time. We therefore have in place a separate, confidential notification process to support trans students.

For confidential notification, contact the Head of Student Support email: studentsupport[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk

There is a free text ‘Other’ option available directly underneath the Qualifications line.

Either leave the grade box blank or enter ‘Pending’. Update all of your grades achieved and upload evidence of your qualifications on your online application account.

If you have applied for more than one course, you may receive other offers. You can only hold one offer for the course you are most interested in and you must reject any other offers you receive.

If you reject your offer, we will keep you on the course waiting list. This means that if you change your mind, or if you do not meet the entry requirements of your first choice, you may be offered a place on your second choice (if places are available).

This usually happens in late August/September. If you are no longer interested in the course, you should withdraw your application as soon as possible.

You can do this by contacting studentportal[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk to ask for your application to be withdrawn.

If you need more information and/or help, please email studentportal@belfastmet.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265.

Enrolment appointment emails will be sent to applicants with offers. Applicants on waiting lists will be contacted by phone or email if a place becomes available.

It is essential that you keep your enrolment appointment and our Curriculum Teams will discuss options with you.

Our staff can support you through the application process. To get started, email studentportal@belfastmet.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265.

If you have applied for more than one course, you may receive other offers. You can only hold one offer for the course you are most interested in and you must reject any other offers you receive.

Email studentportal@belfastmet.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265.

Log into your account by clicking here. Check that your contact telephone number is correct, and update it if it has changed since you first applied. We cannot progress your application if we cannot get in contact with you by phone.

Information and progress updates about your application will be sent to the email address you provided on your online application account.

Log into your online application account by clicking here. Check that your email address is correct, and update it if it has changed since you first applied. You will miss essential information if the wrong email address is listed.

Log into your online application account to update your address. To log in, click here.

The username is made up of the first part of applicant email address up to @ symbol. Contact Campus Admin on 028 90265 265 between 9am and 5pm or email studentportal[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk

Wait a few moments and try again. Sometimes the system needs time to recognise your account. If the message continues to be displayed, email studentportal[AT]belfast[DOT]ac[DOT]uk or telephone 028 90265 265 for help.

Check your emails from Belfast Met (emails may appear in your Junk Email inbox). If you have not received a confirmation email from the College, you may not have completed all of the steps to finish setting up an account. Repeat creating a new account.


If you continue to experience difficulties email studentportal@belfast.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265 for help.

Log out of your online application system. Remove courses from your basket. Search for your course again and add your course to the basket. Then log in again.

If you continue to experience differences email studentportal@belfast.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265 for help.

You can track your application by logging back into your online application account and use the menu on the left hand side to your details. You can also check courses applied for by checking your emails. We will update you on the progress of your application.

Log into your online application account to amend your name and address. To log in, click here.

Please include your name and the full name of the course you would like to withdraw from. Email studentportal@belfastportal.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265.

Courses starting between September 2023 and August 2024

You must be 16 years old by 1 July 2023 to apply to or enrol with us at Belfast Met.

Courses starting between September 2024 and August 2025

You must be 16 years old by 1 July 2024 to apply to or enrol with us at Belfast Met.

This is set out in the Further Education (NI) Order 1997.  Exceptions to this are the arrangements under formal School-College Partnerships – please contact us or your own post-primary school to check if this arrangement might be available to you.

If you have completed Year 12/Form 5 in school but will not be 16 years old by 1 July 2023, you should contact the Education Authority NI for further advice at info@eani.org.uk or tel. 02890 564000.

 Please email studentportal@belfastmet.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265 if you require any further information from Belfast Met to help with your query.

We have to check your identity and your right to study at Belfast Met. Log into your online application account by clicking here. Click here to check what evidence you will need. Upload copies of your evidence of your identity and your right to study.

IMPORTANT: If you are unable to upload proof of your identity and right to study immediately, you can still proceed with your application but we will ask you for this when you enrol. If you require help with this, email studentportal@belfast.ac.uk or telephone 028 90265 265 for help.

Students with a UK bank account that facilitates direct debit can arrange for fees to be paid in instalments if they are enrolling on a course(s) of 16 weeks duration or more and the total cost is greater than £200. Students will have to pay a minimum of 25% of the total fee at time of enrolment, followed by three consecutive monthly equal payments by direct debit. Fully completed Direct Debit Forms must be provided at time of enrolment.

If your fees are to be paid by the Student Loan Company (SLC) or by a sponsor such as your employer, please ensure that all the information is available to enable us to raise the appropriate invoices and to allow your sponsor to make payment on your behalf.


You must present a letter from your SLC or your employer at time of enrolment where possible. It is your personal responsibility to ensure that your fees are paid.

Tuition fees apply to the College financial year and are chargeable in each year of study. Tuition fees are payable in full at the time of enrolment and can comprise course fees, registration fees or any other charge relating to the course.  Payment is accepted by cash, credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard), direct debit or World Pay. 

Before you can enrol, you must upload a photograph of your Student Loan letter OR confirmation of Student Loan application. Log into your online application account by clicking here.

The latest update on access to buildings and car parks can be found here.

You will get your student ID card during the first week of your course. You will be given an appointment to go to Campus Administration to get your photograph and ID card.

Course timetables will be emailed to students after they enrol.

Information about uniform and kit requirements can be found on the course details pages.

Course timetables including the building you will be studying in will be emailed to students after they enrol.