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Apply NOW for 2023/Entry - Click to Download the Higher Education Course Guide 2023-24

Applications are still open for Septemner 2023 entry.

How to Apply – a step-by-step guide

To apply for a University Level course at East Surrey College, please search for the course of interest on the course listing page, then click APPLY on the course page.

The course listing page shows all the University Level courses available for 2023 entry. It's important to do your research so you will find all the important information here including the course leaflet.
Entry requirements vary for each course so it's essential to check you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course.

When you are ready to apply, click the APPLY button on the course page.

There are two ways to apply to Orbital South Colleges University Centre depending on the type of course you wish to study – either Full-time or Part-time. Our Client Services team can help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

By clicking the APPLY button from the course page, all Full-time applications should be made through,  quoting our UCAS Institution Code E32. 

UCAS Clearing opens on the 5 July 2023 

If you haven’t started a UCAS application by 30 June, you can still do so, but if you only want to apply to the College, you can apply directly at and we will process a UCAS application on your behalf. Please follow the instructions for Part-time courses below.

If you are applying for a Part-time Higher Education or Professional Level course, you should make your application directly to the College - once you’ve decided on the course you are interested in, click the APPLY button from the course page and complete the online application form.

Alternatively, you can access the online application form here. You can also get a copy of the application form by contacting Client Services via email at, telephone 01737 788444 or by popping into the office during opening hours.

We will contact you to confirm we have received your application.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview prior to being offered a place on a course.

If your application is successful, we will send you an offer and you must let us know if you intend to accept the offer. Once you’ve accepted, we will send you information on the enrolment process and to how to prepare for studying at Orbital South Colleges University Centre.


For all Higher Education courses, you are welcome to approach Orbital South Colleges University Centre directly for an informal discussion or to arrange to meet a member of the relevant course team. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer places on Higher Nationals or Foundation Degrees until your UCAS application has been received.

Different rules may apply during the Clearing period (early July to September), but this is subject to places still being available.

As demand is high we recommend that you apply for your chosen course as soon as possible. You will be offered a place subject to meeting the published entry criteria for your course and satisfactorily completing an interview. For Early Years FdA only, an enhanced DBS check will also be required. Any offer you receive will often have conditions attached.

Please note that in Higher Education, an offer of a place is not necessarily guaranteed merely by meeting the basic entry criteria. Many other factors must be taken into account such as your evidenced potential to study at a higher level and the likelihood of you completing the course. As is common across Higher Education, the College reserves the right to make an academic judgment based on these factors.

If you have Additional Learning Support needs, please discuss this with the College as soon as possible, ideally before you apply, so that we can offer suitable advice and support.

Your right to appeal an admissions decision

You have the right to appeal an admissions decision. This should be made in writing to Client Services within 14 days of being notified that your application was unsuccessful.

Closure of courses

This is always done in consultation with applicants, and with the offer of suitable information, advice and guidance if applications have been received. Any closure will be organised by the Head of Department contacting applicants individually in conjunction with the course leader and Client Services. All such closures require College Executive approval and the Head of Higher Education is included in this process. The College does not close programmes once enrolment has taken place, but should numbers become very low, support would be given to those wishing to transfer to another institution on a case-by-case basis. 

Accreditation Of Prior Learning (APL)

If you wish credits awarded by another institution to contribute towards your course, please contact Client Services to make us aware of this before the interview. It will be your responsibility to provide evidence as reasonably requested.

On the most basic level, you will need to bring your certificates to the interview, so a member of the academic staff can record these credits and consult with their manager as to the likelihood of APL. They will also require evidence of the learning outcomes of the modules/units you wish to claim so they can match them against the course you wish to study at the College. You may be asked for other evidence that supports your claim, for example, reports from an employer or marked work.

All cases of APL are very individual but basically require the College to collect evidence and assess this in a transparent and accountable manner. If it is not possible to transfer all or some of the credits, you will be given information, advice and guidance on why this is and what further actions you might have to take.

The College follows the procedures for APL as laid down by its Awarding Bodies. If relevant, there will also be discussions as to the best way to integrate applicants into the second year of a course.

Looking to Transfer?

Click to view our Higher Education Transfer Arrangements

Information, advice and guidance are available at every contact stage. More information can be found in the Higher Education Course Guide.


Address: East Surrey College, Gatton Point, London Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2JX

Main Switchboard: 01737 772611 / Client Services: 01737 788444 / Email:

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