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Tameside College Access and Higher Education

Beaufort Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 6NX, UK
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How to Apply

Application Process

When applying for a course at Tameside College you will have three options available to you, via our online form, via UCAS (the University and Colleges Admissions Service) or in person. Below sets out the process for each:

Online application

Search our full-time/part-time higher education courses on the website and find the one you are interested.  Click the ‘Apply Online’ button and make an application directly to the college. You can also click 'Apply Now' under the chosen course to apply direclt.y

Apply Online


You can apply for our full time/part time higher education courses, including HND and Foundation Degrees, through UCAS. UCAS charge an additional fee to students applying for HE courses. This is dependent on if the student applies for a single course at one Higher Education establishment or a variety of courses. For further information please visit the UCAS information webpages.

Apply to UCAS

In person

Throughout the year we host a number of open events, but you are welcome to visit us anytime of the year to discuss your options and make a direct application.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements differ dependent on the course you wish to apply for. Please refer to the 'Entry Requirments' section under the course you are interested in.

Recognition of prior learning

At Tameside College, recognition of prior learning includes work experience, other qualifications, volunteer activities, and any relevant training or skills that may not directly relate to the course but demonstrate a higher standard of learning. This evaluation is conducted on an individual basis during the interview stage to ensure each student's unique experiences and achievements are appropriately acknowledged and credited.

Recognition of prior learning at Tameside College can be evidenced through various forms of documentation. This may include:

  1. Certificates and Transcripts: Proof of any previous qualifications or courses completed.
  2. Reference Letters: Letters from employers, supervisors, or mentors that attest to your skills, responsibilities, and achievements.
  3. Portfolio of Work: Samples of work completed in a professional, volunteer, or personal capacity that demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge.
  4. Work Experience Documentation: Detailed records of employment history, including job descriptions, duties performed, and duration of employment.
  5. Professional Development Records: Certificates of completion for training programs, workshops, or seminars attended.
  6. Reflective Statements: Personal statements reflecting on your experiences and learning outcomes, explaining how they relate to the course.
  7. Performance Reviews: Appraisals or evaluations from previous employers highlighting your competencies and contributions.

These evidences help in assessing the level and relevance of your prior learning during the interview stage.

Please see our for HE Admissions & Recruitment Policy further details


The deadline for each course is dependent on the start date and is usually 7 days before the actual start date. If the course has not yet started and you are past this deadline please contact the college as their may still be availablity for you to study.

Interview Process

We will acknowledge your application online and keep in touch by post and/or email. Dedicated members of the higher education team will invite applicants for an interview. This is an opportunity for the teachers to find out more about you and your experience.


Conditional and, sometimes, unconditional offers may be made to candidates following the interview. The offer will take into account previous experience and qualifications.

Further Information

For further information about our admissions process please refer to our Admissions and Recruitment Policy.

For information about 'How to fund your studies' see below;

 - For Access Courses, refer to "Funding your Access Course"

 - For HE Courses, refer to "Funding your HE Course"