We use an online application system (CAMs).
You can access CAMs at: Online Application and Review System
You will need an email address to register an account in CAMs. This is the email address that we will use to communicate with you throughout the application process. Please don’t use a school email address as you won’t be able to access that once you leave school and we need to stay in touch with you over the summer.
Once you set up your account and submit your application you will be able to:
- Track the progress of your application.
- Accept your selection date or request an alternative.
- Accept or Decline any offers.
- Apply for FE Bursary/EMA, Discretionary or Childcare Funds.
Online application video guide
You can also view all these online application guide videos on our YouTube channel.
Please view our Privacy Notice about Student Applications (PDF).
Completing your application may include writing a personal statement. This is your chance to tell us about you and your interest in the course you're applying for. Please see our Personal Statement Tips to help you get started.
What if I can’t apply online?
Paper application forms are available. If you require assistance to complete your application please make an appointment with our Help Point staff, book online at https://bit.ly/da_hp_book or call 0300 123 10 36.
What happens when I apply?
Each course has different entry requirements. If you meet our entry criteria and we still have places available for that course, you will be invited to a selection appointment. Our staff will assist you through the selection process and your performance at the appointment, along with any other selection criteria, will help us to make a decision about your application.
For more information about our application and selection process please see the Understanding the College Application and Selection Process online course.
Who should I ask to be my referee?
A referee is someone who can comment on the character, work ethic or qualifications of another person. Applicants who are currently attending or have recently left school are required to have this reference completed by their Pupil Care & Support Teacher or Head Teacher. Other applicants should ask a person who knows them well, but is not a family member/friend.
What do I need to know about my selection appointment?
You will receive an email confirming the date, time, location and type of selection you are required to attend. You will also be advised if you need to provide/upload or complete any additional information. Please be aware that due to current restrictions, your selection appointment may take place remotely by telephone, Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
You may need to wait for a selection appointment. There are a limited number of places on each course, and as we offer course places throughout the application period, the course may be full by the time your selection appointment is scheduled. If this does happen, we will try to let you know before your selection appointment. Places may still become available if other people do not accept their place or attend their interview.
What if I receive an offer?
You need to confirm in your online application account if you are happy to accept the offer to hold your place. You can only accept one full-time offer; all other applications will be cancelled once you have accepted an unconditional offer.
If you would like to cancel or withdraw your application, you can do this online via CAMs or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I know if I am not successful?
A decision on each application will be sent to you by email. We may offer you an alternative course or you could be invited to an appointment with our Access team or Student Services Team to discuss alternative options.
What happens after I’ve accepted an offer?
The final step in confirming your place is completing your onboarding registration, this will open in mid-July 2022.
You will receive an email from us in July about how you access the onboarding system and what you need to do. After you've completed the onboarding registration you'll have access to College systems including your timetable and College ICT account, plus you'll be able to upload your picture for your student card.
Before you start your course, please check out your funding options. Applications open in April for SAAS (for HNC/HND/degree level courses) and in late May for bursary/EMA (below HNC level courses). To ensure your funding is in place for your course starting, please apply for funding as early as possible.
Who can I speak to if I am unsure about applying?
Please contact our Help Point staff. They can provide general guidance and advice on information related to courses, careers, progression opportunities and all aspects of student life and they will contact our Student Services Team if more specialist advice and guidance is required.
When to apply
Online application is now open for courses starting in January/February 2022 and also for courses starting after summer 2022.
You can apply for a maximum of 3 courses at a time.
There are no fixed closing dates for applications, however places fill up quickly so please submit your application as soon as possible.