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Application Process for HE Courses

The application process varies depending on the type of Higher Education course you wish to apply for and how you wish to study it. This page concerns all applications for Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas (HNC and HND), Foundation Degrees, Degrees and Postgraduate programmes.

How to Apply

If you are applying for a full-time undergraduate course, including HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and Degrees, you will need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Our UCAS institution code is H14. 

If you are applying for a part time undergraduate course; the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); the Certificate in Education; or any postgraduate course, you can apply directly to us. This can be done using a paper application form available from the Admissions Team on 01708 462833 or email

Note for Teacher Training programmes: If you are applying for a University of East London validated Teacher Training programme, please contact the Admissions Team to request an application form. Contact details as above.

When to Apply

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses should be submitted online to UCAS between 1st September and 30th June. Applications made after 15th January are regarded as late by UCAS but will continue to receive equal consideration by us. 

Applications submitted to UCAS after 30th June will be processed through UCAS Clearing or UCAS Extra. It is not necessary to wait until A Level results day to make an application through Clearing or UCAS Extra. Please contact the Admissions Team for the availability of places on your chosen course. 

Applications for part-time undergraduate courses and all postgraduate courses, including Teacher Training, can be submitted to the Admissions Team at any time. There is no deadline for submitting applications, but we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

What Happens Next

We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email or letter, which will give you your student reference number. Please have this number to hand whenever you contact us on 01708 462833. 

The Admissions Team will check that your application meets our academic entry requirements. We may contact you if any relevant information is missing from your application. The academic team will screen all other aspects of your application. If you are invited for an interview you will receive an email or letter notifying you of the date and the interview process. The interview allows us to assess your suitability for your chosen course and gives you the opportunity to visit the campus, meet the academic team and ask any questions. 

Your application outcome will be sent to you by post. If you have applied through UCAS you will also be able to view and accept/decline your offer online through UCAS Track.

If you would like further information about any aspect of the application process please call the Admissions Team on 01708 462833 or email

Curriculum and Qualifications Reform: April 2016

Havering Colleges recognises that it is a challenging time for schools and colleges, parents and advisors and, most of all, students.  Education reforms and spending cuts can leave all concerned questioning the best route into Higher Education.  At Havering Colleges, we seek to ensure that our entry requirements are appropriate for the academic needs of our programmes and for the students we seek to attract to them. 

The UCAS tariff

Havering Colleges currently uses UCAS tariff points in making offers on courses.

The AS Level

 We will continue to accept AS Levels where they complement the academic profile of the applicant, regardless of the delivery model adopted by the applicant’s school or college.

Predicted A Level grades

Havering Colleges regards predicted grades as an indication of an applicant’s potential.  We understand that predicting grades when working with a new syllabus is challenging, and while we ask that schools and colleges do their best to make accurate and realistic predictions, we would like to reassure applicants and their advisors that we take a holistic approach to assessing academic potential.   

Applicants will go through a selection process that may include being invited to attend an interview with a curriculum expert before receiving an offer.  We do not consider predicted grades in isolation when making offers and they are not the determining factor in whether or not an offer should be made.


There has been significant reform to the structure and content of GCSEs from the year 2015.  Where we currently specify in our entry requirements that applicants require a pass grade in English and Maths, this equates to a grade C in the old GCSE grading system.  Where we have previously accepted Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications instead of GCSEs, we will continue to do so.

Further Advice

Impartial information and advice regarding the qualification reforms can be found on the UCAS website. For further information regarding entry requirements for all courses at the college please contact the Admissions Team.