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The University of Bolton accepts applications from students from all backgrounds. We assess every applicant on their own merit following the Student Admissions Policy and the criteria outlined for each specific course. Full details of our admissions policy may be found here.

For some courses, you’ll need to attend an interview, audition or other assessments, we may ask you to provide a portfolio of work.

You can find full details of all our course entry requirements and how to apply on each specific course page by searching the Course Finder.

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for full-time September entry, then please apply through UCAS. You can apply for up to five courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27.50.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN
  • Institution Code Number: B44

Tel: 0870 1122211


If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that you wish to apply for a single course offered by the University of Bolton for September entry then you may apply directly to the University using our online application form, please click on “How to Apply” from the specific course page to take you to the application link.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

  • Free of charge to apply
  • Secure, simple and streamlined
  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries
  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University
  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply for both UCAS and directly to Bolton during the same academic year, this will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements carefully and before beginning your application you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishment attending and previously attended and dates
  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role
  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload* in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format, personal statements may be word documents.

Your personal statement is your chance to explain why you would be a great student and a good match for the course you have chosen. We assess your statement alongside your academic achievements to help us decide whether to accept you onto the course. Your personal statement should outline:

  • Why you want to do the course
  • Where you think the course will take you
  • Information about any paid or unpaid work experience
  • Your interests and hobbies

References are a critical part of the application process and need to include the following information:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Academic performance
  • Time management skills
  • Information about any extra-curricular activities

Further information on how to apply for part-time undergraduate programmes, postgraduate taught programmes and CPD programmes, along with full details of our entry requirements, can be found on our specific course pages by searching the Course Finder.

We do offer a range of courses for our January intake, for full details of the courses that are available please visit our website, here you will also find our entry requirements and details of how to apply.

If you experience any difficulties during the application process please contact the Admissions Team by telephone on 01204 903394 or by email at

 *Not more than 10mb per upload

Important Information

You can find the University’s Admissions Policy and other relevant policies in the Student Policy Zone.

Before applying to the University of Bolton, we advise that you read through all of this information.

Offering you a place to study with the University means we are preparing to make a contract with you. This contract will be updated at various stages throughout the admissions process and during your time as a student.

The information in your offer, enrolment letters and key documents form an essential part of the contract. Therefore, it’s important that you read and understand them before accepting the offer and enrolling with us.

You can find the Terms & Conditions of Enrolment and Course Fees Policy in the Student Policy Zone.

If you are unhappy with the way your application has been handled, or if you want to request a review of the decision made on your application, you should make a request in writing by email or letter to the relevant Admissions Team:

Home applicants:

International applicants:

Postgraduate Research Applicants:

Following this, if you are still unhappy, the next step is to consult the Complaints and Appeals Process for Applicants, which can be found in the Student Policy Zone.


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