How to Apply

There’s a lot of information to take in when applying to university, but we’re here to guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible.

How can I prepare?

If you haven’t already, it’s worth having a read of our Continuing Professional Development brochure, aimed at Health and Social Care Practitioners. You can view this brochure online – or order a copy by post.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about or you have any questions, please contact us on 0330 123 2023 or email us.

Once you’ve chosen your study day, short course, module or programme, you need to register your details with us in order to make an application. To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use the Bucks New University application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

Ensure you complete all sections of your application fully. When submitting your application, you will be advised of any additional supporting information we require. This may include:

  • clear copies of your highest qualification, such as your degree. You may also need to provide copies of your English language qualification
  • a written reference from either your employer or previous lecturers
  • a personal statement explaining why you wish to study this course and any relevant experience you may have
  • a clear copy of your passport and visa if applicable
  • a copy of your CV.

You don’t need to complete your application all in one go, so make sure you take your time and complete all sections fully, as if there is information missing your application may be rejected

Once you have submitted your application, this will be sent to our admissions team for review. Although there aren’t usually formal application deadlines for our continuing professional development programmes, it’s important to make sure you respond to any communication from our admissions team promptly. If you don’t, you may find that your application is automatically declined or rejected on your behalf, or that there aren’t any places available on your chosen course.

Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) Scheme

If you’re a registered practitioner, you can add to credits you’ve already accumulated at other higher education institutions through the Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This may also mean you’re exempt from certain parts of your course, and can avoid covering subject areas you’ve already studied and gained accreditation for. We also offer a short course for nurses and healthcare practitioners who need Level 5 academic credits before enrolling on a degree programme.

To benefit from APL, you’ll need to contact us to discuss it before you apply for any of our Continuing Professional Development programmes. An accreditation panel will decide the level of accreditation to be awarded, based on your academic and experiential learning achievements.

Find out more about what happens once you’ve submitted your application in our After Applying section.