Applying for an Online Course

It's easy and free to apply

To apply for an online course, you will need to fill in our online application form in English. It doesn't cost you anything to apply, there is no obligation to enrol and once you've started your application, you have 30 days to complete it.

Once we have received your application and supporting documents (such as qualifications or references), we will review it and contact you within 2 weeks to let you know if you have been successful or not. Read more about the application process.

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The enrolment process

The steps below detail the stages and activities you will go through to submit your application and then continue through enrolment.

Please ensure you submit your application and enrolment in line with the deadlines, which are each detailed in the sections that follow.

You will first need to submit an application for the programme you wish to study.

Please ensure you submit your application and provide all supporting documentation ahead of the application deadline.

Once your application has been processed and any queries are resolved, you will receive an offer (subject to meeting to entry requirements for the programme).

You must accept your offer in writing by replying to the offer email.

Once you have accepted your offer, and the enrolment window opens, you will receive a password creation email and an 'Invitation to enrol' email and you will begin the enrolment process.

Please refer to the full guide below for additional support on creating a password and submitting your enrolment.

Please ensure you submit your enrolment ahead of the enrolment deadline.

Once you have submitted enrolment, you will be able to access your course and begin the induction activities. Please note: this may take 48 hours.

Before your place on the programme can be confirmed, you will need to submit the required payment for your course or provide a sponsorship letter or evidence of Student Finance being in place.

Once you have submitted your enrolment and made a payment, your enrolment will be checked and any queries will be raised with you.

You will need to ensure you respond to such queries ahead of the enrolment deadline.

Once payment is received and enrolment verified your enrolment will be confirmed.

You will receive a confirmation email which will advise you of the next steps to start your studies.

All student tiles will now be available to you in UDo.

If you have not already, please ensure you complete your course induction by following the induction pathway as instructed in the confirmation email.

Once term commences you can log on to UDo and commence your first module.

When should I apply?

For most of our courses, you can start in either January, May or September. It's best to apply early so you can secure your place and beat the rush.

Our aim is to support all students to have the best possible opportunities to succeed and so our application and enrolment deadlines are in place to ensure you stand the best chance of doing so. To join the programme any later would be detrimental to your success and adversely impact your assessment outcomes. It is therefore vital that you take note of the dates below and ensure you submit your completed application and subsequent enrolment in time.

Intake Application deadline Deadline to accept offers and send all documentation Enrolment opens Enrolment deadline Term starts Term ends
May 2024 18 April 2024 9 May 2024 15 April 2024 23 May 2024 28 May 2024 2 August 2024
September 2024 14 August 2024 4 September 2024 12 August 2024 18 September 2024 23 September 2024 29 November 2024
January 2025 18 December 2024 8 January 2025 16 December 2024 22 January 2025 27 January 2025 4 April 2025
May 2025 16 April 2025 7 May 2025 14 April 2025 21 May 2025 26 May 2025 1 August 2025

Some online courses have distinctive application and admissions processes, and therefore their applications deadlines may differ to those stated above. Where this is the case, you can find details on the course page ‘How to apply’ section.


Once your application is complete, you will be invited to enrol onto your programme and make your module selection.

For information on how to enrol, please read our enrolment guide.

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Taking into account prior learning

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Career impact

Online student Mo Aledeh helps patients on their journey to recovery in a hospital psychiatric department in Austria. Gaining a deeper understanding of his patient’s issues would help him in his role. Our online counselling courses have helped him find that understanding.

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