Application Process

So you are thinking about studying at West Lothian College but don't know where to start? We know the process can seem a bit daunting so we have created a step by step guide.

Full-Time Courses - How to Apply

Apply for your chosen course by applying online via the 'apply for this course' button. You can search by subject area, level, course type, or view the full course listing by clicking 'courses' on the top of the homepage on the website. You can only apply for one full-time course each year. 

Once we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement email with more information.

If you require further support and advice on how to apply for a full-time course please contact our Admissions Team on 01506 427385.

If you want to discuss your options, see the campus and ask any questions face-to-face, attend one of our open information events throughout the year. Dates can be viewed here

To view the West Lothian College application process visit: Application Process

Schools Courses - How to Apply 

You can now apply for our schools and Foundation Apprenticeship courses on our website in the same way you would apply for full-time courses. 

You should discuss your application with your school prior to applying, however we will notify your school once you have made an application on our website as these courses will then need to be taken as part of your course choice and incorporated into your timetable.

You will be asked to provide a short personal statement as part of your application, so before applying you should have a think about the reasons why you want to complete this course, any relevant experience you have and what your goals are after this course. 

Please note, only students staying on at school can apply for a schools or Foundation Apprenticeship course. 


Part-Time Courses - How to Apply

To view the list of part-time courses available, click on the courses page at the top of the homepage and filter by subject area, level, or view the full list of part-time courses.

Applications and enrolments should be made online through our website.

If the course requires an interview or there are entry criteria to be checked, you will see an apply button on the page which allows you to submit an application. After submitting your application you will be contacted by a member of our team regarding next steps. Once offered a place, payment will need to be made (or funding agreed) in order to secure your place. 

If the course does not require an interview or have specific criteria you will see the enrol now button and be able to complete the full enrolment process online. If enroling online, you will be asked for a photograph. This is for your student card and you can either upload a photo immediately, or skip this step and provide it to us by email or by coming in to the college. 

You will also be asked to make a payment, which can be done by credit or debit card through our online portal. Once paid, you have fully secured your place on the course.

If you select the option to pay later (if you have other funding, or are planning to pay with a method other than card) then you will be given instructions as to how to arrange future payment. Please note, your space is not confirmed until payment is made or a payment plan is in place. 

If you have any questions about the part-time application or enrolment process, please contact our Student Advice Team on or 01506427555/01506427558


Personal Statement

When filling out your Personal Statement, it is important to include the following information to support your application:

  • Why you want to do the course?
  • Any work experience?
  • Any relevant qualifications at school?
  • Where this course will allow you to go? – Are you wanting to progress or you going straight into work

The Personal Statement must be a minimum of 200 characters and maximum 2,000 characters, so please ensure you include as much detail as possible.

Please note that all courses are subject to change and cancellation dependent on demand.