Applying to Candi FAQs

How do I apply for a course at City and Islington College?

You can apply for courses by clicking the 'Register your interest' button next to your chosen course and following the instructions on screen. For most courses you’ll apply directly to the College. For Higher Education courses you’ll need to apply through UCAS. Alternativly you can complete this application form 

You can find step-by-step instructions and more details about UCAS applications on How to apply.

How do I apply for a Higher Education course through UCAS?

You can find out about how to apply here or take a look at our FAQs for applying through UCAS.

What if I haven’t got time to complete my application in one go?

No problem. We understand you might want to spend a bit more time thinking about some of your answers. Just click 'Save' and 'Log off' at any point, then log back in when you’re ready to carry on. 

I’ve submitted my application. What will happen next?

After you’ve finished your application, you can log in to see how your application is going.  

What is the deadline for submitting applications for courses starting in September?

Applications (including a completed reference) for A Levels, must be received by 31 January.

UCAS applications for Higher Education courses must be submitted by 30 June. Applications received after this date will be taken as Clearing applications.

For all other courses, we recommend you submit your application by May to secure your place. If we receive your application after May we may not be able to invite you for an interview. You will be invited to attend enrolment in September to see if there are any places available.

What if I have missed the deadline date?

For A Level courses we will consider applications received after the deadline date if there are spaces available on the subjects that you have chosen.

If you have missed the UCAS deadline for Higher Education Courses you can apply through Clearing.

For all other courses, you can attend enrolment in September to see if there are places available on our vocational courses after scheduled enrolment have taken place. 

I’ve asked my school for a reference but they haven’t given one yet – can I send in my application without it?

In some cases we will progress your application without a reference, however you’ll need to provide a fully completed reference form when you attend your interview.

For Sixth Form College applicants only:

You must ensure a fully completed reference is submitted by 31 January in order to be considered for an interview. We will only accept applications after this date if there are places available on your chosen course.

How can I check the progress of my application?

Alternatively, please email or log in if you have applied online. 

I’ve made an application but I’ve changed my mind about what course I want to do. Can I change it?

Yes of course. You can email our Admissions team at to let us know what you would like to apply for. Please be sure to include your City and Islington College ID (if you have this), your full name and your postcode in your email. This will help us to locate your application form.

How can I change the details on an application I have already submitted online?

Email the admissions team on with:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • Application Reference (if you know it)
  • Details of what you would like to remove/add.

How can I change the details on a paper based application?

Email  with:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • Application Reference (if you know it)
  • Details of what you would like to remove/change.

What address should I post my paper application form/a paper reference to?

Central Admissions Team, 383 Holloway Road, The Marlborough Building, London, N7 0SP. 

I’ve been offered a place at City and Islington College - how do I accept?

If you applied using a paper application form you will be sent an acceptance slip with your offer letter which you need to fill in and send back to the College.  Alternatively you can email the relevant centre to confirm your offer by email or login. 

What happens after I've submitted my College application online?

If you've applied online to study with us, we'll contact you by email, phone or letter to invite you to an interview. For some courses, a decision may be made based on the information in your application and an interview will not be necessary.

When are interviews for course places held?

What do I need to think about for my interview?

  • Prior to your interview, you’ll receive an invitation letter that will tell you what you need to bring with you e.g. identification, qualification certificates, employer reference.
  • Don’t be late. But if you are late, ring the number on your interview letter so that we can rearrange your interview.
  • If you have applied for a Performing Arts course, you will have an audition as well as an interview. Make sure you're dressed appropriately for the audition.
  • Remember that it’s normal to be nervous. Make a mental list of your achievements and don’t be tempted to embellish on the day!
  • Let your interviewer know if you have any special educational needs or disabilities, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about any aspect of the course.
  • Be enthusiastic!

Read our blog for more tips for preparing for a college interview and what to expect.

Why choose us?

Why choose us?

City and Islington offers excellent teaching, an unbeatable central London location, great facilities and affordable accommodation.

How to apply

How to apply

Applying for a course with us couldn't be easier, just click the 'Add to basket' button and fill out your details. Find out more here.