Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Applying for a HE Course

How to apply for a HE course

Please check the individual course leaflets for the entry requirements for each course.

There are two ways you can apply for a Higher Education course at CRC, depending on which course you’re interested in:

  1. Apply through UCAS (full-time HNC/HND courses only)
  2. Apply directly to the college using our HE Application Form 1920 (full-time, part-time and Foundation Degrees)

Completed application forms and references should be returned to The Admissions Office, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT

If you have any queries, please email our admissions office at

After applying – what to expect

Your application will be administered by our Admissions Office. They are responsible for admissions to full-time and part-time higher education courses for UK and EU applicants.

Our Admissions Officers check application forms and confirm offers, as well as sending you your joining information.

Admissions Administrators support the process by dealing with enquiries, setting up applicant records, setting up interview dates, sending letters and requesting any outstanding documentation required to process your application.

All courses have specific entry requirements and offers. Interviewing is an integral part of the admissions process and all applications are considered for short-listing and interview.

Your CRC Identity Number

This is generated on receipt of your application and is shown in the header of all our emails/letters. Please be sure to quote it in any correspondence with us.


If we do not have all the information we need in order to make a decision on your application we will contact you for further information and will give you a deadline by which you need to respond. Please reply promptly and before the deadline. If we do not receive a response from you by the deadline we may presume you no longer wish to pursue your application.

Special needs or support

If you have indicated a special need or support requirement because you have a disability or medical condition, your application form will be forwarded to our Personal Support team who will contact you.


All applicants will be invited to attend an interview. If you do not attend you will be sent a letter asking if you require a further date. If we do not receive a response from you by the deadline your application will be withdrawn.


You may be asked to provide copies of your educational certificates, or other supporting documentation.

Written work

You may be asked to write on a specific topic, or supply assessed written work, to help us make a decision on your application. If this is required we will send you the relevant information in your invitation letter.


All applicants for Higher Education courses have to supply a reference. If you are under 19 and/or have been in full-time education for the last 2 years, your reference should be from your current or most recent school or college. If you are 19 or over and in employment, please supply a reference from your current employer. If you are 19 or over and haven’t been in employment or full-time education for the last 2 years, you will still need to provide a written reference from a responsible person other than a family member or a friend. We would request that the reference includes details on the following areas: predicted achievement or application to work tasks, motivation, general behaviour and relationships with others, attendance, punctuality, reliability and other relevant comments.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Information

The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) They search police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information, and then issue a DBS certificate to the applicant.

Applicants for courses that will work with vulnerable people such as the Foundation Degree in Early Years, Playwork and Education will have to provide a current DBS certificate.

Third Party Contact

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998) we may not discuss your application with a third party unless we have received written permission from you to do so. If you wish to nominate a third party to communicate with us on your behalf please email the Admissions Officer with authorisation and details of their name and contact information. If you are going to be out of the country you may find this to be of particular benefit.


A decision will be made on your application once we have all the necessary information, this may include interview outcomes, test results, portfolio or written work.
If you are invited to interview you will receive further information at your interview on when a decision will be made. Please read the details of any offer very carefully. You will be expected to meet the requirements of your offer within any deadlines given, if you will not be able to meet these please contact the Admissions Office immediately, do not wait until the deadline. If you do not understand something in your offer letter please contact the Admissions Office who will be pleased to clarify it for you.

We consider all applications fairly and offer places to applicants who have the potential to benefit from our courses.

Access Agreement

Access Agreement for students enrolling on Foundation Degree programmes at Cambridge Regional College (FdSc and FdA) should refer to the Access Agreement as provided by Anglia Ruskin University. They can be accessed on the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) website. You should refer the year of study in which you become a learner (e.g. starting in September 2017 or January 2018, you should refer to the 2017-18 document, if you started in September of 2015, you should refer to the 2015-16 document).

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.