How our application process works

We appreciate the investment that prospective students make in applying to our courses. That is why we have a dedicated team on hand to help you throughout the application process. Join us at our open day, one of our open evenings or in a webinar.

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Applications for the 2019/20 academic year are now open. 

Applications to our courses can be competitive as places are limited. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and supporting documents as early as possible. Some of our courses may also need time and support to find suitable placements. 

Our application process is developmental and we will work with you to make sure you are on the right course to achieve your goals. 

Before you start your application, please check that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. You can find out about specific course criteria by looking on the course information pages, or please contact us. Applicants who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved an IELTS grade (minimum of 6.5) that is appropriate for their course.

All Trust courses are applied for via our online admissions system MyTap, accessible via the relevant course page.  When you first apply to us, you will be asked to fill in a short registration form that will allow you access to the system.  After you have submitted your application, all your details will be held in your MyTAP Portal through which you will be able to review your application, select and confirm an interview and accept your offer of study.    The system allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it at another time. 

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation that it has been sent to us.  You can log into MyTAP at anytime to check the status of your application. 

We are happy to offer APL, an academic process that recognises your previous work experience and/ or study. Accrediting your previous learning and/or experience means you can use it to enter our courses at an advanced level or count towards your course requirements.

APL is an umbrella for two types of learning:

1. Learning gained outside the classroom at home, work or in a community setting. The key thing is that you have not taken an exam or coursework that assesses your experience or skills

2. Learning from course completion, passing an assessment and /or having a certificate. 

Please note that only certain courses offer APL. Please contact the recruitment team if you think that you may be eligible.

In terms of assessment and making the final award, APL credits are not taken into account when calculating your final mark for award. Therefore, your award will be calculated only on the modules that you have completed while on that course.

Please see further information about APL on our student regulations pages.


All our Postgraduate level courses require references that are submitted as part of the application process. When you apply, you will be asked to give the names of at least two people that we can contact for a reference. They will be contacted 72 hours after your application form has been submitted.

The majority of courses require two references but some can differ in the nature and number required so please check our course pages online. If you have studied with us before, we require that one reference be from a previous tutor if possible. Please note that we cannot progress your application to the next stage without at least one reference.

Once we have received your application it will be reviewed by recruitment advisors and our academic staff to verify whether you meet the selection criteria. The majority of our courses require an interview. If you are invited for an interview you will receive an invitation via MyTAP and you will be able to select an interview date and time. Some courses have individual interviews, some have panel interviews and some courses have both. In some exceptional circumstances, video conference interviews can be conducted.

All interviews are conducted in accordance to the Trust’s strict Admissions Policy criteria. If you require any assistance due to a disability, please let us know.  Full information regarding support for disabled applicants and students can be found here.


If your application and interview are successful, you will be sent a detailed offer of study in your MyTAP portal. It is important that you read the details of your offer carefully as it will set out any conditions and/or recommendations from the Directorate of Education and Training.

Due to the nature of our courses, many offers will be conditional upon certain requirements such as DBS checks being successfully carried out. These will be included in your offer letter. The Trust reserves the right to retract an offer where it is found that an applicant is not suitable for the course. If the academic team have considered your application to be unsuccessful, we will let you know and provide an opportunity for feedback. 

When you accept your offer, you will need to complete our online offer response form. Once we receive this, you will be sent a confirmation email which will guide you through the remaining steps required to complete registration:

1. Paying your fees
2. Joining the Library and access to online resources
3. Attending Welcome Week and induction event.

Before accepting your offer, we ask that you read our Regulations for registration and enrolment.

While some of our courses have earlier deadlines for applications, our formal deadline is Monday 8 July 2019. Applications received after the deadline date will only be considered if there are still spaces available on a course. We urge you to apply as early as possible before the deadline date giving yourself the best chance and enough time to prepare to start the course.

When a course is oversubscribed but you meet the entry requirements and were successful at interview, you will be offered a place on our waiting lists. We will endeavour to keep you informed of your place on the list.

If you have already started an application to a postgraduate course and would like to return to it to complete it, please click here to access your applicant portal.

If your course involves any clinical work, you will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before working with adults or children. This is a legal requirement.

If you currently hold a DBS on the online update service, you can give us written permission to look up your certificate and we will check that it is correct for the course you intend to study. If you do not have a DBS certificate, or are not registered for the online update service, you will need to obtain one:

  • contact the DBS office to obtain an application form for an enhanced disclosure on 0300 020 0190 
  • give the Tavistock Organisation number (2014 5000 006). 

When you receive the DBS application form, you will need to complete all the relevant parts and then bring your application form with the relevant ID documents for your course administrator to check. 

All details of the DBS application are logged on the student database by your course administrator. After this process the application is forwarded to one of our Trust counter-signatories. The counter-signatory has to double check the application to ensure it has been completed correctly and the correct ID documents have been seen and logged on the student database. Counter-signatories also log when the application was posted.

Once checked and signed off, the application is posted to the DBS office for processing.

Before you can pre-enrol on your course of study, you must accept the Terms and Conditions of study.  These terms will be stored in your MyTAP online portal for you to refer to at any time.

Read or download our Terms and Conditions for the upcoming academic year.

The academic term dates for 2019/20 are below.  Please note that some courses have slightly differing dates, please check with your course administrator once you have accepted your place of study:

2019/20

  • Monday 30 September 2019 - Friday 13 December 2019
  • Monday 6 January 2020 - Friday 20 March 2020
  • Tuesday 14 April 2020 - Friday 22 May 2020

If your course has a clinical or observation element then clinical work, clinical supervision and observation support may continue beyond the dates of the teaching year stated above. Tutorial and unit support will also be available.

Policy documents

Admissions