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Continuing Professional Development Application Guide

Continuing Professional Development Application Guide

There’s a lot of information to take in when applying to university, but we’re here to guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about, or you have any questions, please contact us on 0330 123 2023 or email us.

How to Apply


Once you’ve chosen your study day, short course, module or programme, you need to register your details with us in order to make an application.

To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use the BNU application portal.

If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.


Please ensure you complete all sections of your application fully.

When submitting your application, you will be advised of any additional supporting information we require. This may include:

  • clear copies of your highest qualification, such as your degree; you may also need to provide copies of your English language qualification
  • a written reference from either your employer or previous lecturers
  • a personal statement explaining why you wish to study this course and any relevant experience you may have
  • a clear copy of your passport and visa if applicable
  • a copy of your CV.

You don’t need to complete your application all in one go, so make sure you take your time and complete all sections fully, as if there is information missing your application may be rejected.


Once you have submitted your application, this will be sent to our admissions team for review.

Although there aren’t usually formal application deadlines for our continuing professional development programmes, it’s important to make sure you respond to any communication from our admissions team promptly. If you don’t, you may find that your application is automatically declined or rejected on your behalf, or that there aren’t any places available on your chosen course.

So what happens next?


We will send you an email to confirm that we’ve received your application. It’s worth adding our email address to your list of approved contacts so that you don’t miss any communication from us.


We’ll make sure your form is fully completed and that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. If we need any further information to process your application, such as copies of your passport or qualifications, we’ll email you to let you know.

As many our programmes are professionally based, we will review your qualifications and work experience in order to determine your suitability.


If there’s anything contained in your application that required further information, we will contact you. Once we’ve received all the necessary information, we’ll make a decision on your application.

We will either:

  • ask you to attend an interview - we’ll send you an email with more information about your interview, but where possible course teams will contact you via email or phone to discuss your information
  • send you a conditional offer - this offer is made if you’re currently completing your qualifications  
  • send you an unconditional offer - this offer is made if you’ve met all the entry requirements
  • reject your application - if your application isn’t suitable, we’ll contact you to advise you of this; in some cases, we can also provide additional feedback but we can’t always guarantee this.


If we have made you an offer, congratulations! You’ll need to respond to us to confirm that you wish to accept this offer.

If your offer has conditions attached, you’ll also need to ensure you meet these before the start of the course. For example, if you are waiting to complete qualifications, you’ll need to scan and email us a copy of your certificates once you’ve received them.

Closer to the start of your course you will receive Joining Instructions from us. This will include details about your enrolment, and anything extra you may need to do before you get started.

Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) Scheme

If you’re a registered practitioner, you can add to credits you’ve already accumulated at other higher education institutions through the Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) scheme. This may also mean you’re exempt from certain parts of your course, and can avoid covering subject areas you’ve already studied and gained accreditation for.

We also offer a short course for nurses and healthcare practitioners who need Level 5 academic credits before enrolling on a degree programme.

To benefit from APL, you’ll need to contact us to discuss it before you apply for any of our Continuing Professional Development programmes. An accreditation panel will decide the level of accreditation to be awarded, based on your academic and experiential learning achievements.

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