Welcome to the ARU Support Hub. Take the mystery and confusion out of applying to university - we've answered the most frequently asked questions and concerns we hear from applicants.
If you struggle with certain academic skills and you’re worried this might hold you back, our friendly and supportive experts at Study Skills Plus will be able to help you throughout your degree.
Not at all! You don’t necessarily need to know what career you want, but while you’re studying with us we would love to help you try and work out what you want to do next. That’s why we offer a wide range of services to help support you and prepare you for tomorrow’s workplace.
Our Employability Programme is very popular with our students, as it works with you throughout your time at ARU. As you explore your interests we can help you secure work experience, placements, volunteering opportunities and we even offer support for your start-up ideas.
It can take up to four weeks to consider applications, so we recommend you apply at least a month before your preferred start date.
If you're interested in applying for a postgraduate research course, please visit our Research admissions page.
If you're considering going to university, seeing the course fees and estimating the cost of moving out can be very overwhelming. However, the important thing to remember is that there are lots of different types of financial support available.
Undergraduate study can be funded by using a combination of student loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries. Your entitlement to these is calculated on an individual basis. However, the tuition fee loan is available to anyone applying for an undergraduate course at a publicly-funded institution. This will cover the full cost of your course, so there's no need to worry about paying for the course itself.
There is also a loan available to cover your living costs whilst you are at university. The amount you are entitled to depends on your household income and where you choose to live whilst studying. You can use the Government’s student finance calculator to find out how much you maintenance loan you are entitled to each year.
Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to additional grants and allowances. These are typically income or needs assessed and have been created to ensure that higher education is accessible to all. You can read more about time in our grants and allowances section.
Most universities offer scholarships are bursaries, which change from institution from institution. For example, at ARU we offer an Achievement Scholarship that is available to any undergraduate students that have earned ABB (128 UCAS points) or above. This could entitle the applicant to an extra £2,000 worth of funds. It’s worth finding out if there are any scholarships or bursaries you can apply for that will help with the cost of studying.
There are plenty of options when it comes to making university affordable. Make sure you find out what exactly you are entitled during the application process.
The cost of university is one of the most common concerns amongst applicants. At ARU we have a range of grant and scholarship programmes that can help you get the financial support you need to complete your studies.
If you’re taking out a student loan with Student Finance England, you won’t have to repay anything until the April after you graduate. Even then you’ll only pay 9% of any earnings over £25,000 a year. After 30 years any outstanding loan will be wiped regardless. It’s a system designed to ensure that you contribute to the repayment in line with what you earn after university.
It's common for students to need to work part-time during their studies in order to cover their living costs. That's why ARU has an on-campus recruitment agency called the Employment Bureau, which can help to find you paid part-time work opportunities that fit around your studies. Our job vacancies board features a wide variety of internal and external roles that could complement your studies or just earn you a bit of cash.
Clearing is a system that matches applicants to university places that haven’t been filled yet.
If you have made a UCAS Undergraduate application that doesn’t hold any offers, you are able to apply for Clearing.
Clearing is a great opportunity for many applicants for a number of reasons. You may not have met the terms of your conditional offers. You may have decided at the last minute that you would like to apply for university. Or you may feel that you want to change your course or original university choice.
You can check ARU’s Clearing course list from 1 July. We also accept Clearing applications from 1 July. Clearing typically runs through to September, but we recommend applying early to avoid disappointment.
Definitely! If it’s been a few years since you took your last exam, that’s no problem. No matter what you’ve been doing since you were last at school, you can always apply through Clearing to kickstart your education career again. If you already know your results, you’ve got a head-start. Simply find your course and apply online from 1 July. We’ll get back to you before A-level results day, so you can start preparing for your exciting new chapter.
We understand why you might not want to accept a Clearing offer if you haven’t visited the university, which is why you can drop-in to ARU for a campus tour most days throughout Clearing. Our student ambassadors will be happy to show you around whichever campus you have applied for. These drop-in visits are available from Thursday 15 August until Friday 23 August. If you are interested in coming to see us during clearing, please see a full list of our opening times below.
15th August - 6am to 8pm
16th August - 6am to 8pm
17th August - 7.30am to 5pm
19th August - 7am to 8pm
20th August - 7.30am to 6pm
21st August - 7.30am to 6pm
22nd August - 7.30am to 6pm
23rd August - 7.30am to 6pm