Got lots of unanswered questions about applying for university? We've answered lots of common queries below to help you de-mystify the application process.
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.
UCAS Tariff points are allocated to many qualifications, most being studied between the ages of 16-18. Some universities incorporate UCAS Tariff points as part of their entry requirements, which is why it’s important to know how many UCAS Tariff points you currently have, or are predicted to achieve.
We’ve developed a simple and straightforward process to help you write a really good personal statement.
We call it the 'three-sheet method' (you can do it on three sheets of paper) and we've successfully used it to help hundreds of students.
We've also had lots of feedback showing that using this method helps to make the whole process much easier.
Applying through EXTRA gives you a chance to gain a place at university before your results are available. This way you won't need to wait until Clearing tp get an offer.
If you’ve used your five regular UCAS choices and are not holding any offers because you have withdrawn from them, declined them or have not yet received an offer, you are eligible to apply through UCAS EXTRA.
You will be able to apply for UCAS EXTRA from 25 February. All you need to do is log in to UCAS Track, and if you are eligible the option to apply through EXTRA will become available to you.
You’ll then be able to search for your relevant course using the UCAS search tool and add your choice on UCAS Track. You can only apply for one course at a time but if you wish to withdraw your choice or are unsuccessful you can then choose another.
Your chosen university has 21 days to make a decision and get back to you. When you receive an offer, you can firmly accept or decline it, and you have until 20 July to do this, after which time the offer will be automatically withdrawn and you will be entered into Clearing.
If you need any help or guidance or would like to find out about any of our courses, please call us on 01245 686868 or take a look at our course pages. You can also read about UCAS EXTRA on the UCAS website.
For some school leavers, taking a gap year before they start university can be an exciting way to get some real world experience. If you've found a course and university you like, there's no need to miss out on a space. If you know you want to take a gap year before you apply, find out if the universities you are interested in take deferred entry application. This way you can apply and put the start date back by a year.
If you've already started your university application, but you've decided that a gap year might be a good option for you, get in touch with the university as soon as possible. They can tell you if they are able to defer your application to the following year. If deferred entries aren't available, you will have to re-apply for the following year.