Application Process

When applying to university in the UK, for full-time undergraduate courses, you must make your application through UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You must make your application via the UCAS online Apply system. UCAS will then send it around the individual institutions on your behalf.

University code

You will need the university’s code (GCU G42) and the course code of the programme to which you are applying (you’ll find this within the course information). You can make any combination of up to five choices on your application form.

Application fee

The application fee is £23 for 2 -5 choices, or £12 if you are only applying for one programme.

When to apply

The deadline for UCAS applications is January 15 of the year you hope to start your programme. Applications received after this date will be considered as late.

International students

International students applying for undergraduate programmes through one of our overseas-based GCU representatives, can do so directly to the University. Contact a GCU representative in your country for advice on applying direct.

Between July and September, you can apply directly to the university if you have not already applied to other institutions via UCAS. For an application form and more information, contact undergraduate@gcu.ac.uk. If you have already submitted an application via UCAS, contact undergraduate@gcu.ac.uk for details on what you need to do to be considered for a place.

College students

The year of entry should be made clear in the ‘choices’ section of the UCAS Apply electronic application. When applying to year one of a programme, this box should be left blank. For entry into the second or third year of a programme, you should enter the year in this box. For example, if you are applying to start in Year 2, put 2 in the box.

Mature students

We recognise that you can acquire knowledge and skills from a whole range of learning experiences, formal and informal. Our mission to 'provide flexible life-long learning opportunities' to students from a wide variety of backgrounds and at different stages of life means we are pleased to receive your application if you have non-traditional credited or experiential merits. Contact StudentEnquiries@gcu.ac.uk for further details.

Open days

Most universities hold open days at various times of the year. This gives you the opportunity to meet with staff to discuss your options and to ask any questions you may have. We usually hold our open day during the second week in September each year. If you can’t attend the open day, most universities are happy to arrange for you to visit at a mutually convenient time.

Contact ukroenquiries@gcu.ac.uk if you’d like to arrange a campus tour.

Deferred entry

Some students choose to apply for a university programme one year in advance, with the intention of taking some sort of a gap year before you start. It’s always advisable to contact StudentEnquiries@gcu.ac.uk for advice before applying for deferred entry. You should indicate your deferred entry choice in the ‘choices’ section of UCAS Apply system, ticking the ‘Deferred Entry’ box.

UCAS Extra

Applicants who have been unsuccessful or declined offers for all five choices are eligible to apply with using an extra choice to available programmes through UCAS Extra. The Extra procedure operates from late February to early July. You should check advertised vacancies in Extra on the UCAS website before applying.