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.
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.
Choosing your year of entry
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.
You will need the university’s code (GCAL 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.
£22 for the 2012 entry application cycle or £23 for the 2013 entry application cycle. If you only apply to one course at one university or college, you pay £11 for 2012 entry, or £12 for 2013.
We recognise that mature students 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 the Admissions Tutor, as named on each programme page, for further details.
Open days & events
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.
If you’d like to arrange a campus tour let us know and we'll be happy to arrange it for you.
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 speak with Admissions Tutors 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.
Struggling with all the dates and tasks? To help you see what and when you should be doing things throughout the year check out our handy application timeline.