Application Process

When applying to university in the UK, for full-time undergraduate courses, you must make your application through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) via the UCAS online Apply system. UCAS will then send it around the individual institutions on your behalf. You will need qualifications, a personal statement and a reference. For some specific courses you may also need to:

- come to an interview 

- submit an art/design portfolio;

- sit an admissions test;

- provide evidence of relevant work or voluntary experience.

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

£13 for a single choice or £24 for more than one choice.

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 If you have already submitted an application via UCAS, contact for details on what you need to do to be considered for a place.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your English language skills through qualifications. 

Widening access students

We aim to identify each applicant’s full talent and potential and look beyond grades to do this. We consider you to be a widening access student if you:

- have successfully completed a pre-entry programme;

- live in a target post code area; or

- have experience of being in care. 

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 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 if you’d like to arrange a campus tour.

Deferred entry / Gap year

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 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.