September 2021 Applicants and Enquirers

Information that will impact on new students looking to join Abertay

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students to Abertay in September 2021.

We’ll update this page with the latest applications information as it becomes available and you can keep an eye on our Guide to Academic Year 2021/22 page for updates on what to expect when you arrive.


If you’ve not yet applied, we’re still accepting applications. 

Please get in touch with our friendly admissions team at to discuss your application.

If you’re a UCAS applicant, you can see your application decision in UCAS Track.

Deferred Entry

Once you hold an Unconditional Firm offer from us, you can decide to change the year you join us by asking to defer your offer to the next intake. This is easy to do right up until shortly before the start date

Applying for Accommodation

You’ll be able to apply for accommodation once you’ve accepted our offer.  Applications for accommodation open in late spring, but don’t worry, we’ll be in touch by email to let you know when accommodation applications are open.


Abertay graduates who want copies of transcripts should contact

Abertay’s approach to admissions

We recognise the disruption Covid-19 has caused to your education. We'd like to reassure you that we will take the impact of the pandemic into account when assessing applications.

UK nations - exams

Although many examinations have been cancelled this year, we want to reassure you that we continue to assess applications in line with our published entry requirements. 

Each UK country has alternative certification models in place and we will accept grades received from these models as having equal validity to grades awarded in previous years.


On Tuesday 8 December 2020, the Scottish government announced the cancellation of the 2021 SQA examination diet.  The SQA has developed an alternative certification model that aims to ensure learners receive their results in August as planned.  Students will receive their results on 10 August.  Further details are available on the SQA website or your school. 

I’ve received my provisional results from my school or college.  Can you confirm my offer now?

We understand that some applicants may be given provisional grades by their school or college during June 2021. Universities will only be able to accept officially confirmed grades which we will receive from awarding bodies in August 2021.

If you think you haven't met your offer conditions based on your provisional grades, please try not to worry.  We are here to help. Once we’ve received your official confirmed grades, we will confirm if you have met your conditions from Tuesday 10 August 2021.  If you have any mitigating circumstances we will take those into account then.


On 6 January 2021, the government confirmed that students taking GCSE, AS and A levels regulated by Ofqual in summer 2021 should be awarded grades based on an assessment by their teachers.  Students will receive their AS/A Level results on 10 August and GCSEs on 12 August.

More information is available on the government website or from your school.


Learners undertaking GCSE, AS and A levels approved by Qualifications Wales will have their qualifications awarded through a Centre Determined Grade model. Further details can be found on the Welsh government website -

Northern Ireland

On 2 February, the government confirmed alternative awarding arrangements for summer 2021.  More information can be found on the Department of Education website -

International Applicants

We are aware that each country has different measure in place.  If your examinations have been cancelled and you will be awarded calculated grades from a recognised examination board, we will accept these grades as having equal validity to grades awarded in other years.

If your examinations are delayed, we will offer additional flexibility with the start date of our courses where possible.

When will you confirm my offer?

We will confirm offers once we’ve received your officially confirmed grades from the relevant awarding bodies.  In most cases, this will be during July/August.


UCAS decision dates

UCAS has a series of deadlines. This is when you must make a decision about which offer you want to accept from courses and universities. Personal deadlines will always be on UCAS Track.

  • If you receive your last decision from a university on whether to offer you a place on or before 20 May 2021, your reply date is 10 June 2021 (except if you're using Extra to find a place).
  • If you receive your last decision from a university on whether to offer you a place on or before 13 July 2021, your reply date is 14 July 2021 (including Extra choices).


Our friendly colleagues can answer any questions you have, either by email or by setting up a telephone call or MS Teams/Skype session with you.

If you live within the UK, email

If you live anywhere else, email