Make your application

Our main advice is to take your time.  Start early, do a draft version and ask other people to read it through for you. The more time you take to write and check it, the better it will be. Here are some key dates that will help you.

Register for UCAS

You apply through UCAS: the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). To do this, register for a UCAS account and view step-by-step instructions on how to fill in your UCAS application.

If you’re at school or college, they’ll usually arrange sessions to support you through the process. They will also give you their buzzword for UCAS to ID you as one of their applicants. This is so they can help you if you need it. If you’re not at school or college, you apply as an individual.

There is an ‘Apply’ link at the top of every course page. You'll need to apply using the link from the course you have chosen.

Choices: Firm and Insurance

You can make up to five choices.

Once you have your five responses, you’ll need to pick your top two university options: your firm choice and your insurance choice. You should only do this once all your university choices have replied.

Your firm choice is your preferred university and course, while your insurance choice is there as a back-up in case you don’t get the grades you need for your firm.



Choose an adult who understands your skills and achievements. If you are in education, this is normally a teacher who knows you well.

If you are not currently in education, we need someone who can give an professional, balanced opinion. This can be someone like a former employer, a guidance counsellor or a sports coach. It should be someone who understands your motivation, skills and achievements.

UCAS will contact them for a written reference so give them time to respond by applying before Christmas.

Your personal statement

This is your chance to shine. Make sure you:

  • Write clearly and precisely.
  • Are enthusiastic and positive.
  • Give your reasons for choosing the course.
  • Write about your academic skills and give examples.
  • Tell us about jobs, hobbies and volunteer experiences.
  • Include your future career plans.
  • Most of all, explain why you have chosen this course.

All these things show us why you are well suited to the course you’ve applied for. And yes, we do read EVERY SINGLE one.  UCAS also have some good advice about how to write your personal statement.

When to apply

You can apply between 5 September and 15 January.

15 January is the final deadline, but we strongly recommend applying before then. The earlier you apply, the earlier you’ll get your offer. Find all the important deadlines here.

If we have spaces left on the course, there may be opportunities to apply up until the end of June. Please don't forget Clearing, which starts early July and runs through into August. 

We can't guarantee you a place, but it's worth contacting us to check if the course has spaces available.

Still have questions?

Call the Student Recruitment Office on +44 (0)1382 308080 or email


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