Apply on UCAS (Institution code: C99)

Applying to university is a big moment in your life but one that can provide a fantastic platform on which to build your career. To give you a helping hand we’ve created UoC Life, a series of resources to assist you through the UCAS application process, featuring useful guides and advice on how to make a strong application.

Watch our video below where two of our previous graduates, Zoe and Jo, talk around their experiences during their application.

Further advice

For more advice about writing your personal statement, check out the guide we recently presented on Facebook.

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Application process

Step 1

Find your course

We offer courses in a range of subjects, from Acting to Zoology. Browse our course list and decide which course you would like to take.

Step 2

Apply through UCAS

All full-time undergraduate applications should be made on, it is advised to apply before 15 January to secure your place. 

You can apply for up to five courses at a time. The UCAS application costs £13 for a single choice and £24 for 2-5 choices. Although the main deadline is 15 January, there are still additional application periods throughout the year until Clearing in August.

Apply on UCAS (Institution code: C99)

Step 3

Come for an interview or audition

Some of our courses, such as healthcare, teaching, policing and arts, require an interview or an audition. Our admissions team will get in touch with more information if you need to come for an interview.

Step 4

Accept your offer

If we decide to offer you a place, you will receive email notification from admissions with any conditions you need to meet. You will need to accept this offer on UCAS.

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Frequently asked questions

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability - check our course pages for the specific entry requirements. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement. 

What should I put in my personal statement?

Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience.

If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace.

Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What happens next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement. If you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date.

If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course, we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

Interviews and auditions

For professional courses such as teaching, healthcare and policing, you'll be required to attend an interview.

Similarly, applicants for art and performance-based courses are invited to provide a portfolio of work, or to prepare for an interview/audition/workshop as appropriate. Some courses allow you to submit an ePortfolio.

If you are asked to attend an interview, you will be provided with detailed online resources to enable you to prepare.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

Additional clearances

Health and DBS clearances

In addition to academic entry requirements, if you are accepted onto any course involving a placement (for example, teaching, health/social care and sport) you will need a satisfactory occupational health clearance and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance prior to registration.

There is normally a charge for completing the DBS disclosure procedure. You will also be subject to any other national professional requirement introduced prior to your admission.

Courses that require DBS

When can I apply for accommodation?

If you choose us as your firm (first) choice, you will be invited to apply for accommodation in March. 

In the meantime, check out the range of accommodation we have available at the university.



International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details:

When do I apply for my student finance?

You should start your application as soon as Student Finance England (SFE) or Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) opens for the coming year, usually in February. We will send you a reminder when SFE is open to new applications.

NB: You must apply before the deadline of the end of May to make sure that receive your finance in September.

Student finance

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