Application process

Application process


Make sure you're ready to apply

The following sections will guide you through the application process.

You should also read our entry requirements and  policies sections before you apply.

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Choosing your degree

Whether you have a specific career in mind or not, more than a third of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Whatever you study, the University of Nottingham will help you develop:

  • a critical approach to knowledge

  • the capacity for independent study

  • an awareness of research

  • the skills and attributes to be successful in employment

University of Nottingham graduates are consistently popular with employers, across all subjects.

The best starting point is to choose a subject you're really interested in. This will help you to stay motivated throughout your course.

Some degree courses - like medicine, physiotherapy, architecture and pharmacy - should be chosen based on your career aspirations. These courses provide a significant part of the training needed for these professions.

Our tips for choosing your degree

  • Be realistic and think through all your options carefully

  • Contact admissions tutors to talk through your options before you submit your UCAS application – they can offer invaluable help and advice

 

 
 

Applying through UCAS

If you’re applying for a full-time undergraduate degree course (even if you already hold a degree), you must apply through UCAS. Information about applying is available on the UCAS website, or from your school, college or local careers centre.

Please note that UCAS dates are subject to change. For the latest dates and more information about applying through UCAS, keep checking their website.

Completing your UCAS application

Please ensure that all sections of the UCAS application form are completed and that all the information (including details of past and future qualifications) is correct. Failure to do so may result in delayed decisions or offers being rescinded.    

Your UCAS application will ask you for a campus code. You will only need to complete this if your course is available at more than one campus (nursing, for example).

Making your UCAS application stand out

The following things will help you make your application stand out:

  • Academic ability and potential, as shown by your GCSE results (or equivalent) and predicted or achieved grades
  • Strong reasons for choosing the course at Nottingham and motivation to study a particular discipline
  • Related work or voluntary experience showing commitment to a chosen career (particularly important for courses with a vocational aspect)
  • Extracurricular activities, achievements and interests
 

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is your opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

We want to know what interests you about your chosen course and what you hope to gain from it. Think about what it is about the subject which interests you - refer to topics you've already studied and also to your wider interests in the area. It's also worth reflecting on any reading that you have done on the subject, work experience and any extracurricular activities that you do.

If your personal statement is based on a different course to the one you are applying for, we may ask you to send in an additional personal statement. Further guidance on completing your personal statement can be found in the entry profiles on the UCAS website.

 

Your school reference

Your reference should be written by someone within your most recent educational institution.

If you are studying on a one-year post A level course (such as a Foundation Year), your reference should be completed by this institution rather than the school/college in which you took your A levels.

If you have been out of education for some time, a reference from your work or relevant work experience may be acceptable. See also the role of the school reference

 

Key dates and deadlines

To ensure equal consideration for your course, your application must reach UCAS between 1 September 2020 and 29 January 2021 for entry in September 2021. See below different deadlines for medicine and veterinary medicine courses.

The final deadline for home/EU and international applications is 30 June. However, as the application deadline for UK students for equal consideration is 29 January and admission to our courses is competitive, EU and international students are advised to apply by 29 January.

Please also note that for many of our courses, we will not be able to accept any applications after 29 January. If you are applying after this date, please contact the Admissions Office or look on the UCAS website to see if the course is still available and whether your application will still be considered.

Please note that UCAS dates are subject to change. For the latest dates and more information about applying through UCAS, keep checking their website

2021

Applications can be sent to UCAS from

September 2020

If you have applied for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine and science courses, you must apply by

15 October 2020

You are guaranteed equal consideration if you apply by

29 January 2021

For all courses except those with a 15 October 2020 deadline and some art and design courses.

If you don't have any offers, UCAS Extra opens on

25 February 2021

You can apply for your university accommodation from

1 March 2021

You will be guaranteed a place in university-arranged accommodation as long as you apply by the date specified on our webpages.

If you are a UK student, you are guaranteed university accommodation if you apply by

12 June 2021

If you have received all of your decisions by 20 May 2021, you must respond to offers by

10 June 2021

You must submit your application by

6pm (UK time) on 30 June 2021

UCAS will enter any applications received after this date into Clearing (UK, EU and international students - excluding UCAS Extra applicants)

Your last day to apply through UCAS Extra is

4 July 2021

If you're studying for International Baccalaureate (IB) qualifications, your results day is

5 July 2021

If you're an international student at the University of Nottingham, Clearing opens on

5 July 2021

If you received your last decision by 13 July 2021, you must respond to offers by

14 July 2021

This includes UCAS Extra applications

If you are an international student, you are guaranteed university accommodation if you apply by

2 August 2021

If you're studying for Scottish Advanced Higher (SQA) qualifications, your results day is

10 August 2021

If you're studying for A level or advanced diploma qualifications, your results day is

10 August 2021

Clearing vacancies will be published on

10 August 2021

If you have a conditional offer and need to provide outstanding results, you must do so by

31 August 2021

The final deadline for submitting your application to UCAS is

6pm (UK time) on 21 September 2021

If you are an international student or you're transferring from our China or Malaysia campus, you can take part in the International Welcome Programme from

late September 2021

Welcome (Freshers') week will take place from

20-26 September 2021

Autumn term begins on

27 September 2021

If you are applying through Clearing, you must add your choices by

19 October 2021

2022

Applications can be sent to UCAS from

18 May 2021 

If you have applied for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine and science courses, you must apply by

6pm (UK time) on 15 October 2021

You are guaranteed equal consideration if you apply by

15 January 2022

For all courses except those with a 15 October 2021 deadline and some art and design courses.

If you don't have any offers, UCAS Extra opens on

25 February 2022

You must submit your application by

6pm (UK time) on 30 June 2022

UCAS will enter any applications received after this date into Clearing (UK, EU and international students - excluding UCAS Extra applicants)

 

 What happens to my application?

  1. Once you have made your application through UCAS we will receive a copy of your application form automatically
  2. You will receive an invitation and unique log on details for our applicant and student portal MyNottingham
  3. Your application is sent to the admissions tutor or officer who will either make a decision or invite you to an interview, depending on the course you are applying for

Our decision will be communicated to you by UCAS. You should hear from us with a decision, an invitation to interview or an update on what is happening. If your fee status is unclear, we will contact you.

Many of our courses receive more applications than we have places available and in these cases, it may be that a decision can’t be made about your application until late-February - to ensure that all applications from before 29 January are treated fairly. If this applies to you, you will be informed of this when you submit your application.

When writing to the university about your application, always state your name and address (as given on your application form), your UCAS personal ID number and the code and name of the course for which you are applying.

Tracking your application

Log in to UCAS Track to view your choices and stay informed about the progress of your application. Information is updated throughout the application cycle to keep you updated of any developments as they happen.

 

Applying for medicine and veterinary medicine courses

If you are applying for a medicine or veterinary medicine and science course, your application should reach UCAS by the earlier date of 15 October 2020.

You are advised to enter four choices for medicine or veterinary medicine and science courses on your UCAS application. The final choice may be used for an application to another degree course or left blank.

You should be aware that if you make more than four choices for medicine or veterinary medicine and science courses you will be contacted by UCAS to withdraw a selection, which will delay your application.

 

Deferred entry

The university is normally happy to accept applications more than 12 months before the date of admission if there are good reasons - for example, if you will be gaining relevant work experience, spending time abroad to improve your languages, or need to obtain a university place before being considered for industrial sponsorship.

 

Local applicants

The university welcomes applications from students who live locally and actively fosters close links with nearby schools and colleges to encourage more candidates to apply. You can find out more at the widening participation website.

 

Mature applicants

All programmes welcome applications from mature students. There are a number of different approaches to entry requirements for those with a break in their education. See our entry requirements page for further details.

 

Applying for part-time study

Potential part-time students will need to apply through the MyNottingham online portal. Admissions staff will assess your application and some may wish to interview you. The university will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you don’t have login details for the MyNottingham system or have forgotten your login details, please submit an enquiry.

 

Applicants with disabilities

Applicants with a physical disability, long-term medical condition, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD), sensory impairment or mental health issues can find additional information on our support pages.

 

International applicants

If you would like more information and guidance about applying to the University of Nottingham as an international or EU student, visit our contact details and country-specific information pages.

 

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