Prepare your application

1. Choose a course

2. Check the entry requirements

All courses have their own entry requirements which can differentiate substantially depending on the programme of study. You’ll need to check this on a case by case basis by visiting the course page:

Pre-Sessional English

International Foundation Year

Undergraduate Part-Time

Degree Apprenticeships

International Students

We welcome applications from candidates offering many different international qualifications. You can see how your current qualifications equates to the British system here

We will also require evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to success in your chosen course of study.

For further advice regarding visa requirements please visit our Visa advice section of the website

3. Check the application deadlines

UK and EU Residents

If you’re a UK or EU resident, you are required to submit your application a month prior to the start date of the course you wish to apply for.

Outside the EU

If you’re from outside the EU, you may need to get a student visa. To make sure you have time to do this, the application deadline is 8 weeks prior to the start date of the course you wish to apply for.


Start your application

Applicants for: Undergraduate Direct, Pre-Sessional English, International Foundation Year and Degree Apprenticeship courses with a start date on or after 01 January 2020 can apply online now through our application portal. You don’t need to complete your application all at once, you can start now and save for later.

In order to avoid delays in receiving a decision, you'll need to upload scanned copies of all relevant supporting documents before you submit your application. Further information as to which supporting documents we require can be found below.

Academic references

We typically ask for one academic reference. Please refer your referee to the information below if they are unsure on the information to include:

What to include:

  • Post-16 academic performance and potential for success in higher education.
  • Suitability for chosen subject and career path, attitude, motivation and commitment.
  • Skills and qualities like aptitude and enthusiasm, plus current or past achievements that will help with chosen subject area.
  • Achievements, work experience, and extracurricular activities that relate to chosen course(s).
  • If you’re writing a reference for an international applicant, please write in English. If their first language isn’t English, please comment on their ability to write and speak in English and indicate if any of their studies were taught in English.

Supporting documents

Once you start your application the online system will inform you as to which supporting documents we require. The following information should help you prepare for your application.

All applicants:

  • Transcripts from your previous institution (current or completed) including translations if not in English
  • We recommend using UCAS’s helpful guide to find out what makes a good personal statement. You can also use our template to help write your statement. 

International applicants:

  • English language proficiency (if you have not taken an English language test at the point of application, then your result can be submitted later).