How your application is assessed

We look for students who are motivated and inquisitive, and have the necessary academic preparation and personal attributes to benefit from the University's learning environment.

Your application will be assessed primarily, but not solely, by reference to your prior and predicted academic achievements. It will be individually assessed by experienced admissions staff who have been appropriately trained and can exercise discretion in interpreting the range of evidence you have provided.

In assessing your application, we consider:

  • Your qualifications (such as GCSEs, A and AS Levels, and their equivalents).
  • Your predicted grades in future examinations.
  • The information in your personal statement.
  • Your referee's statement, for confirmation of your academic potential and personal qualities.

We also take account of other available information to ensure we have as complete a picture as possible of your potential, such as:

  • Whether you are from a socio-economic group currently under-represented in higher education.
  • Whether you have participated in one of our outreach schemes, or have completed our Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) foundation programme.
  • Any additional information supplied by your school or college that makes reference to extenuating circumstances that may impact, or have impacted, on your studies. Statements should be submitted using our Disrupted Studies form.

Our assessment methods are fair, valid, and applied consistently. We are particularly keen to ensure that all our applicants have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their potential, their achievements and their skills. For details of the additional information we consider in the application process, please refer to our Contextual Data Policy Statement.

Attending an interview

For most courses interviews are not a prerequisite for admission, but some departments interview to further assess the motivation and personal qualities of applicants. Departments which interview include Medicine, Dentistry, Orthoptics, Human Communication Science (for entry to Speech Science) and Social Work. Other departments may also interview applicants.

Departments which interview will provide a clear explanation of the reasons for, and structure of, the interview.

How our decision is made