How we assess your application

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 may consider:

  • Your qualifications (such as GCSEs, A and AS Levels, and their equivalents).
  • Your predicted grades in future examinations.
  • ation 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.

Our decision

We aim to process decisions as quickly as possible. However, given the volume and quality of applications we receive, we are not always able to make a decision immediately. At busy times of the application cycle, particularly towards the October and January deadlines, there may be delays processing applications, both at UCAS and within the University. Where we are not able to make a decision for some time, we will contact you to explain the situation.

Some departments do not begin considering applications until after the 15 January deadline. Departments which interview will not make a decision until the interviews have taken place. In both cases, you should receive a letter or email from the department explaining the procedure.

When we have made our decision, we transmit this to UCAS. You can view the status of your application through the UCAS website track facility.

We will also send you an email to let you know that we have made our decision. If we have made you an offer, this email will confirm the details of the course on which we have offered you a place, and include information about course content and tuition fees.

Our offers

All our offers are made by trained admissions selectors/tutors. We are committed to making offers that are appropriate to each applicant and therefore selectors have the discretion to formulate and vary the level of offers.

We only make offers to students who we believe are capable of benefiting from, and successfully completing, the course.

All offers are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

Conditional offers

Most offers will be based upon the portfolio of qualifications being taken in Year 13 or the last year of secondary education, and will normally be conditional upon achievement in three A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

We recognise that some UK schools and colleges in particular may not be able to offer their students the required range of qualifications and subjects. If this is the case for you, please ask your school or college to indicate any limitations in provision in the reference part of your UCAS application.

We understand that some applicants may have had their number of A/AS Level subjects restricted through specific personal circumstances. If this is the case for you, you should contact us as early as possible to discuss the suitability of your qualifications and the circumstances that have impacted on your studies.

Offers may also be conditional on other, non-academic, conditions such as the receipt of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

If you have any questions about your offer you should contact the Admissions Service directly via our Applicant Information Desk (AiD).

Unconditional offers

Unconditional offers are only made to applicants who have already met all the academic requirements for entry to their chosen course.

Applicant Open Days

Applicants are usually invited to an Applicant Open Day once they have been offered a place. This is an opportunity for you to meet some of the staff and students, and find out more about the course you have applied for and about the University. Some departments will invite you to come to Sheffield before making you an offer, to assess your qualities and discuss your application.

If you are invited to visit a department, we strongly encourage you to attend as this should help you make an informed decision. You will find out more about the course and the University, and get a better feel for what it would be like to be a student in that department.

Feedback on your application

We feel it is important that unsuccessful applicants have the opportunity to receive feedback on their application. However, it is not possible to provide every applicant with feedback, so we only provide feedback in response to requests made to the Admissions Service. Once feedback has been issued, we may not be able to respond to additional requests for information on the same application.

We recognise that there may be occasions when applicants wish to make a complaint about the way in which their application has been treated. Where applicants feel they may have a cause for complaint, they are invited to consult our formal Appeals and Complaints Procedure for Applicants.