How we assess your application
In considering your application, we consider:
- Your achieved academic performance in level 2 and 3 qualifications (GCSEs, A and AS Levels, and their equivalents)
- Your predicted performance in future examinations
- Your personal statement
- Your reference
- Any additional statement supplied by your school or college regarding any special personal or extenuating circumstances which may impact, or have impacted on your studies.
Alongside these factors, we may also take into account the educational context in which your academic achievements have been gained. For further information please see the section on School Performance in our Admissions Policy.
The majority of courses do not require an interview as part of the selection process. Where an interview is included in the process, this is made clear in the individual entry requirements. The purpose and format of the interview will be communicated to you clearly in advance so you know what to expect and what role this plays in the overall selection process.
The most important aspect of your application will be your achieved or predicted academic results, as this is the best predictor for success on one of our degree programmes. Personal statements will be considered, but mainly to identify any mitigating or extenuating circumstances that may have affected your achieved or predicted grades.
Where personal statements are considered more closely, we would want to see:
- Your reasons for the choice of subjects taken at A level or equivalent and, where appropriate, the relevance of those subjects to your chosen degree course;
- Why you have applied for a particular course and how this relates to your current and previous studies and experiences. If you have a career goal, it is helpful if you tell us how the course would enable you to fulfil that ambition;
- Evidence of a willingness and desire to learn at a higher level: we are looking for students who have the potential and the drive to succeed;
- Details of any work experience, paid or unpaid, and any other positions of responsibility that you’ve had. We’re particularly interested in the skills gained from these experiences and how they relate to your own personal development and how they may help you in your studies and life at university;
- Information regarding volunteering and other extracurricular activities and what you have gained in terms of experience and skills from these interests;
- Your plans for how you will spend a gap year (if relevant) and what you will gain from these experiences.
We are confident that we have no conscious or systematic bias in our admissions process and the University is working with increased effort to attract, admit and support students from all backgrounds both academically and professionally.
As part of our commitment to fair access, we are always seeking to innovate and lead on best practice. For the 2017 undergraduate admissions cycle we will be undertaking a name-blind admissions pilot to ensure our fair admissions processes. This pilot will be run against a limited number of disciplines with outcomes checked by Admissions Supervisors before decisions are communicated via UCAS in the normal method.
What is 'name-blind admissions'?
The decision maker considering the application for either an offer of a place, or to invite to an interview to be considered for a place, will not be able to see the applicant's name or other personal information which could lead to unconscious bias (for example age or gender).
At all other points of the admissions process trained admissions staff and members of the University will be able to see an applicant’s name (such as interviewers) and this information will be used to match information to an application and to answer enquiries.