Deferred entry

Deferring means applying for a course and then taking a year out before coming to university. For example, applying in autumn 2015 to start university in September 2017.

How to defer

Tick the deferred entry box on your UCAS form and tell us about your reasons for deferring as well as your plans for your year out in your personal statement. We can then take them into account when assessing your application. 

Not all subjects allow deferrals

You will find a note about deferred entry at the bottom of each course listing in the online course finder

Deferring an application after submission 

In some cases this is possible, but it depends on which course you've applied for. Please contact our Enquiries Team for advice. Please note that, generally, applicants can only apply for deferred entry by one year. 

Already have a deferred place?

We will contact you in April, a few months before you are due to start at the University, to send you information about what you need to do before you arrive.

If you are planning to spend time away, make sure you continue to read your emails or arrange for a family member to check your account on your behalf so you don’t miss any important deadlines such as applying for accommodation.

If you have been using a school email address, please make sure you update your details in UCAS Track to provide a current email address after you have left school.

Declining a deferred place

If, during your deferred year, you decide that you no longer want to take up your place at the University, please contact our Enquiries Team.

Deferral after your place has been confirmed

If you are due to start this September but decide to defer your place after your exam results, you must contact us. In order for us to consider your request you should have fully met the terms of your offer. Some courses, for example Medicine, will not allow a deferral at this point in the cycle.

Please email choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk including your UCAS number, course code and name and explain the reasons for your late decision to defer. 

Your request to defer will be considered, but there is no guarantee that it will be accepted – you may be asked to reapply.

Once you have deferred your place you will not be able to revert back to your original year of entry, so be absolutely sure before contacting us. Only one deferral is allowed. 

No longer want to defer your place?

If you are holding a deferred offer for next year’s entry, but now want to come this year, please contact us. Un-deferring an offer is not straightforward and will depend on whether we have spaces available on your course.

Please email your request to us at choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk including your UCAS number, course code and name and explaining the reasons for your late decision to un-defer. 

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