Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for applicants and prospective students

We will do all we can to support applicants and anyone thinking of applying to Bristol during the coronavirus pandemic.

Undergraduate applicants 

We recognise that applicants for entry in September 2021 or deferred entry in September 2022, will have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Advice and guidance will be changing throughout the year, so we recommend you check this page regularly. We also advise that you check the latest UCAS guidance.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us.

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UCAS deadline extensions

Extension of UCAS Equal Consideration deadline

We will honour the extended UCAS Equal Consideration Deadline, moved from 15 January to 29 January 2021. All applications received by 29 January will be assessed on an equal basis, regardless of the submission date.

Extension of UCAS response deadline

UCAS have also extended the deadline by which applicants must respond to any offers they receive. This is now 10 June 2021, (if applicants receive decisions on all their choices by 20 May). We will accept any decisions made up to this deadline, and will not pressurise or incentivise applicants to make decisions earlier.

Extension of UCAS decision making deadline

UCAS have extended the deadline for institutions to make decisions on applications received by the equal consideration deadline to 20 May. We will continue to make decisions on applications as they are submitted to us, and expect to make decisions on the majority of applications by 31 March. As in any year, this will include putting some applications ‘on hold’ while we confirm whether we can make an offer. All applications received by the equal consideration deadline will receive a final decision before 20 May, but we expect very few to have to wait that long.

Deadline for meeting offer conditions

The deadline to meet conditions made in your offer made remains 31 August 2021. We will continue to review this date as further information on the results timelines becomes available.

Science practical requirements for A-level Chemistry, Biology and Physics

For the 2020/21 cycle, where a conditional offer specifically states that an A-level in Chemistry, Biology or Physics must also include a pass in the science practical, this science practical element will not be required.

2021 Summer exams

We are closely monitoring communications from the Department for Education and Ofqual in England, and the relevant organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, regarding the awarding of qualifications in Summer 2021. Despite the cancellation of examinations in summer 2021, we expect A-level, AS-level and GCSE qualifications to be awarded by the examining organisations in August 2021. We welcome the commitment from the government to find appropriate alternative arrangements of assessing the ability and potential of students. We continue to monitor the impact on other vocational, global and international qualifications.

Private Candidates (Summer exams 2021)

We welcome applications from students planning to take examinations outside of a school or college in summer 2021. We expect Ofqual to confirm how A level grades will be awarded to these candidates and are pleased that their needs were specifically raised in the statement from Ofqual's Chief Regulator on 5 January. We advise any applicants planning to take exams as private candidates to monitor any announcements and to consider contacting schools and colleges to discuss any opportunities they may wish to consider.

2020 Autumn exams 

Applicants who have received results from Autumn 2020 exams, and received their results on 17 December 2020, should upload these to their Applicant Dashboard. If you have received a conditional offer and have now met it in full, we will be able to make your offer unconditional. If you have not met the offer in full, we may be able to amend the terms of your offer and adjust conditions accordingly. Your offer remains valid for the whole application cycle - you can meet this with any conditions met before 31 August.

If you have not yet received a decision on your application, we will consider your application on the basis of the achieved and predicted grades on your application, plus those achieved in the Autumn 2020 exam sitting. We will assess your application based on the best (achieved or predicted) grades. If we make you an offer, we will make it unconditional if you have met the terms with achieved qualifications, or conditional based on achieving further qualifications by 31 August.

2020 Autumn results

Applicants who applied in the 2019/20 cycle needed to have met the terms of their offer by 7 September 2020, whether for entry in September 2020 or deferred entry in September 2021. A final decision was made on all 2019/20 applications during September 2020. Offers were not rolled over into the new application cycle. Previous applicants are welcome to submit a new application on the basis of achieved results, and this will be considered on its own merits, and against other applications in the same cycle.

Extenuating circumstances

We expect school, exam board and government policy to take into account the significant disruption to education in 2020 and 2021 when awarding grades in 2021.

If you have been particularly and specifically disadvantaged, through the coronavirus pandemic or for any other reason, we encourage you to complete our extenuating circumstances form so we can consider your situation both when deciding whether to make an offer and assessing your performance against any offer made.

Interviews and Assessments

All interviews and other assessments will be conducted online in the 2020/21 application cycle. For information about these, please see our interviews page.


We have extended the deadline for Home applicants to complete their LNAT assessment from 20 January to 26 February 2021.

The deadline for overseas applicants remains 31 July 2021.

Any applicants who are not able to meet the relevant deadline should email Please include your UCAS ID number and the reason why you need an extension with documentary evidence supporting this. We will contact you to discuss an extension or alternative methods of assessment. Applicants who wish to apply for an extension should contact us no later than one week after the original deadline.

We recommend registering and booking the test as early as possible to ensure you are able to get a test slot that will allow you to meet the deadlines. Find out more about how to register and book a test on the LNAT website.

Gaining work experience during the pandemic

Most of our Health Science courses require work experience to support an application. Please see our guidance for gaining work experience during the pandemic and advice on alternative ways to develop your understanding of these healthcare roles before and during the application process.

Parents and supporters

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