Apply online through UCAS for full-time courses (with the exception of the five direct entry courses listed below). Our institution code is BRISL B78. The application fee for 2015 entry is expected to be £23 for two to five choices of university or college or £12 for one choice.
Instructions on how to complete the application are available on the UCAS website. Alternatively, you can ask your teacher or careers adviser for advice, or contact your local British Council Office if you are an international applicant. The National Careers Service can help independent UK applicants.
If you are a student at another UK university or college of higher education and wish to transfer to a degree course at the University of Bristol, you must apply through UCAS. Please contact the relevant admissions team informally first, to see if they will consider an application from you.
If you are an international student who is applying primarily to universities in the United States, you can include the University of Bristol as one of your choices on the Common Application. If you intend to apply to more than one UK university, please apply through UCAS.
Please use only one method of applying to the University of Bristol.
For part-time degree courses, please apply directly to the University and not to UCAS. For further information and an application form, please contact the appropriate Faculty Office. Contact details can be found in individual course entries.
For direct entry courses, please contact the relevant department at Bristol to make an application:
Mature students should apply through UCAS for full-time courses and apply directly to the relevant University department or school for part-time courses.
For guidance on applying to the University as a mature student, including details of the qualifications we accept and visit dates please visit our mature students web pages.
We welcome applications from international students and accept a wide range of international qualifications. For guidance on how to apply please visit the International Office website.
The University is primarily an adult environment and most students will be at least 18 on entry. If you will be under 18 on entry to the University, the Director of Student Recruitment, Access and Admissions will need to be satisfied that appropriate arrangements have been made for your accommodation and pastoral care.
The UCAS course search tool contains information on entry profiles which you may find useful.
For entry onto courses starting in September 2015 (or deferred entry in 2016):
We will only ask you to take an admissions test if you are applying to study Law. The Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) enables us to make fairer choices among the many highly-qualified applicants who apply to our law course.
Applicants for Engineering Design are required to complete a University of Bristol test in Mathematics alongside their interview as part of the selection procedure for this course.
Before you send your application, please make sure you have included:
Our undergraduate selectors will assess your application by considering your grades, your personal statement, your academic reference, and in some cases an interview.
Detailed information on the selection procedure for individual courses can be found in our Undergraduate Admissions Statements.
We will acknowledge receipt of your application and aim to make a decision within five weeks. We receive a high volume of applications which means that sometimes it can take slightly longer to make a decision and we may place your application on hold until later in the cycle. If this is the case, we will email you to let you know.
You can check the status of your application using UCAS track.
If you do not hear anything within eight weeks of receiving the acknowledgement, please contact Undergraduate Admissions to enquire about the progress of your application.
If you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers, you might be able to use a free service called Extra. UCAS will contact you automatically if you become eligible for Extra and information on how to use the service is available on the UCAS website.
We cannot guarantee that Bristol will offer courses through Extra each year. Please use the search facility provided by UCAS to see if we have any courses with Extra availability.
The A-level or IB typical offer refers to the grades we typically request when we make an offer for one of our courses. Applications are considered on their individual merit and the entry requirements published in the prospectus are indicative only. If you receive an offer, it may differ slightly from the typical offer published. We welcome applicants with other qualifications equivalent to our listed typical offer.
Please visit our admissions principles and procedures for more information.
As part of our commitment to the UK national agenda on widening participation, we consider the educational context in which grades have been achieved, particularly if there is evidence that your current or most recently attended school or college performs below a defined threshold.
You may receive a contextual offer if you attend a school or college which in the previous year ranked in the bottom 40 per cent in any of the following categories:
Contextual offers are usually one grade lower than the standard offer.
List of schools and colleges eligible for contextual offer (PDF, 263kB) (2012/13 is the most recent year for which we have data).
The University reviews its definition of educational disadvantage and low-performing schools each year and each case is considered on an individual basis.
The University makes two types of offer:
You must meet the terms of your offer by 31 August for entry in October that year. If you do not meet all the requirements specified in your conditional offer, you may still be admitted to the course for which you originally applied, or to a course for which vacancies still exist, but this will not be known until the Confirmation period in August.
If you meet the terms of your offer after 31 August, you may be considered for entry in October that year, depending on overall faculty and University numbers, as well as the intake for your chosen course.
Most courses will consider an application from you if you wish to take a year away from formal education. In fairness to applicants applying in the next admissions round, the number of places for deferred entry is usually limited and in some cases, higher offers may be made.
Further information on deferring your offer is available on the applicants website.
All of our courses require you to achieve certain grades in your qualifications, and some require you to have studied specific subjects. You can find the entry requirements for each course by following its link from our A-Z course listing.
For information regarding A* grades at A-level, please visit 14 - 19 qualifications.
Up to two Applied A-levels may be offered, but you must also offer at least one GCE A-level. If you are planning to substitute an Applied A-level for a named GCE A-level, you are advised to consult the admissions team before applying.
We do not generally accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of the required A-levels. Please check the relevant undergraduate admissions statement for further advice.
The University encourages you to offer four subjects at AS-level if at all possible. The additional AS-level may usually be in any subject, but you can find specific details in individual course listings. Particular AS grades are not usually specified but they will be taken into account along with GCSE results and A-level predictions.
In high-demand subjects in particular, grades achieved may influence whether or not you receive an offer. You will not be at a disadvantage if AS units have not been certified.
For more information regarding other qualifications such as the Extended Project and the Cambridge Pre-U, please visit our qualifications web pages.
Unit grade information may be taken into account when selection decisions are made for certain courses. For more information, please visit our qualifications web pages.
Our country-specific information provides details of the wide range of international qualifications we accept.
In the case of some non-UK qualifications, which cover a broader subject range than A-levels, additional study may be necessary before you begin your degree studies. This could take the form of a one-year A-level course or a specialist foundation programme. These are available at schools and colleges in the Bristol area.
Please contact the International Office for further advice.
All of our courses are taught in English, which means you will need to have a good command of English in order to succeed in your studies at the University. Each course entry in this prospectus will specify one of six language profiles, which is the level of English required for entry onto that particular course.
If you do not currently have the level of English required for your course, our Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies offers a range of courses to prepare you for degree-level study in the UK.
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We follow a clear set of policies and procedures when dealing with admissions.
Our Undergraduate Admissions Statements provide detailed information on the selection procedures and criteria used for individual courses.
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