How to apply
Making your application
Applications for full-time degree courses (UCAS)
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 2016 entry is expected to be £23 for two to five choices of university or college or £12 for one choice.
Full instructions on how to complete your 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.
Transferring from another UK university or college
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.
Applications for part-time degrees, intercalated degrees and direct entry courses
For part-time degree courses, please apply directly to the University and not through UCAS. For further information and an application form, please contact the appropriate Faculty Office. Contact details can be found in individual course entries.
For intercalated degree courses, you should apply directly to the University and not through UCAS. Please contact the appropriate team to find out how and when to apply for each course.
Direct entry courses
For direct entry courses, please contact the relevant department at Bristol to make an application:
When to apply
You can apply online through UCAS from 1 September for entry the following autumn. The application deadlines are as follows:
- 15 October for UK/EU and international applications for dentistry, medicine or veterinary courses*
- 15 January for all other UK/EU applications
- 30 June for all other international applications. Places on popular courses fill up quickly so we recommend applying as close to the 15 January deadline as possible.
*No more than four of a possible five choices can be used for dentistry, medicine or veterinary science. If you give more than four choices for these courses UCAS will not process your application. However, you can use your fifth choice to apply for an alternative course without prejudice to your commitment to dentistry, medicine or veterinary science.
We welcome applications from international students and accept a wide range of international qualifications.
Please note we can only accept applications for medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses through UCAS and these must be received by 15 October.
Mature students should apply through UCAS for full-time courses and apply directly to the relevant University department or school for part-time courses.
Some departments interview mature applicants before making an offer. To find out if interviews are a part of the selection procedure for your course, please refer to our undergraduate admissions statements.
Applicants with a disability are encouraged to contact Disability Services early in the application process for confidential advice on the support that may be available and how to access it.
Law applicants are required to take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). This enables us to make fairer choices among the many highly-qualified applicants who apply to our law course.
Applicants for Engineering Design who are invited to interview will also be required to complete a University of Bristol physical reasoning test.
If you are taking BTEC or Access to HE diploma qualifications without A-level Mathematics and you apply to a course within the Faculty of Engineering, we will ask you to take a mathematics test if you are invited to a pre-offer visit day.
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 our applicants' pages.
Entering your qualifications
Before you submit your UCAS application, please make sure you have included:
- Full details of the qualifications you have taken. This includes the grades/marks for the academic qualifications you've achieved from age 16 (GCSE or equivalent) to date, including any English language qualifications.
- Full details of the qualifications you are taking. This includes your current studies (name and expected date of examination and major subjects), including any English language qualifications you are taking, and any resits of previous qualifications you expect to take. If your qualification offers different levels of study, we need to know which subjects are being studied at the higher level and which at the standard level.
Before you submit your UCAS application, please make sure you have added an academic reference. Advice on how to request a reference is available on the UCAS website.
Your referee should provide predicted grades for any qualifications you are currently taking. If they are unable to provide predictions, they should state this in their reference.
If your studies have been affected by by circumstances beyond your control, such as personal or family illness, you will need to submit an extenuating circumstances form to Undergraduate Admissions.
If you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers, you might be able to use a free service called Extra.
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 University of Bristol tends to be oversubscribed and we do not usually enter clearing. If any of our courses become available through clearing, they will be advertised in August 2016.
Typical and contextual offers
When you check the entry requirements for individual courses, you will see two types of offer listed - typical and contextual.
The A-level or IB typical offer refers to the grades we usually request when we make an offer for one of our courses.
Applications are considered on their individual merit and the entry requirements published in this course finder 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 attended school or college performs below a defined threshold.
You may be eligible for a contextual offer if you are applying from, or in the 2015/16 academic year were in full-time education in, a school or college ranked in the bottom 40 per cent in any of the following categories:
- average score per A-level entry
- average score per A-level entrant
- percentage of students applying to higher education.
Contextual offers are usually one grade lower than the standard offer.
Applicants currently attending school must apply through a school in the list below to be eligible:
Applicants not currently attending school must have attended a school in the list below as their place of full-time education in the 2014/15 academic year:
Please note that we use the 'applying from' school code or the education history listed on your UCAS form to determine your eligibility for a contextual offer. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure these are correct.
Our evidence base supports the making of lower offers to students who apply from schools/colleges in the lower 40 per cent nationally on the measures outlined above. It is important to stress that the categorisation of schools into this category is not a judgement of the quality of the school or college. We recognise that many of the schools and colleges on the list have been deemed outstanding in many respects.
Information for A-level applicants
For further information about UK qualifications for undergraduate entry please visit our qualifications pages.
Statements can be found for the following:
- A-level and GCSE reforms
- AQA Baccalaureate
- BTEC qualifications
- Cambridge Pre-U
- English Baccalaureate
- Extended Project
- Flexible Curriculum
- Unit Grades.
Our country-specific information provides details of the wide range of international qualifications we accept. Please note international qualifications are listed under the country they come from which may not be where you are studying.
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.
English language requirements
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.
Understanding your offer
Conditional and unconditional offers
The University makes two types of offer:
- Unconditional, which means that you are guaranteed entry to the University.
- Conditional (the more usual type), which means that you must obtain specified grades in your examinations.
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After you've applied
Visit our applicants' pages to find out what happens next