How to apply
Applying through UCAS
You can apply to study at Bristol through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can apply for a maximum of five courses using the UCAS form. Apply for medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses through UCAS by 15 October. You can only use four of your five UCAS choices to apply to these courses.
Apply online through UCAS
Our UCAS institution code is BRISL B78.
After you have applied, UCAS will give you a ten-digit personal ID number. You will need this if you contact the University about your application.
Entering your qualifications
Before you submit your UCAS application, make sure you have included:
- Full details of qualifications you have already taken: include grades/marks for the academic qualifications you've achieved from age 16 (GCSE or equivalent), and any English language qualifications.
- Full details of the qualifications you are taking: include current studies (name and expected date of examination and major subjects), English language qualifications, and any resits of previous qualifications you expect to take.
If your qualification offers different levels of study, state which subjects you are studying at the higher level, and which at the standard level.
Watch the UCAS how-to guide on entering qualifications.
When to apply
Find the application deadlines on the UCAS website.
Direct entry courses
These are our direct entry courses. Please apply using these links and not through UCAS:
Academic technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
Students who are not UK, EEA or Swiss nationals may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before starting certain science or engineering courses at Bristol.
You will be sent an email once you have made a response decision, however, you can apply for an ATAS certificate up to nine months before the start date of your course. Early applications are strongly advised as the average processing time is 20 working days, possibly more during peak times.
Once issued, an ATAS certificate is valid for visa application purposes for up to six months. You will need a CAH3 code (PDF, 97kB) and course content details in order to make your application.
Please make sure you use the same passport details in both your ATAS and your visa application. We also advise that you use your full name as it appears in your passport.
International Foundation Programmes
Visit the Centre for Academic Language and Development website to find out how to apply for the International Foundation Programme.
For the International Foundation for Medicine and Dentistry, please visit How to apply.
Applying with the help of a representative or agent
We have agreements with representatives and agents around the world. They can help you with your application.
If you apply via a representative or agent, you should use one of those listed on our country-specific pages.
Using a representative does not put your application at any advantage or disadvantage. We consider independent applications on an equal basis.
Transferring from another university or college
Find out if you can transfer to a degree course at the University of Bristol from your current university or college of higher education.
If you have a disability, please contact Disability Services early in the application process for confidential advice on the support that may be available and how to access it.
Disclosing your disability will not affect your chances of receiving an offer.
If your education has been significantly disrupted through health or personal problems, disability or specific difficulties with schooling, please send an extenuating circumstances form to our Prospective students enquiries team.
Entry requirements and qualifications
Please read our entry requirements and qualifications information.
UCAS international guides
Download the UCAS guide Apply to study in the UK, available in 14 different languages.
Help with your application
How your application is assessed
Our undergraduate admissions statements provide detailed information on the selection procedures and how your application will be assessed.
We follow a clear set of policies and procedures when dealing with admissions.
After you apply
Find out what happens after you apply.