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Decisions on Applications

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Student studying in the library

Decisions on applications are made on an ongoing basis for most courses although, in the case of higher demand courses, they may be delayed until after the UCAS closing date.

When considering applications Course Selectors will take into account all information available to them in your UCAS application. If further information is required we will contact you to obtain this.

Competition for places varies considerably between courses and it is to be expected, therefore, that the factors taken into account by individual selectors will vary. The following general points are likely to apply:

Academic Background:
Overall academic background and, in particular, performance at GCSE and AS-Level or in the first year of a BTEC/OCR Level 3 or Access Course qualifications is important, particularly for high demand programmes may be taken into account. Predicted grades are not normally used, except in very borderline cases.

Offers for repeat candidates or those who have taken an extra year to achieve the required grades:
Offers for repeat candidates, or those who have taken an extra year to achieve the required grades, may be higher for some subject areas. Course Selectors would not normally consider applicants who have had more than two attempts at obtaining the required qualifications for admission. Further restrictions may apply for high demand courses.

Applicants who have taken qualifications early:
In the case of applicants who take qualifications earlier than is the norm, the grade(s) achieved will be taken into account in the fulfilment of the target. The standard conditional offer is usually made with a note added to indicate performance in the previous year will be counted.

Students who have studied beyond A-level:
For students who have studied beyond A-Level, performance at this level may also be taken into account.

Interviews, admissions/aptitude tests, auditions, etc:
In addition to academic criteria, interviews, admissions/aptitude tests, auditions, etc form part of the selection process for some courses.

Experience, Motivation and Commitment:
Some selectors may take into consideration experience, motivation and commitment to the chosen course.

Offers:
Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points. This means that a minimum grade in any qualification may be specified. Offers will normally be made on the basis of three A-Levels although it should be noted that some courses will require three A-Levels plus one AS-Level (Medicine, Dentistry and Actuarial Science & Risk Management). Additional subjects at AS-level and/or A-level will be taken into account in August in borderline cases. Please note some selectors will make offers in terms of two A-Levels or two A-Levels plus one AS-Level.

Unit grades:
Currently conditional offers will not be made in terms of grades in individual AS/A2 modules. However, this information may be used in a tie-break situation after release of A-level results in August.

Certification of Results:
Where candidates do not certify their AS examination results, at the end of Year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the academic reference or personal statement since performance in these may affect whether or not a conditional offer is made.

Depth of Study:
Evidence of depth will be required and this will be reflected in the grades specified in the core of two GCE General A-levels/GCE Applied A-Levels or a Double Award Applied A-Level.

A-Level vs AS-Level Requirements:
Course Selectors, especially for the high-demand courses, may not equate the points score of two AS-Levels to that of one A-Level. In cases where a mixture of A and AS-Levels is being offered, selectors are likely to ask for the higher grades in the A-Level component rather than the AS component.

GCE A-Levels vs VCE/Applied A-Levels:
In many cases, where there are no specific course requirements, GCE General and GCE Applied A-Level qualifications may be interchangeable and there is generally no restriction on the number of Applied A-level subjects which can be offered. However, where there are course requirements, the asking grades for GCE General and GCE Applied A-Level qualifications may be different.

Key Skills, Certificate of Professional Effectiveness (COPE) and the Open University's Young Applicants for School and Colleges Scheme (YASS):
The University considers that additional qualifications such as these are important and students are encouraged to develop skills whether or not it is through a formal qualification. However, the University does not at this stage require them for any course. Nevertheless, they may be used in a tie-break situation.

Extended Project:
The University recognises the value of skills developed in the Extended Project, which is an integral part of the Diploma qualification. For A-level applicants, who decide to take the Extended Project, this will normally be acceptable in place of the fourth AS-level.

If you receive an offer

If you receive an offer you may be invited to visit the department(s) of your choice or receive further information from the department.

If you accept an offer

If you accept an unconditional or conditional offer of admission as either your firm or insurance choice, you will be sent information regarding accommodation and procedures for August/September in June/July of your proposed year of entry.