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Application Process

Application Process

How to apply

How you apply depends on the course you choose and how you want to study it. In most cases:

  • If you want to study full-time, you will apply through UCAS.
  • If you want to study part-time or distance learning, you will apply directly to us.

Whichever mode you choose, our online prospectus will direct you to the application form you need. For ALL applications you will need our institution code which is: L27. 

If you are an International Student applying from outside the EU, please visit our International Section.

When to apply

Full-time courses starting in September

You need to apply to UCAS between 1 September and 15 January in the year prior to study.

Late applications

We do accept applications after 15 January, up to the 30 June, but there is a risk that your course may be full. To have the best possible chance of securing your place, you should apply before the UCAS deadline of 15 January.

If you apply after 30 June, your application will be held for Clearing.

Part-time courses

For part-time courses, you apply directly to us. Some courses may have a specific date so check your course on the online prospectus before you apply. We recommend you apply early to give yourself the best chance of getting on the course you want. On the online prospectus, when you select part-time for your course, you will be directed to the application form you need – hit Apply now

If you're unsure how to apply or about any aspect of the application process give our team a call on 0113 812 3113, we're happy to answer any questions you might have! 

What is UCAS Extra?

If you don't receive any offers, try UCAS Extra. You could apply to Extra if you apply to five choices through UCAS and

  • you receive no offers or 
  • you decline all your offers

Extra is open between the end of February and the end of June. You apply through UCAS and can apply to one course at a time.

Find out more and apply through UCAS Extra

Who is eligible?

If UCAS Extra is available to you it will show up as a button when you log in to UCAS to track your application.

How does it work?

If you’ve used all five choices on your UCAS application you might be able to apply through UCAS Extra for another course if:

  • You've received decisions from all five universities and colleges and you weren't accepted or
  • You decided to decline the offers you received

If you didn't use all of your five choices you can add more in Track if:

  • It's before 30 June and you've not accepted or declined your existing offer

Log on to the UCAS website and use the search tool to find courses with Extra availability.

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If you don't secure a place or you apply after 30 June, your application will be held for Clearing.

For the majority of students Clearing begins on A level results day and runs until the end of September. Through Clearing you can only apply to courses that still have places available. These courses will be published on the UCAS website on the day Clearing starts. You apply through UCAS and can only apply to one course at a time.

To find out more go to our Clearing pages.


Plus Icon What is the different between Undergraduate and Postgraduate study?

An undergraduate degree typically takes three years to complete, and will typically be your first degree. As such, it provides a thorough grounding in a field or subject. Postgraduate study builds on this foundation, and requires a larger amount of independent study. Postgraduate degrees can be taught or research-based. Taught courses usually take one year's full time study to complete after which you get awarded a Masters degree (MA, MSc, MEng, etc.) based on your subject of study. Research degrees get awarded BPhil, MPhil, PhD based on the level of study

Plus Icon Where do I find my course UCAS code?

Once you have chosen a degree using our Online Prospectus, the relevant UCAS code will be displayed next to the course you have selected. 

Plus Icon How can I finance my course?

Please refer to our Financing Your Studies page for further information on the financial support available for students.

Plus Icon When do courses start?
The start dates of our courses vary. However, broadly speaking, programmes of study begin either in September or January.

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