In brief, we offer places to the students who meet our academic requirements. Our admissions officers assess applications that show the most potential to benefit from their course and to contribute to the University. Your grades – both already gained and predicted – are the first area of consideration.
The academic admissions officers work in conjunction with Schools during the selection and decision making process. Together, they consider the following areas when looking at all applications:
- The grades and qualifications that you have achieved, or are predicted.
- The context in which your qualifications have been, or will be achieved.
- Your personal statement.
- Your academic references.
- Where appropriate, performance at interview.
- Where appropriate, relevant work or other experience.
- Where appropriate, English language ability
Your personal statement provides you with an invaluable opportunity to tell us your personal reasons for studying your chosen subject. This is a very important part of your application. You are encouraged to spend time drafting and re-writing your statement so that it is organised and well-written.
It is a good idea to give some relevant background information about yourself, your interests and especially your reasons for your choice of course. You might want to highlight any relevant work experience or voluntary work you have done.
If you are at school your principal or head of year will generally write your reference. If you are not at school you will need to supply a reference from a responsible person who knows you well enough to write about you and state if you are suitable for higher education. References from family members or close friends are not normally acceptable.