Deferring your place
Deferring your university place is a big decision, so we want to make sure you’re aware of the facts so that you can make the right decision for your circumstances.
We’re determined to offer you the best campus experience possible this September while keeping you safe at all times.
If you’ve applied for an undergraduate degree, you’ll be part of the BU community for three or four years so you'll have plenty of time to experience university as a whole even though it may be a different experience at first.
If you would like to defer your application, you should be aware that tuition and accommodation fees are subject to change, which means fees may increase next year. Your eligibility for BU scholarships and bursaries may also change.
Please be aware, if you have applied to one of our Health & Social Care courses that require a DBS and an Occupational Health (OH) check, you will need to complete these within six months of the start date of the course. If deferring, the clearance checks relating to DBS and OH will be removed from your application and reapplied at the appropriate time of year for these to be completed.
If you are holding a conditional offer, you will still need to meet your offer conditions this year. Please get in touch with the admissions team to discuss your options.
Ultimately, your circumstances are individual and only you can make the decision that’s right for you.
If you would like to go ahead and defer your place after considering the above, please use our online form.
Frequently asked questions
How do I defer my place?
When will I know if my deferral request has been approved?
Can I defer more than once?
When is the deadline for deferral request?
Can I apply for deferred entry in Clearing?
I won’t receive my exam results until after enrolment. Do I have to defer?
If I defer my entry, can I change my mind and start this year instead?
Changing your course
If you would like to be considered for a different course at BU, please submit your request using our online form.
We’ve already made you an offer and want you to be a part of our community, but we’ll need to review your application to assess your suitability for the new course. If we’re able to change your course, you’ll receive a new offer letter in your email inbox. This could take up to three days to process, so please be patient.
If the course has different entry requirements to the course you’ve been offered (for example, an interview or portfolio assessment), we’ll contact you to let you know.
Please note we will not be able to make changes to your application between the 27 July and the 13 August.
Withdrawing your place
If you are holding an Unconditional Firm offer and have decided that you no longer wish to join your course at BU, and have applied through UCAS Apply 2020, you can make this change using your UCAS Track account. Please visit the UCAS website for more details.
If you are holding a Conditional Firm offer or you applied last year through UCAS Apply 2019 and are holding an Unconditional Firm offer, you will need to submit your withdrawal request using our online form.