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What we look for

Academic qualifications are certainly an important part of your application to study at university, but this is not the only factor we take into account when assessing applications. We look at each application on an individual basis and offer places based on your potential to succeed on the course you’re applying for.

The other factors we consider when assessing applications are:

  • Any work or other experience you have that is relevant to the course you’re interested in
  • Personal achievements
  • The reference you provide with your application
  • Your personal statement
  • Your passion and enthusiasm for the subject you’re applying to study
  • In some cases, we will also invite you to attend an interview and/or selection test. How you perform may have an impact on your application.

Other considerations

Under our Fair Access Agreement (pdf 4.48mb), we use contextual data when assessing your application. What this means in practice is that if you meet one or more of our indicators for educational disadvantage - such as being in care, living in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics, or living in a low participation neighbourhood - you could be made an offer that is below the published tariff. Our page about contextual data provides more information about what data we look at, how it will be used and how it could affect you.