If you are a UK or EU student applying for a full-time undergraduate degree, you will need to submit your application through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service). UCAS processes all UK university applications and will send your application to your chosen universities who will consider your academic and personal profile before making you an offer. This also applies to our Top-up degrees.
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible once you’ve decided what course you are interested in studying. There are a range of useful videos about how best to complete your application on the UCAS site. We’ve also got some great tips on applying for university on our undergraduate blog and have put together some advice on writing your personal statement.
Make sure you have the correct UCAS codes for the courses you're interested in, as well as the right institution codes when you fill in your application. Our institution code is B50. If you are applying for a course run by one of our partner colleges, you will need to add the relevant campus code to your application, which can be found on each partner college's website.
If you have any additional learning needs or a disability it's a good idea to get in touch with us when you're submitting your application to find out what additional learning support we can provide and how you can access this support.
Key application deadlines
Applications for undergraduate courses starting in September 2020 are open from 4 September 2019 and 15 January 2020 is the deadline for applications for the majority of courses. You may be able to apply for a course after this deadline as a new applicant - and from 25 February 2020- through UCAS Extra if you applied by 15 January and have no offers. If you are eligible for UCAS Extra, UCAS will contact you with all the information you need about how to submit additional applications.
You’ll find a full timetable of dates on the UCAS site.
We may consider applications for deferred entry to September 2021- you need to request deferred entry once you have made your application by contacting our Admissions Team. This means you can submit your application now, but won't begin studying until the September 2021 academic year.
If you apply for deferred entry, the conditions of any offer we make to you must be satisfied by 7 September 2020. In addition, any applicable fees, funding, accommodation and other terms covered in the Student Agreement will be for your year of entry (September 2021), not the year that you apply. All of this information may be subject to change, so you should consider this before you make your decision.
We’ll contact you in the year ahead of your entry to BU, providing information about the applications process, fees and funding, and accommodation application deadlines. You can find full details about our rules and regulations on our important information pages.
Joining a course in year two or three
In certain circumstances, we may allow you to join your course in year two or three. This will be dependent on your higher education qualifications and/or learning from substantial relevant work experience. We will make this decision on a case-by-case basis, so contact us if you want to find out whether this may apply to you. It is also possible to apply for credit to miss out a placement year if you already have relevant work experience.
Transferring to BU
We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. We facilitates Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. You can find the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy under the Admissions section on the Important information page.
Pre-Sessional courses for non-UK applicants
Where appropriate, we may forward your information to Bournemouth University International College so that they can contact you to offer a pre-sessional or preparatory course relevant to your application to us. If you would like more information about this please contact our International Admissions Team.
Joining the university before your 18th Birthday
When making offers to applicants who will be under 18 when they begin their course of study, admissions staff will send an information pack detailing measures that we will take in order to take appropriate account of the age of the student and setting out information which needs to be considered and agreed by the student and their parent/guardian.
As part of the information pack, parents and guardians of these students will be informed that their consent will be sought for the student to participate in certain student activities and to be given emergency medical treatment.
At the same time, we will usually ask parents or guardians to accept a contractual liability for any debts incurred by the student to the university, i.e. any financial obligations (including fees, accommodation costs or other charges such as library fines). Read the full policy for more information.