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Before you apply

Applying to university is an exciting time with so much to look forward to, but we know it can be overwhelming when you first start considering your options.

To help you, we’ve pulled together our top tips to help you find the right course and university:

1. Research your university options

This is an important step as you need to find the university that’s right for you. After all, you’ll be studying for a few years so you need to feel happy, both personally and professionally.

At UWE Bristol, we have plenty of information available to help you:

Also, be sure to get lots of advice from parents, teachers and friends but remember ultimately to follow what interests you. Time spent researching your options now will pay off when you find the right place to study.

2. Attend an Open Day

Attending an Open Day is a great opportunity to find out whether we're the right university for you.

You’ll have the chance to meet our friendly staff and students and attend a subject-specific talk, take a campus tour and view our accommodation and facilities. And there will be talks and drop-in sessions available about the application process, employability, fees, funding and our Students’ Union.

If you can’t make it along to an Open Day, you can take a self-guided campus tour at any time which suits you.

3. Research your course options

Just like choosing a university, choosing your course is a big step too. Remember to:

  • find a course that excites you, as this will keep you motivated during your three or more years of study.
  • check out career options for your degree.
  • compare the different courses available within your preferred subject area. Look at the modules closely as they indicate what you’ll learn and how much variation there is between courses.

At UWE Bristol, we have over 200 undergraduate courses on offer. Once you've found a course that interests you, explore our faculties and departments for a better understanding of your course.

4. Check the entry requirements

  • As with most universities, we use the UCAS Tariff point system. You’ll find our course-specific entry requirements including subjects and grades on each course listing.
  • Read our general entry requirements and look at our online course descriptions to see our course-specific requirements. Here you’ll find typical offers for degrees or diplomas including any specific subjects and grades needed.

If you’re studying a qualification that’s not listed, or if you have any other questions, contact our Admissions team.

5. Get your student finances sorted

Sort out your student finances as early as possible, including applying for your tuition fees and maintenance loans. Your funding authority will make the decision on the value of your loans and make sure you receive your money at the start of term.

We offer our students free access to Blackbullion, an online platform with money management modules about budgeting, debt, saving, tax and investing. Our Fees and Funding Team can also answer questions about fees, funding, scholarships and managing your money.

6. Make your personal statement stand out

The application process is competitive so make sure your personal statement stands out. Admissions tutors compare applicants’ personal statements when offering places so this your chance to sell yourself to get a place on the course you want.

When writing your personal statement:

  • Give yourself plenty of time. Note down your ideas, create a first draft and then return to it later on.
  • Ask for help from friends, family and teachers.
  • Explain why you would be a good student on the course.
  • Focus on your strengths, sell yourself, be enthusiastic but always be honest.
  • Check your work for spelling and grammar mistakes and ask someone to proofread your statement.

7. Keep track of deadlines

Remember to submit your application by the 15 January deadline to have the best chances of getting onto the course you want.

However, if you do miss the deadline, don’t panic, as we’ll accept applications after the deadline until the course is full. View the our application timeline for more information on deadlines.

8. You're ready to apply

So you’ve spent some time doing your research and now you’re all set to apply. Maybe you’re feeling excited, maybe a little nervous. Don’t worry though that’s completely normal. We’ll guide you through our application process step-by-step and keep things straightforward.

Read more on ‘how to apply’ for your next steps.

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