How do applications work?
Refer to our application timeline for key information on every stage of the student’s journey, from when to apply for funding through to the first week of term.
For most full-time undergraduate courses, apply through the UCAS website. They can choose up to five courses at five universities, and apply for more than one course at a university. They also don't need to make all five choices at the same time and don't need to make choices in order of preference. Universities don't see where else they have applied until after deciding on offers.
For some courses, students will be shortlisted and interviewed before receiving an offer. For other courses, offers will be made on the basis of information provided in the UCAS application.
Each university responds to applications via the UCAS website with either a conditional offer, dependent on getting specific grades, or an unconditional offer.
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The main UCAS deadline is mid-January, but students can apply for courses that still have places until July. If a student has used all five choices on UCAS and is not holding any offers, they can add more choices through UCAS Extra from February to June.
School and university dates
UK schools and colleges submit applications on behalf of their students, so they will have their own deadlines. These will usually be in November or December so that teachers have enough time to write academic references.
At Brighton we hold interviews and make offers from the autumn term onwards. Interviews will be held online for students starting in 2021. If your child has applied before the mid-January deadline and not heard from us by the end of February, then they should contact our admissions team.
UCAS Extra and Clearing
UCAS Extra runs between each year between February and June. If a student has applied through UCAS, they can apply for another course through Extra.
If a student is eligible for Extra, UCAS will contact them directly. Students can only apply for one Extra vacancy at a time.
Every year thousands of students who do not achieve their predicted grades find alternative courses through the UCAS Clearing process. Students can apply through UCAS Clearing 2020 from 1 July onwards, although most apply immediately after A-level results in August.
Supporting your child's application
Encourage your child to start researching potential courses as early as possible. Predicted grades should be taken into account and entry requirements for each of our courses can be found on our course pages.
We offer a wide range of online events, from open days to subject tasters and events specifically for parents. These are an opportunity for prospective students and parents to explore subject areas, take virtual tours, talk to staff and current students, and ask questions.
Find out more about online events at the University of Brighton.
Arranging work experience placements for school holidays will allow your child to acquire deeper knowledge of what their potential career path involves. Work experience can be arranged via the school or college, or by applying to companies or institutions directly.
Try to ensure your child has plenty of time to write a personal statement that sufficiently reflects their abilities, achievements and academic motivations.
Here at Brighton, we consider how knowledgeable and enthusiastic students appear to be about their chosen subject area in their personal statement. Motivation for course choice and subject involvement can be decisive factors in whether a student is likely to benefit from and complete a course.
Find out how to write a strong personal statement.
Applicants for certain courses may need to do an online interview before we make an offer. Interviews allow admission tutors to better assess candidates, and decide how well they think they would cope with the demands of the course. The invitation to interview will be visible on the UCAS Track website.
Find out more about preparing for an interview at Brighton.