Applying through UCAS
Most students apply through UCAS, which allows them to choose up to five different courses and universities.
The main deadline for applying is in January, but UCAS Extra allows students to apply at a later date between February and June. It also allows them to add extra universities to their original five choices, which is useful if they have not received any offers.
Students might want to consider UCAS Clearing if they:
- have not previously applied through UCAS
- want to make a late application
- did not get the grades they needed to get into their preferred university
- received higher grades than expected
- have changed their mind about a course or university.
UCAS Clearing opens on 1 July of each year.
Entry requirements and admissions
Universities are all different and each one has its own admissions policy and entry requirements. Some courses may require specific GCSEs, work experience, or an interview or test.
At Brighton, we have a flexible admissions policy where we see the person and not just the grades.
Writing a personal statement
UCAS applications require students to write a personal statement that describes their interests and ambitions. It's a good idea to draft one in the summer before year 13. To learn about how to write a strong personal statement, take a look at our advice or the UCAS website.