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Here you will find some useful tips on how to prepare for your university interview, key dates you’ll need to consider for your application, and a tariff calculator to help you make sense of your grades.

If you’re considering university and wish to make an application, then there are a few key dates you’ll need to keep in mind: There is a slight overlap in the dates that UCAS opens to accept applications for students. But generally speaking, UCAS opens about 16 months before the year of study you want to start. For 2018 starts UCAS opens in June.

You can search for, read up on, and save courses that you like the sound of. You can then formally start to submit your application in September. You have until mid-January to complete your application. However, some universities accept late applications through UCAS Extra which remains open until the end of June.

Any applications submitted after June will be entered into Clearing. You can read our guide to Clearing here {link to clearing page} Key dates • Beginning of June – UCAS Undergraduate Apply opens • Beginning of September – Completed applications can now be submitted to UCAS • Mid-January – UCAS Undergraduate Apply closes • End of February – UCAS Extra opens • End of March – UCAS Undergraduate Apply closes for Art courses • End of June – Last chance to submit late applications. • Beginning of July – Clearing opens
So you’ve completed your application and been made an offer from the University.

Next up, the interview. This is your opportunity to show us what you can do. You should be positive and tell us why you want to study with us. You shouldn’t just see this as a test for you, but an opportunity for you to test us.

We know it may be difficult to get to your interview, particularly if you are an overseas student, so that is why we’re happy to conduct interviews over Skype. Please get in touch with us if you would like a Skype interview.
The UCAS Tariff is a tool used to set entry requirements to University courses.

Some Universities use the Tariff and others will tell you exactly what grades you need. To be accepted for a course, the combined score of your Level 3 results, including from BTEC qualifications or A-Levels will need to meet or exceed the entry requirements. The new UCAS Tariff system has been introduced for courses starting in September 2017.

The tariff reflects the entry requirements for each course. Each of your grades is given a number equivalent. For instance at A-Level: A*= 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24 E = 16 AS-Level grades are worth 40% of the A-Level score. You can work out your grades here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator
The entry requirements for our courses should be used as a general guide as we operate a flexible admissions policy. This means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. This can include Accredited Prior Learning (APL), which is assessed on the basis of either: other relevant academic qualifications (PDC) in addition to successful completion of an HND/FdA/pertinent professional/work related experience.

For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful. You can call us at any time if you need help, advice or guidance with your application.

Call our Admissions Co-ordinator on 01424 458466.

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