If you are applying for an undergraduate course at the University of Bristol, you will need to complete a UCAS application. Applications will be accepted by UCAS from September.
The closing date for Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Science (excluding Veterinary Science with pre-Veterinary year) for both home and international applicants is 15 October. The closing date for all other courses is 15 January. Applicants, including overseas applicants, can apply up to 30 June, but many popular courses fill up quickly, so you should apply as close to the January deadline as possible. For more detailed information on the application process, please visit our how to apply page.
For information on key dates, please visit key application dates.
We welcome mature students both full-time and part-time and value the contribution they make to the University community. There are mature undergraduates in all faculties and a significant number study part-time for certificates, diplomas and degrees.
We value applications from prospective students who have taken alternative qualifications to A-levels, such as the IB or international qualifications. Information on the acceptability of international qualifications can be found by visiting our international office website.
If you are a mature applicant, we may ask you to take an Access to Higher Education course at your local FE College before undertaking one of our degrees. Please check each course's entry requirements to see whether Access qualifications are accepted. Please visit Access to Higher Education for information on where Access courses are run.
We want to tell you of our decision as soon as we can. We start processing applications on 1 October. We aim to send you an email to let you know that we have received your application within 24 hours. If you do not hear anything within six weeks, please contact us.
Please bear in mind that many of our most popular schools receive several thousand applications, and it takes some time to consider them all carefully. How your application is assessed once it reaches us is explained in each admissions statement or contact Admissions.
If you applied by 15 January, the latest that most of you will hear from us is 31 March, but of course many of you will hear within a few weeks of applying. Decisions sent to UCAS can be viewed later that day by logging onto the UCAS Track System using your username/password.
We welcome deferred applications for most courses. Please visit our website for information on deferred applications.
No, we generally do not require you to take an external admissions test. We only ask you to take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) if you are applying to study Law. This test enables us to make fairer choices among the many highly-qualified applicants who apply to our law course. Applicants for Engineering Design are required to complete a University of Bristol test in Mathematics alongside their interview as part of the selection procedure for this course.
Extra is open to you if you have not been offered a place from your current five choices or you have declined a place. If you become eligible for Extra, UCAS will contact you automatically, and you can then apply for further courses through Extra. You can only have one Extra application running at any one time. However, Bristol does not have courses open in Extra every year. Please check the UCAS website to see if any courses at Bristol are open for Extra applications.
Clearing is a service run by UCAS highlighting any places still left on courses after August (when results are received). You can then apply for any places left, if you did not have an offer or did not meet the terms of your offers and are not holding a place. If you become eligible for Clearing, UCAS will contact you automatically. The University of Bristol is usually oversubscribed so does not enter into Clearing, however please check the UCAS website to see if any of our courses are open for Clearing applications.
If you are already a student at another UK university or college of higher education and wish to transfer to a degree course at the University of Bristol, you should apply through UCAS. Please contact Admissions informally first, to see if your application could be considered. Please note that unfortunately it is not possible to transfer to the Medical or Dental Schools.
Come and visit us at one of our University open days. Our next open days for prospective undergraduates will take place on Thursday 28 June and provisionally Saturday 22 September 2012. If you are unable to attend one of these days there are still many opportunities to visit. We offer tours for prospective students during the summer. We also hold information sessions for mature applicants throughout the year. If you apply to the University and are offered a place, we will invite you to a departmental visit day where you will get the chance to see the facilities available to you.
We have also launched a free self-guided walking tour.
Studying for a degree is a big commitment and we understand that you may not have time to study full time. Part-time study enables you to study on a more flexible basis to fit in with any work and family commitments you may have.
Part-time degree study is available on certain courses such as Archaeological Studies, History of Art and languages. Please check your chosen degree course's entry section for details, or check the course index page
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any of our undergraduate degree courses by online or distance learning at present.
For fee purposes, we classify all students as UK, EU or international. The amount you pay in tuition fees and the financial support available to help you with this and living expenses depend on your fee classification. The final decision on fee classification is made after an academic decision has been made on your application. Fee classification advice is available.
Tuition fees for Home/EU students can be found on our money matters website.
If you are an international (non-EU) student, your tuition fees will depend on your course of study. For more details, please visit our money matters website.
The University has around 3,500 residential places within catered and self-catered accommodation for undergraduate students. We guarantee to give you an offer of accommodation during your first year of study in Bristol provided you meet the conditions required. Please note that this guarantee is reviewed annually.
Accommodation information and details on how to apply can be found in the online Guide for new Undergraduates. Once you have firmly accepted your place at Bristol you will need to submit an online application. Accommodation will be allocated after A-level confirmation.
Our Accommodation Office will try to match your requests for halls of residence but some residences are more over-subscribed than others.
If we are unable to allocate you a room in your preferred residence then we will try to find you a room in the second residence on your list. We consider leisure activities, interests and course when allocating rooms or flat-groups to ensure a good mix of students.
The cost of living in Bristol will depend on your lifestyle. Details of current accommodation costs can be found through the Accommodation Office website.
For details of typical living expenses, please visit our money matters website.
You can apply for accommodation through the online accommodation booking form from the beginning of June of your year of entry.