Before Applying

Bucks stand at UCAS Fair
Explore your options at UCAS Fairs

UCAS exhibitions are a unique opportunity for students – and anyone supporting them – to explore the wide range of opportunities available after school or college, all in one setting. Whether you're interested in applying to uni or looking at alternative options, you're sure to find something that appeals to you! We attend a number of these events throughout the year, take a look at our UCAS Events section for more information. We’d love to chat to you at one of the events soon!

Have a good look round the University

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, a great way to find out whether the University is the right place for you is to come to an open day. You’ll get to meet current students, chat with tutors, and have a good look round our facilities and accommodation. And there’ll be lots of opportunity to ask any questions about what we offer, or what you can expect as a student here.

Choose the right course for you

If there’s a particular subject or industry you’re interested in, have a browse through our course section and see what we offer in that particular field. There's a range of undergraduate courses to choose from, in everything from travel and aviation, to textiles and policing, so there’s likely to be something on offer that sparks your interest and inspires you to want to find out more.

It’s also worth having a think about the way you want to study, and at what level you feel comfortable starting off at. We’ve got a range of Foundation Degrees and Foundation Year programmes available, which might be a good option if you don’t quite meet the requirements or feel prepared for a full degree straight away.

Get to grips with your finances

Tuition fees are a key matter for all students, and it’s important you are familiar with how to pay for the fees and living costs, and what financial support may be available. You’ll find details of our course fees on our individual course pages and information on student finance in our fees and funding section. Try to apply for any loans as early as you can, to make sure you’ve got finance in place by the start of the academic year.

Take time over your personal statement

Your personal statement is really important as it’s the one opportunity you have to personalise your application and explain your suitability for your course. It is also one of the most time consuming parts of your application, so allow plenty of time to get it right. Read our guidance on how to write a great personal statement.

Don’t miss anything – including the deadlines

Above all, make sure your application is completed in full before you submit it to UCAS. You’ll find full instructions and guidance notes at An incomplete application may not be considered by our Admissions Team.

To guarantee that we will consider your application, it’s crucial you submit it by the 15 January deadline. We can only consider applications received after this date if we have any available spaces.

For more information about the application process and key deadlines, visit our How to Apply section.