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How to Apply through ucas

All applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). This applies to UK, EU & International students. Please apply through the UCAS website where you can also find further information regarding the application process.

If you have any questions about the UCAS website you can telephone UCAS customer services on +44 (0)870 11 222 11. You can email enquiries@ucas.ac.uk for an automated response with general information and guidance on the UCAS procedures.

The UCAS code and number for UEA is EANGL E14.

Why not also register your details with us. You'll receive information tailored to your interests, including email updates on the latest news and events happening at our University.

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Keeping in contact with UEA

If you have any questions or concerns around your application, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us via admissions@uea.ac.uk. Please remember to include your full name and UCAS ID in your email. We mainly keep in touch by email, so if your email address changes, please update it through UCAS. It is also important that you regularly check UCAS Track for updates. Finally please remember to keep an eye on your spam folder in case emails from us get caught in it.

Personal Statement guide

As part of your UCAS application you will have to write a personal statement.  We've put together a guide to writing high standard personal statements to help you. It's full of do's and don'ts and advice about what admissions tutors are looking for.

When to Apply

2021 entry

For entry in September 2021 (or entry deferred to September 2022), your application should be sent to UCAS as soon as possible after 1 September 2020.

The last dates for receipt of applications are:

  • 15 October 2020 for candidates including Oxford and Cambridge or a Medicine degree course among their entries
  • 15 January 2021 for candidates not including Oxford and Cambridge or Medicine among their entries.

Applications received after 15 January 2021 will be considered at the University's discretion.

Applying as an international student?

Find out more about country-specific qualifications needed to apply for courses at UEA by visiting your country page.

Further Information

Entry qualifications

 

Requirements

In order to be accepted to a degree course at UEA, you must satisfy two requirements:

  • You must hold at least a Grade C or Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and English or a recognised equivalent (please note that in exceptional cases the above may be waived)
  • You must satisfy the particular requirements for your degree programme (for example, specified grades in accepted qualifications).

Qualifications

A wide range of qualifications are acceptable and the admissions office will be able to give you advice on your own personal circumstances.  All of our courses have an entry requirements tab and you can check these by using our course search.

UCAS Tariff

Our offers ask for you to achieve grades in the qualifications that you are studying.  It is not our normal practice to give you an offer in UCAS Tariff points.  However, it is important that you display all of your qualifications on your UCAS Application as we may look at the additional qualifications undertaken by you, and they have UCAS Tariff points attached to them.  If you have not quite met the offer in grades we may look to see how many UCAS Tariff points you have to help with our decision making.

Key Skill Qualifications

Key Skills are an increasingly important part of both school and university education and accordingly all students are encouraged to develop these skills and evidence this on the UCAS application form.

Provision of Key Skills is not currently universal amongst schools and colleges, and so the University will not at this stage require Key Skills as a part of the general entrance requirement.

International Students

We would encourage you to visit our International pages for more information on the Country you are applying from.  You will also find our English Language requirements on the 'requirements' tab for each course by using the course search.

Further Information on Entry Qualifications 

A levels and AS levels

Our minimum General Entry Requirement is that all  A-level students should hold at least five GCE/GCSE passes, including two at GCE A-level.

We normally require candidates to have passes in at least three A-levels or their equivalent, and we may require specific subjects for certain courses.  We recognise that since 2015  English students may be studying a mixture of old and reformed AS and A-levels, but we are not distinguishing our offers between modular or linear.  

We will not disadvantage a student who does not carry a fourth AS-level.  At results time, if a student fails to meet the entry requirements, we will pay particular attention to any additional qualifications, the type of A-level undertake, and qualification policy of the School, the GCSE performance, predictions, references and personal statement.

Revised Science  A levels

Where a Science A Level subject has a practical element, we will require a pass.  If you are given a conditional offer, we should state this requirement.  If you do not pass the practical element, we will reassess your application, taking into account your results, personal statement and reference.

GCSE reform in England

UEA is reviewing our GCSE policy on an annual basis as more subjects in England are moved to the revised programme, with the numeric grading system.  We also recognise that many students will be wanting to use their GCSE results as a guide for A Level choices. At UEA we require students to achieve a Grade C or Grade 4 in GCSE English, and GCSE Mathematics for matriculation purposes.  However, some of our courses require a higher grade at GCSE. 

If a student is required to achieve a Grade B at GCSE we will be asking for a Grade 5.

If a student is required to achieve a Grade A at GCSE We will be asking for a Grade 7.

Where we have a subject specific requirement for a GCSE we will show the subject and grade required on the Course requirements page.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

UEA recognises the importance of this qualification and the value it places on independent research.  As well as giving you the opportunity of applying for our 'Bright Spark' Scholarship in 2018 we will give you an alternative offer, including the EPQ, alongside the standard offer.  Applicants who present with the EPQ can achieve one grade lower on the A Levels if an A Grade is achieved in the EPQ.  Details of the exact offer will be transmitted to you via UCAS.

BTEC's and CTEC's

Students must normally hold at merit overall to be considered and each course will specify the requirements.  If an Extended Diploma is studied the BTEC or CTEC must be in a relevant subject.  We accept combinations of A Levels and a BTEC or CTEC.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

The University welcomes applications from Scottish students, and applicants qualify for entry to courses at the University either with suitable Highers, or Advanced Highers, or with a combination of the two. In assessing combinations for entry, admissions staff will look for breadth of study across 4 or 5 subjects, but may require specific grades in certain subjects.

International Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applications from students holding the International Baccalaureate diploma.

Students should offer at least 28 points overall and we may in some instances require you to have a specific number of points in subjects taken at Higher level.

Details of specific International Baccalaureate scores are listed in the undergraduate prospectus.

European Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applications from students holding the European Baccalaureate diploma.

Students should offer at least 7 points (70%) overall and we may in some instances require you to have a specific number of points in certain subjects.

Details of specific European Baccalaureate scores can be obtained from individual schools of study.

What happens next?

 

Your UCAS application is sent to us

On receipt of your application form UCAS records the details of your application and sends a copy of your form simultaneously to each university or college you have listed. This may take a while and you should not therefore expect an immediate response to your application.  We do send an acknowledgement email to you, to confirm that we have received the application.

Your UEA application number - When your application is received at UCAS you will be given a serial number. This number is unique to your application, and you should ensure that you quote this number in any correspondence with UEA or with UCAS, as it will allow us to quickly identify your specific records.

We mainly keep in touch by email, so if your email address changes, please update it through UCAS. You might also want to add admissions@uea.ac.uk to your address book so we don't get caught in any spam filters.

Our Admissions Service makes a decision

When we receive your application from UCAS it is passed to the Admissions Service dealing with the course in question who will decide whether an offer is to be made or whether you are to be invited for interview.

Your UCAS application will be checked to make sure you have all the qualifications needed to meet the minimum entry requirements.

After we have reviewed your application, we'll either;

  • offer you a conditional or unconditional place on the course, or tell you that your application has been unsuccessful

  • ask you for more information. (For example, details of your qualifications or a Fee Status Assessment.)

  • invite you to an interview

  • tell you that we're holding your application until we know more about other applicants. This may be because your qualifications don't quite meet the entry requirements, or because you've applied for a particularly competitive course.

Whatever happens, we'll be in touch as soon as your application has been reviewed by email to let you know.  

See below to find out more about Interviews and Offers. 

Interviews and offers

 

Interviews

If you are called for interview, you will have an opportunity to find out about the University as most interviews are held during Applicant Days. Your interviewers will be interested to discover more about you than is on the application form, and topics covered in the interviews are likely to include your current studies, your reasons for choosing to apply for the course in question, and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

All of our Health courses require you to attend an interview and you can find out more about the structure of these days by looking at the entry requirements for the course.

When we select you for an interview we will write to you by email explaining when the day is, what to expect and the time you need to attend.

Offers without interviews

If an offer is made without an interview it means that we have been able to make a decision based on the information on your UCAS application.  This includes your academic history, studies that might not yet be complete and their predicted outcome, the academic reference and most importantly your Personal Statement.  We take into account all aspects of your application when coming to this decision.

Your offer

Your offer will either be unconditional  - this means that you have met all of the academic requirements of the course.

OR

Your offer will be conditional - this means that we require you to complete and achieve the offer the grades that we communicate to you via UCAS. Normally these are Level 3 qualifications i.e A Levels, IB, Access or BTEC qualifications.

Sometimes there are non academic conditions that need to be met to enter the course.  They can include;

  • A satisfactory enhanced police check.
  • A satisfactory occupational health check.
  • A satisfactory second reference.

If your course requires you to meet these non-academic conditions it will be transmitted at point of offer through UCAS.

Before you make a decision

Most importantly you will be given the opportunity to find out more about the University on one of our Applicant Days before you have to reply to the offer. This will give you a chance to see the University in person or online - to meet students and staff, and to discuss with members of the University any points you may wish to raise about the course, how you should prepare for it, and life at the University.

Deferred entry

 

A year between school or college and university can be of substantial benefit to the maturity and motivation of students, and we welcome deferred entry applications.

How to defer undergraduate study

When filling out your UCAS form, make sure you tick the deferred entry box and choose the correct year of entry. We also like to know what your plans are for your year out. You could elect to go travelling, get a job and earn some money, or gain experience in your chosen subject. Whatever you decide to do, detail your plans in your personal statement; admission officers will wish to see that you have made constructive use of your time. 

What happens next?

During the year before you are due to start university we will get in contact with you to confirm your place and send you some more information about your course and what you need to do before you begin university. It’s therefore important to keep an eye on your emails. 

What if I no longer want my university place?

If you change your mind about going to university, you must let us know so we can offer your place to another student. Contact the admissions team as soon as you’ve made your final decision.