Admissions Statement Admissions Statement

The University is committed to providing an admissions service which is both professional and fair, and which facilitates entry to the University for high quality candidates who will engage with and contribute to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the institution. The University seeks to undertake this action by identifying merit and potential and ensuring that its admissions process is fair and transparent to all regardless of background.

Our admissions policy applies to the admission of full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate taught applicants, including Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and Masters programmes and adheres to the current University's Corporate Plan.

The University of East Anglia recognises the precepts of the Quality Assurance Agency's Code of Practice.  The University recognises the following legislation as relevant to the admissions process;

  • Equality Act (2010) (incorporates the Age Discrimination Act, Equal Pay Act, Sex Discrimination Act, Race Relations Act and Disability Discrimination Act)

  • All relevant Data Protection laws

  • Freedom of Information Act 2000

  • Human Rights Act 1998

  • Race Relations Act 1976 and Race Relations Amendment Act 2000

  • Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001

This policy is the responsibility of the Head of Admissions and is reviewed annually by the Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing Executive.

Our Admissions Policy

  1. Entry Requirements
  2. How we handle an application
  3. Offers of a Place to Study
  4. Record Keeping
  5. Applicants with Additional Support Needs
  6. Admission of Applicants under the age of 18
  7. Feedback Policy
  8. Appeals and Complaints Procedure
  9. Assessing Applications from Staff or their Near Relatives
  10. Assessing Applications with a Declared Criminal Conviction
  11. Student Transfer Policy

1.  Entry Requirements

All of our courses have an entry requirements tab and you can check these by using our course finder.

The UEA Academic Calendar publishes each year the General Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Taught Programmes. Candidates must satisfy both minimum general entry requirements and course specific entry requirements. In certain cases it may be possible for a student who does not meet specific elements of the University's general entry requirements to gain admission. Where the admissions office wishes to make an offer on academic grounds to an applicant in this situation, they will refer the case to the Head of the relevant School for their agreement. The University will only make offers to applicants who demonstrate that they are academically equipped to successfully complete their proposed course of study.

In providing information to the University prospective students are required to make submissions which are full, unambiguous and honest, and any offer made by the University is made in good faith. Where inaccurate information has been dishonestly provided to the University or where wilful misrepresentation or omission has occurred, a student may be precluded from admission to the University.

All International students entering study must have a Tier 4 visa which satisfies the minimum requirement financially and for English language, as laid out by the UK Visa and Immigration Department (see UKVI website for current details). 

Some courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and those offered a place of study when asked, must declare any criminal convictions or cautions they may have, and will be required to secure a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Such disclosure is usually sought because the relevant professional body requires it but in some cases the University and/or the organisation with which it arranges placements may have identified a potential level of exposure to children or vulnerable adults which makes such a check appropriate. In such cases where admissions teams wish to make an offer on academic grounds to an applicant it must be clear that this is subject to a satisfactory disclosure.

Applications should be dealt with in accordance with guidance provided by the UEA Student Disclosure Service.

2. How we handle an application

An application must be made by the following way;

a) Undergraduate Full Time courses via UCAS Service

b) MA Social Work via UCAS Service

c) PGCE Master Level Initial Teacher Training via UCAS Teacher Training Service

d) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies via Central Applications Board

e) Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate in Educational Psychology via the appropriate Clearing House

f) All other courses at UEA via the University online Application Service

Our primary criterion is our assessment of a candidate's academic achievements to date, and potential for the future. Necessarily, the nature, content and mode of delivery of the course of study for which the candidate has applied will influence the weighting we give to particular academic aptitudes and achievements in this assessment.We consider it both necessary and appropriate to take the personal and educational circumstances and history of each applicant into account when making this assessment; admissions teams will be sensitive to the opportunities a student may have had to achieve and any obstacles that may have affected academic progress and may consider such mitigating circumstances accordingly.

The process of consideration of applications for entry at the University of East Anglia necessarily reflects the demand for particular courses. For many courses the University receives substantially more applications than the number of places available. In such circumstances our selection processes and criteria are oriented towards providing opportunities for the candidates who we judge will secure the greatest academic benefit from completing the course and who, in turn, will make the most positive contribution to the academic community of the University.

Selection Interviews  

Where interviews are an integral part of the selection process offers will not be made unless an interview is conducted.  Where a selection interview is not compulsory the University may nonetheless invite candidates to visit the University for a selection interview and to provide an opportunity to discuss their application further and to meet staff in Schools of Study prior to making a decision.

Selection interviews are held for the purpose of determining whether or not an offer of admission is to be made to the applicant and/or the terms of any conditional offer to be made. Applicants will be advised of the date and expected location, duration and whether any written test or submission of work will be required during the interview.

UEA Interview policy.

Extenuating circumstances guidance for applicants

Extenuating circumstances are not normally considered in advance of the receipt of a full application (usually via UCAS). We expect any extenuating circumstances affecting exam performance and grades to have been reported to the school and exam boards under their special consideration processes. 

We may not be able to consider any extenuating circumstances affecting predicted grades if we are subsequently informed after the application deadline. Extenuating circumstances that may affect interview performance should be reported to us as soon as possible prior to or after interview.

3. Offers of a place to study

Changes Made To Courses Of Study After The Point Of Offer   

Where a significant change has been made to the name, content or structure of a course for which an applicant has been made the offer of a place, the admissions teams shall write to that applicant outlining the changes and providing advice as appropriate. This may include advice concerning possible alternatives if the student does not wish to apply for the original course.

Time Limit For Considering Applications

Unless a candidate is to be invited to attend a selection interview, the University will aim to respond to all applications no more than 14 working days after receipt of the completed application.

Where a candidate is invited to attend for a selection interview, either at the interview or within 3 days they will be informed of the time frame of when they will hear about a decision.

Offers Conditional on Academic Results

a) ‘Typical' Offers

The University indicates ‘typical' offers in its prospectus and on the website. These reflect the conditional offer made to a typical applicant after full consideration of their application. ‘Typical' offers are not, therefore the ‘default' or ‘standard' offer and are not made in substitution for a full and thorough consideration of an application.

b) Matriculation

The terms of any conditional offer must ensure that the applicant will have fulfilled the University's matriculation requirements on entry or have been granted an appropriate waiver.

Non-Academic Pre-Requisites For Admission

Occupational Health Checks & DBS Clearance

Entrance to particular courses may require a satisfactory health check or DBS clearance. Where such a check may be required this should be stated for the relevant course entry.

Academically Unconditional Offers

An academically unconditional offer of admission implies that the University is satisfied that the applicant has met all academic requirements for admission. If such an offer is made, the University will make it clear if there are non-academic requirements (e.g. the satisfactory provision of a DBS and Occupational Health Check) that remain to be fulfilled and by when.

Fully Unconditional Offers

A fully unconditional offer of admission implies that the University is satisfied that the applicant has met all the requirements for admission, both academic and non-academic. Where such an offer is made, the University will make it clear that this is the case.

Communicating Offers To Applicants

Communication of offers will set out the terms of an offer clearly, unambiguously, and will set out what the procedure is for responding to that offer unless such guidance is already provided by an agency such as UCAS. Any course administered through UCAS (Undergraduate and UTT) will transmit the official offer through them.

An offer will be made by the University in one of the following ways;

a) Undergraduate Full Time courses via UCAS Service

b) MA Social Work via UCAS Service

c) PGCE Master Level Initial Teacher Training via UCAS Teacher Training Service

d) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies via Central Applications Board

e) Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate in Educational Psychology via the appropriate Clearing House

f) All other courses at UEA via direct correspondence

Offers Outside UCAS: Time Limits For Acceptance

a) Where an offer is made that specifies a deadline by which a response is to be received, the deadline will provide reasonable time for the applicant to reply.

b) Where no deadline is specified, offers should indicate that the offer is for admission on a specific date of registration (normally at the beginning of a specific academic year) and will lapse if the student has not registered by that date.


Before issuing a rejection admissions teams should consider whether the applicant might be offered a place on a suitable alternative course. Where a candidate's application is unsuccessful, communication with the candidate should be prompt, courteous and explicit.

Recording Decisions

It is the responsibility of admissions teams to ensure that an adequate and appropriate record is kept of the grounds on which any decision is based. 

4. Record Keeping

Corporate Information Systems

Admissions staff are responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date records on the University's corporate information systems that relate to admissions.

Documentary Records

A confidential documentary record should be maintained of:

Additional information regarded as pertinent to consideration of an application. Any interview conducted for selection purposes. The basis of any decisions (including rejection) or other significant transactions.

This is of particular importance where non-academic factors are involved.


Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing (ARM) undertakes statistical monitoring of applications and applications processing on behalf of the University.  ARM are also expected to monitor year on year data in respect of courses for which they are responsible in order to be able to respond appropriately in terms of planning and admissions policies. 

The Admissions office has a University Policy for Record Keeping.

5. Applicants with Additional Support Needs

Please see our policy for applicants with additional support needs.

6. Admission of Applicants under the age of 18

Please see our policy for admission of applicants under the age of 18.

7. Feedback Policy

The University recognises that provision of constructive feedback is an element of good customer care and will provide such feedback to applicants who have been unsuccessful in gaining an offer of a place of study on request from that applicant. Feedback on specific applications will not be offered to other parties (e.g. parents or teachers) without the express consent of the applicant.
Requests for feedback must be made by the applicant in writing within three months of the date that the application was unsuccessful. The Admissions Service will endeavour to provide feedback in writing within 15 working days of receipt of a request for feedback, or inform applicants when feedback will be provided.

Feedback is usually made in the form of a standard set of text which indicates into which rejection category the applicant was placed. Additional comments about specific cases may be included, which may take the form of advice as to how to improve any future applications. The University will not normally offer further feedback but it is at the discretion of the Admissions Officer to decide whether to enter into further correspondence after the provision of initial feedback or to review a decision. Any decision to overturn a rejection must be made in the context of the admissions criteria applied to all other applications to that course of study.

8. Appeals and Complaints Procedure

Please see our appeals and complaints procedure.

9. Assessing Applications from Staff or their Near Relatives

Please see our applications from staff or their near relatives policy.

10. Assessing Applications with a declared Criminal Conviction

Please see our criminal conviction policy.

11. Student Transfer Policy

Please see our student transfer policy

Updated September 2019