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After you've applied

So you've applied for a course and now you're wondering what happens next...

How do we assess your application?

The University of Bradford strives to ensure that all applications, regardless of the competitiveness of the course, are assessed fairly and consistently.

Once you have submitted your application to UCAS it is sent to our Admission Office for consideration. Admissions Officers assess your application against a pre-determined set of criteria provided by Admissions Tutors to determine whether or not you are suitable for the course or courses you have applied for. To do this we look carefully at your existing qualifications and the predicted grades of any qualifications you are currently taking, as well as your personal statement and academic reference. For some of our more competitive courses your application will be initially assessed based on the content of your personal statement.

If you do not meet the requirements of the course you have applied for it may be possible for us to consider you for an alternative course or one of our Foundation Years.

All applications that have been submitted before 15 January will receive equal consideration by the Admissions Officers. Applications received after this deadline will be considered however for some of our competitive courses we may not be able to consider any new applications at this stage.

When will you receive a decision?

We aim to make decisions on applications as quickly as possible. For those applications that have been submitted to UCAS prior to the 15 January deadline we aim to have all decisions processed by mid-February. Some of our courses require applicants to be interviewed prior to making a decision on their application. If you have applied for one of these courses it may take longer to receive a response.

All decisions regarding your application will be communicated to you via UCAS.

If you are successful in receiving an offer from the University of Bradford you will be sent a formal letter through the post along with information about the School you have applied to and an invitation to an Applicant Experience Day. If you are applying from outside the UK you will be emailed further information about the School you have applied to.

If you are unsuccessful in your application and would like feedback this should be requested in writing by emailing (please ensure you quote your UCAS ID number in the email).

Some of our courses hold interviews prior to a decision being made on an application. Alternative arrangements can be made for applicants that are not living in the UK. You should make the most of the interview to find out further information about the university and course you have applied for.

Applicant Experience Days

If you are living in the UK and have received a conditional or unconditional offer to study at the University of Bradford you will be invited to an Applicant Experience Day. A typical Applicant Experience Day will include a tour of our world-class facilities and campus, as well as the opportunity to talk to academic staff and current students about studying at Bradford. You should come away from an Applicant Experience Day knowing whether the University of Bradford and the course that you have applied for is right for you.

If you're planning a visit to the University of Bradford and are new to the area, we recommend taking some time to explore Bradford and see what student life here could entail. We have compiled a guide to the city which can help you to plan a visit.

More information is available on our Applicant Experience Days webpage.

Replying to your offers

Once you have received a decision from all universities you have applied to you will receive correspondence from UCAS that you are able to respond to your offers. You should choose one offer as your Firm choice and another as your Insurance choice. Any other offers will then be declined.

Think carefully before you decide which offers to accept because you are committed to the places you accept.

More information on replying to offers is available on the UCAS website (external link).

When you get your results

Congratulations if you have got the grades you needed. If you've already accepted your place, you don't need to do anything else.

If you have studied A-levels or BTEC qualifications we will normally receive your results directly from UCAS. However if you are sitting any other qualification, including qualifications from outside the UK, we will not receive the results from UCAS and it is your responsibility to ensure we receive your official results. We advise that you send us your results as soon as possible. Please contact the relevant team in the Admissions Office.

Don't worry if you haven't got the results you needed, you should still call the University to find out about your place.

If you do better than expected, it's also worth calling us to find out whether you can still get a place through Adjustment.

Have a look at our Clearing website to find out more.


Whether you are looking to stay in University-owned or private rented accommodation, try to do your research on the costs, locations and types of accommodation available as soon as possible. 

More information is available on our accommodation pages.

Applying for student finance

Home students can apply for help such as tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and maintenance grants.

EU students can apply for tuition fee loans.

See our Fees, finance and scholarships page for all the information and links you need.