The University welcomes applications from individuals who are disabled, have a long term medical or mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia and aims to support such individuals before and after applying to the University. Information on possible support is available from our Disability Services. Applicants are invited to declare a disability on their application forms. We strongly advise individuals to disclose this information in their applications so that we can make an appropriate assessment of any necessary reasonable adjustments that we can make to support their studies.
This process will also provide information that applicants can take into account when deciding whether to accept an offer made by the University. Please note that failure to disclose a disability at this stage, may delay arrangements for support or any required reasonable adjustments. All applications are considered based on the applicants’ academic merit and potential for their chosen programmes. We do not take information disclosed regarding an applicant’s disability or impairment into account when making a decision on their admission. Applicants for programmes with ‘fitness to practice’ criteria such as teaching are also required to complete an occupational health questionnaire if they are successful in gaining an offer.
Applicants who are offered a place are invited to provide further details about any specific support they might need. Please note that simply declaring a disability on your application form will not automatically mean that support can be provided. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to provide details requested in relation to their required support.
The University will consider the non-standard qualifications or the work or life experience of applicants on an individual basis and with regard to the principles of this Policy, and the academic and other relevant requirements of their chosen programmes of study.
There is no minimum age for entry to the University. However, the admissions criteria for undergraduate courses normally include national qualifications that in general are obtained at the age of 17 or 18. Individuals who join the University before they have reached the age of 18 are admitted under the University’s Safeguarding Policy.
Applicants are required to disclose unspent convictions on their application forms and where the course of study is likely to bring the individual into contact with children or vulnerable adults, a disclosure will also be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The University is committed to the fair treatment of all applicants and having a criminal record will not necessarily bar an applicant from gaining admission to the University. However, the University recognizes its duty to protect its students, staff and others within its community and reserves the right, to exclude an individual from a course of study or from the University where their attendance would pose a real threat to the safety or property of staff, students, visitors, those coming into contact with the applicant during their studies, or others involved in University business; or would be contrary to the law or the requirements of any relevant professional, statutory or regulatory body.
Applicants are permitted to defer their application for one year when they first apply to the University or by writing to the Admissions Office after their application has been submitted. Any conditions that are attached to an offer for deferred entry must be fulfilled by 31 August of the year of application. Conditional offers cannot be deferred and entry cannot be deferred for more than one year.