Undergraduate admissions

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You can apply for Anglia Ruskin's undergraduate degree courses through UCAS. There's an application link on all our course pages. 

When you're applying to university, there are a few important things to do and dates to remember. Here's our quick guide.

Do your research

June-September is the best time to think about what courses you’re interested in and where you'd like to study. It's also a good time to strengthen your personal statement, by getting some work experience or attending a summer school. 

From October-June, checking out an open day is really helpful as you’ll meet current students and get to talk to the lecturers who teach the courses. You’ll get a real understanding of what you’ll be doing if you choose that course.

Visit one of our undergraduate Open Days to explore the courses on offer, campuses, accommodation and more.

Start your application

Submit your application to UCAS, who'll pass it on to the universities you're interested in. UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and their website ucas.com is your portal to the world of higher education. 

Use UCAS Apply to register your personal details, select up to five choices, and enter your personal statement.

Before you start, choose a professional-looking email address and dig out your exam certificates for details of grades and exam boards

UCAS Apply

Using UCAS Apply is really simple. The main sections are:

  • personal details
  • support needs/requirements
  • completed qualifications
  • pending qualifications (including GCSEs if retaking)
  • paid/voluntary employment
  • personal statement
  • payment – £13 for one choice, £24 for more than one choice.

The application deadline for most degrees, except some art and design courses, is 15 January.

If you're applying for a part-time course at Anglia Ruskin, you can usually apply directly to us using the 'Apply online' button on your course page.

Track your application

UCAS Track

Once you’ve hit submit and UCAS has acknowledged receipt of your application, you’ll have access to UCAS Track.

UCAS Track does what it says on the tin: it lets you keep track of your applications and amend some personal details (for example, if you move house or change email address).

Some offers can be accepted or declined through UCAS Track, so don't forget to log in regularly and check the status of your applications. You can apply for a university place through Clearing using UCAS Track, too.

You can also use UCAS Track to register for UCAS Extra. This is a way of making a further choice after you've applied, if you don’t quite find the right course or university at first.

Once you've applied for a course at Anglia Ruskin, we'll also send you an email inviting you to access our applicant portal. As a student, you can continue to use the portal for useful information such as course timetables.

Make your final decision

In common with other universities, there are three possible decisions we'll make about your application.

1. Conditional offer

You're offered a place if you meet certain conditions, which are usually based on your exams. If you're accepting a conditional offer, you’ll need to meet all the conditions before you start the course. Make sure you understand the requirements.

You may be asked to achieve specific UCAS tariff points (such as 260 points from two A levels), or grades in named subjects (for example, B in chemistry, C in physics). You might need to get specific grades in the individual units that make up these subjects.

2. Unconditional offer

You've met all the academic requirements; your university may contact you for proof of your qualifications.

3. Unsuccessful

You've not been offered a place on your chose course. Check our page Troubleshooting your results if you haven't received any offers.

Making your final decision

Once you’ve got all your offers you’ll have to reply to each one on UCAS Track. Even if you've received five offers, you're only allowed to keep two. There are three ways that you can reply.

1. Firm acceptance

Your preferred choice. If you're accepting an unconditional offer this’ll be the only place you accept and will be where you’ll study. If you're accepting a conditional offer, this will be your first choice if you meet the conditions.

2. Insurance acceptance

Your back-up choice. This is where you’ll study if you don’t meet the conditions of your conditional firm acceptance but do meet the conditions of your insurance choice. We recommend accepting an insurance choice that's a grade or two below your firm choice. If you don't achieve your predicted grades you'll still have a university place waiting for you.

3. Decline

You can decline offers that you've decided aren't right for you.

Application timeline

Our timeline highlights the main dates and deadlines you'll need to be aware of when applying to university. 

UCAS checklist

You might find it helpful to use our simple UCAS checklist. It covers the whole application process from registering with UCAS to getting your offer and confirmation letter.