UK and EU students with settled/pre-settled status can apply for our full-time undergraduate degree courses through UCAS. If you want to study part-time, you can usually apply directly to us.
In 2024 the initial application deadline for most degrees, except medicine and some art and design courses, is 31 January. However, you can still apply through UCAS after this date.
If you're an international student, please visit our international admissions page for information on how to apply.
When you're applying to university, there are a few important things to do and dates to remember. Here's our quick guide.
With over 37,000 courses to choose from, at around 395 universities and colleges, you might be wondering where to start. You’ve got a big decision to make and with so many options it’s a good idea to pin down exactly what you want from your university experience.
Here are our recommendations.
Before you start, choose a professional-looking email address and dig out your exam certificates for details of grades and exam boards. Then go to UCAS Apply and fill out the application form, where you will be able to select up to five courses.
UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and their website ucas.com is your portal to the world of higher education.
Using UCAS Apply is really simple. The main sections are:
Once you've filled out all the details, simply submit your application and UCAS will pass it on to the universities you're interested in.
If you're interested in transferring to ARU, you can also apply through UCAS. Just let us know which year you're applying for (for example, Year 2). We'll consider applications for advanced entry to most of our courses, though there are a few exceptions: see our transfer page for details.
A personal statement helps to support your university application. It's a great way to tell your chosen university a bit more about you, and what you want to achieve through your studies.
It’s really important to take time to think about, plan and write the best possible statement. Our guide to writing your personal statement can help you there.
Personal statements are a maximum of 4,000 characters (about one side of typed A4) when applying through UCAS. If you apply through ARU online, the maximum word count is 2,000 words.
Once you’ve hit submit and UCAS has acknowledged receipt of your application, you’ll have access to UCAS Hub.
UCAS Hub lets you keep track of your applications and amend some personal details (for example, if you move house or change email address).
Offers can be accepted or declined through UCAS Hub, so don't forget to log in regularly and check the status of your applications.
You can also use UCAS Hub to apply through 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. You may also apply for a university place through Clearing using UCAS Hub, if you are still to receive any offers when Clearing opens.
Once you've applied for a course at ARU, 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.
In common with other universities, there are three possible decisions we'll make about your application.
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.
You've already met all the academic requirements; your university may contact you for proof of your qualifications.
We may make an unconditional offer to applicants who have not yet completed their qualifications. These are called contextual offers and you'll find more details on our After you apply page.
Once you’ve got all your offers you’ll have to reply to each one on UCAS Hub. Even if you've received five offers, you're only allowed to keep two. There are three ways that you can respond.
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.
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.
You can decline offers that you've decided aren't right for you.
If you decline your offers or have not yet received any, you can apply for another university course using UCAS Extra.
If you've applied to ARU and have any questions about your application or your course, we're here to help.
Contact our Admissions Customer Service Team:
We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, and Friday 9am-4.30pm.