Academic Year 2020/21 Undergraduate Admissions Update

To ensure a consistent university admissions process for Northern Ireland, support the wellbeing of applicants and ensure they are fully informed, we will also immediately be moving to guarantee places by issuing unconditional offers to applicants, where appropriate.

As the admissions cycle continues in this unique year, applicants have time to make or adjust their choices, right through to results and clearing in August, and Ulster University is here to advise and support applicants every step of the way.

Applicants should take the time to feel confident and fully informed in order to make the right choice for them.

We look forward to welcoming those students planning to join us when our academic year gets underway on 21 September.

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  • When will Ulster be making unconditional offers and what happens if I do not receive an unconditional offer?

    To ensure a consistent university admissions process for Northern Ireland, Ulster will immediately be moving to guarantee places by issuing unconditional offers to applicants, where appropriate.

    If you do not receive an unconditional offer, please don’t panic. We understand that it can be unsettling if your friends have received a change in offer. This is a unique cycle and we are constantly reviewing our applications and available spaces as government guidance continues to be issued. For some courses and applicants, we can extend revised offers based on analysis of applications against the requirements of each programme.

    We want to assure you that your offer from Ulster University remains intact and valid and that we are here to help you with any questions you have.  When we receive your grades from the awarding bodies, we will be making further decisions about offers and your application will be considered again then.

    If you need any further assistance one of our team would be delighted to chat through your options.

    Simply email Study@ulster.ac.uk and we’ll give you a call.

  • I have unexpectedly received an Unconditional Offer from another university. What do I do?

    To ensure that everyone seeking a place at University in Northern Ireland is fully informed, we will also be moving to guarantee places by immediately issuing unconditional offers to applicants, where appropriate.

    The first thing we advise is that you should take your time to consider your options.  You should not feel rushed or harried into making a decision.  It is important that you make the right decision for you.

    You may wish to talk your options over with a parent or guardian, or with your teachers or careers team in your school before making your decision.   Have a look at our Clearing pages for a list of programmes that are still open for application so you will be fully informed of all your available choices as you make your final decision.

    The criteria by which you make your university choice should always include what the best course is for you, how this course will support your employability and how your university experience will shape your development as a person. Other factors (such as unconditional offers) may appear attractive, however it should never be the sole basis on which to make a university choice.

  • Does the receipt of an unconditional offer mean the university wants me more than those institutions that have made me a conditional offer?

    Not at all. This is a unique cycle and universities are continuously reviewing their applications and available spaces as government guidance continues to be issued.  For some courses, universities may be able to extend unconditional offers to those applicants who they believe will achieve their conditions of offer based on analysis of the total field of applicants.

    To ensure a consistent university admissions process for Northern Ireland, Ulster will immediately be moving to guarantee places by issuing unconditional offers to applicants, where appropriate.

    If you haven’t yet received an unconditional offer, you will be given equal consideration against the entry requirement for your course. That means that if and when you achieve the grades required for entry to your course you will receive an unconditional offer for a place on your chosen programme at Ulster University. When we receive your achieved grades from UCAS in August we will be in touch on the 13th of August to let you know the outcome.

  • I have been offered a reduced grade offer by another institution, what does this mean? 

    This is a unique cycle and universities are continuously reviewing their applications and available spaces as government guidance continues to be issued.  For some courses, universities may be able to extend amended offers for applicants and their reduced grade offer reflects this.

    We are here to help you with your decision making so please contact us at web enquiry form and we can talk through your options.

  • I am really confused by my offer change and really could do with some general advice?

    Our team is on hand to have a conversation with you today. We can discuss your course choice and inform you of anything you may need to know on other course options. Contact us now at Study@Ulster.ac.uk as we’d be delighted to help you in any way we can.

  • My friends have received reduced offers/unconditional offers but I haven’t. What does this mean?

    Don’t panic. We understand that it can be unsettling if your friends have received a change in offer. This is a unique cycle and we are constantly reviewing our applications and available spaces as government guidance continues to be issued. For some courses and applicants, we can extend revised offers based on analysis of applications against the requirements of each programme.

    We want to assure you that your offer from Ulster University remains intact and valid and that we are here to help you with any questions you have.  When we receive your grades from the awarding bodies, we will be making further decisions about offers and your application will be given equal consideration again then.  If you achieve the grades needed for your chosen programme of study you too will receive an unconditional offer at that point.

    If you need any further assistance one of our team would be delighted to chat through your options. Simply email Study@ulster.ac.uk and we’ll give you a call.

  • Another university is advising me to Self-Release and apply to them. What should I do?

    Don’t panic. It is important than you take your time to consider what is best for you and are not rushed into a decision. You may wish to talk through your options with a parent or guardian, or with your teachers or careers team in your school / College.

    Throughout the cycle, you will have researched your options and determined the selection criteria for both the university and your course.  It is important that you review your criteria and how you decided your current choices.  The criteria by which you make your university choice should always include what the best course is for you, how this course will help your employability and how your university experience will shape your development as a person.

    We want to support you through your decision making and our team are here to talk you through your options and what is best for you. Please contact us at Study@ulster.ac.uk and we’ll give you a call.

  • What if I reject my Unconditional Offer and then don’t get accepted by my second choice? 

    Should it become the case you are likely to have multiple options open to you during Clearing depending on your grades.  You should always select the best course for you no matter how you have been offered that course.  You also should consider how the university meets your own personal needs and goals.

  • I am concerned about being far away from home in the current climate, can I change my course offer at this late stage?

    Yes, you can. Ulster University has a large range of courses across a diverse range of disciplines and could have a place for you.  Contact us at admissions@ulster.ac.uk and we will make sure you are fully informed on all the options available.

  • I am still considering deferring this year as I am not convinced, I will get a full university experience.

    Many students are feeling this way during these uncertain times however most have realised that a year out could be a much poorer option given a possible lack of employment and/or travel opportunities.  University can still be a productive time during 2020/21.

    You are joining a vibrant community at Ulster University and will be fully supported to settle in.

    Ulster University is committed to delivering the maximum student experience within government guidelines and has recently announced a 5-step plan to returning to a full campus experience.

    For Semester one, we are fully prepared to deliver a blended learning experience with teaching online as well as some on campus learning, based on government guidelines and a full risk assessment.

    Our long track record in digital learning means that you can expect a high-quality learning and student experience. We will be providing early opportunities for you to experience our online platforms, as we support you to get your University journey and studies off to the best possible start.

    We know that you will be looking forward to meeting new friends, and so we’re also working closely with our Students’ Union to explore ways to enable you to participate in other aspects of University life.

  • I haven’t made my choice as I am considering a college place instead.

    Always consider what is the best option for you however you should not close any doors at this stage. You can accept a college place alongside making Ulster University your CF (Conditional Firm) choice. This will give you maximum options during confirmation and clearing.

    If you remain uncertain, we have a specialist who advises on transitioning students from the FE sector to Ulster University and he would be happy to give you a call to discuss your options. If you would welcome this opportunity please contact Study@ulster.ac.uk and expect a call from us soon after.

  • I have recently graduated from a Further Education College but remain uncertain about Higher Education.

    We are keen to discuss your options and see if we can help.

    Our specialist assistant, who advises on transitioning students from the FE sector to Ulster University would be happy to give you a call.

    If you would welcome this opportunity please contact Study@ulster.ac.uk today.

  • ROI students and treatment of the Irish Leaving Certificate?

    We have been advised by the Irish Department of Education that UCAS will receive Irish Leaving Certificate results in time for all UK universities to consider applicants before the Results Outstanding deadline of 7th September 2020.

    If you haven’t already received an offer from us, you too will be given equal consideration when we receive your achieved grades up to 7th September and we will issue offers accordingly then.

  • I have started at another university and want to change. Will Ulster University still be able to accept me?

    The last date of enrolment at Ulster University is Friday the 2nd of October 2020 for 2020/2021 entry.

    We are happy to consider applications up to this point and would welcome an application from you.  In order to apply, please contact admissions@ulster.ac.uk for advice and guidance.

  • I have not achieved the grades that I was hoping for, what are my options?

    You have two options.

    First, we recommend that you look at our Clearing website to see what courses a fit for you may be.

    Alternately, you may want to consider part-time undergraduate study.

    Please visit our website  UG Part-time options to see what courses are available.

    If you would like to speak to a member of team please contact Study@ulster.ac.uk for advice and guidance.

  • I want an undergraduate degree but are not able to commit to full-time study, what are my options?

    Ulster University has a large and diverse range of part-time study options. I want an undergraduate degree but are not able to commit to full-time study, what are my options?

    Please visit our website UG Part-time options to see what courses are available. If you would like to speak to a member of team please contact Study@ulster.ac.uk for advice and guidance.