Admissions to courses in the School of Computing

Due to the competitive nature of these courses, the admissions team may take into account a wide variety of factors which include, but are not limited to, academic performance to date and predicted results for qualifications currently being studied when assessing applications. Because of the very high number of applications we receive, and to ensure that all those applying on time are treated fairly, some applications may be held until May before a decision is made.

Applications that are received before the January deadline set by UCAS are guaranteed equal consideration. For applications that are submitted by 15 January, the final deadline by which applicants will receive a decision is 3 May. Most decisions are made well before this date, but we monitor the number of offers we make carefully and may hold some applications until later in the cycle.

Where the applications we receive show very similar academic achievements and predictions, we may use the personal statement and reference in order to differentiate between applicants. The criteria for assessment will include:

  • Examples of your enthusiasm for Computing
  • Demonstration of an understanding of the programme
  • Work experience and responsible roles you have adopted
  • Evidence of thinking, problem-solving and technical understanding
  • Demonstration of independent learning and teamwork skills.

The School of Computing may make suitable candidates a lower offer (usually AAB or equivalent) where they can demonstrate interest and aptitude for the subject via their UCAS form. We would also like to speak to applicants at either an Open Day or Applicant day and applicants will be encouraged to do this during the Admissions process. In exceptional circumstances where applicants notify us that they are unable to attend an Open or Applicant day they will be offered a telephone or Skype discussion to assess their suitability for the lower offer. 

Please note that the minimum entry requirement for BTEC and Access to HE applicants in the School of Computing remain at the published level and will not be lowered. This is to ensure adequate preparation for success on our programmes.

For International applicants, we will offer the opportunity of a telephone or Skype discussion to assess their suitability for the lower offer.

Applicants for BEng Computer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions)

Applicants for this four-year degree apprenticeship with PwC will follow the PwC recruitment process. This will include a range of assessment activities to enable us to determine suitable candidates. Because of the very high number of applications we receive, and to ensure that all those applying on time are treated fairly, applications may be held until all assessment activities have finished before a decision is made.

Applications that are received before the 15 January deadline set by UCAS are guaranteed equal consideration. For applications that are submitted by this date, the final deadline by which applicants will receive a decision is 3 May, but in practice we aim to inform candidates of the outcome in advance of this date.