Application, Fees & Funding
Before you apply
Applying for university might seem complicated but there are many sources of information and support to help you through the process.
If you’re at school or college, your tutors and careers advisers will be able to guide you and all potential applicants can contact our friendly admissions team who’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Start by considering what you want to study, where you’d like to study and what qualifications you’ll need to get on your preferred course.
Got an application question?
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Choose the right course
Research your course carefully through prospectuses, websites and by visiting universities.
Your choice of course may influence your future career path and a degree improves your employment and earning potential. You need to pick a subject that really interests you, as you will be studying on your course for three to four years.
Look at our list of subject areas and find out more about a course that interests you.
- Order a prospectus
- You can now order your copy of our 2017 entry prospectus by completing our online form.
- Attend a UCAS fair
- UCAS lists all the UK HE Conventions: events held all over the UK from March to July.
- Book an Open Day
- Our Open Days run from July to November. They’re the best way to meet tutors and students and get a ‘feel’ for Portsmouth.
Course entry requirements
On each course page you will find entry requirements for the course, along with more detail on exactly what qualifications we will consider for each course. The University uses the UCAS tariff to express our entry requirements for most undergraduate courses. Offers made will include the total number of tariff points required and the qualifications and subjects from which they should be gained.
You can work out how many points are awarded to qualifications using the Admissions Team can help with questions.
Note: As we endeavour to consider applicants fully, we use contextual data that may take account of schooling and family background. For this reason, individual offers may vary from the published range and other offers made.
Tariff point ranges
Typical entry requirements for many of our courses are expressed using tariff point ranges. A tariff point range is a guide to the normal minimum-maximum points in typical entry requirements, such as 260 - 300. Individual offers will normally be made within the publicised tariff range, and for the most popular courses we expect to make offers at the upper end of the range.
Offer of a place
We take a rounded view of applicants when making decisions and, if we can’t give you your first choice, the University may make an alternative course offer. Many of our courses are very popular and become oversubscribed. We can’t always guarantee that applicants who have, or are predicted to achieve, grades equal to or above the typical entry requirements, will be made an offer of a place on the course to which they apply.
Considering your application
We consider a range of factors when deciding individual offer levels. These include: your previous and predicted academic achievements; GCSEs; participation in activities outside of school e.g. work-experience, volunteering or programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh or Young Enterprise; personal statement; reference; interview (if required) and any extenuating circumstances which are relevant to your application.
Applicants with disabilities
We are committed to fair admission practice and welcome applications from people with disabilities. During the application process the University considers all relevant information about your disability and needs and, where possible, aims to provide relevant support. Information regarding disability has no bearing on the academic assessment of an application. Our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) can give you more information and they encourage you to contact them at the earliest point in your application process so they can get an understanding of your needs.
More than a 25 per cent of our current students are ‘mature’ which means aged 21 and over. We welcome mature students from a wide variety of backgrounds and qualification ranging from A Levels to Access and Foundation courses. We don’t require mature students to have the same academic qualifications as school-leaving applicants but we do expect you to show enthusiasm, motivation and aptitude for your chosen subject. Our Admissions Team staff are able to advise on individual applications and admission arrangements.
General entry requirements
We consider a wide range of qualifications for entry. The information below lists the qualifications commonly accepted by the University. The list is not exhaustive or exclusive and candidates are encouraged to contact the University for advice about acceptability of qualifications not listed here. In line with our recognition of diversity and equality of opportunity, our offers can be based on more than a candidate’s academic record and include evidence of potential.
A and AS Levels
Most full-time undergraduate applicants to the University apply with, or are taking, A and AS Levels. We normally expect applicants to present between three and four AS, and two to three A Levels, in appropriate subjects. Currently, the University does not make offers using A* grades.
The University normally requires a minimum of three GCSE passes in subjects other than those offered at A Level. GCSE passes relate to grades A*-C.
We require applicants to have passed GCSE English and mathematics.
14 – 19 Diploma
We accept the Advanced Diploma for most undergraduate degree courses in the University. The Progression Diploma is acceptable to a range of Foundation degree courses. The exact requirements for each course can be checked on the individual course pages.
We welcome applications from candidates who are taking or have taken an extended project as part of their A Level or Diploma qualification. Offers may include achievement in the extended project, specifically if considered particularly relevant to the course applied to.
The University also considers applicants with the following awards:
- International Baccalaureate
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- 14 – 19 Diploma
- BTEC Diploma awards
- Pre U
Entry to a Higher National Diploma (HND)
One appropriate GCE/VCE A Level or BTEC National Award
Entry to a Foundation degree
One appropriate GCE/VCE A Level plus a satisfactory interview or Progression Diploma.
How to apply
When you apply to the University of Portsmouth, the University's Admissions teams will carefully consider your application. Each application is assessed individually and in accordance with our Admissions Code of Practice. The University is committed to treating all candidates fairly, recognising cultural and social diversity and the importance of academic and other achievement in preparing students to undertake undergraduate study.
Complete your UCAS application
You can make your application through the UCAS Apply service. To use UCAS Apply, please register on their website and complete an application form. You can make up to five choices of courses and universities, and can apply for all five courses at one place or at five different universities. You can choose less than five courses – it is up to you and depends on what and where you want to study.
You can also apply to Portsmouth through UCAS Extra. If you are eligible for Extra, a button will appear on your UCAS Track screen which you can use to apply for a course with vacancies in Extra between the end of February and the end of June.
Applications to full-time degree programmes at Portsmouth, like all universities in the UK, are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Detailed information on how to use UCAS is available at www.ucas.com.
Part-time and professional courses
You can apply direct to the University for part-time and distance learning courses via our online application form. Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.
The first step on our online application form is creating your own account. Once you have an account you can save your application at any point and send it when it has been completed.
We recommend applying online for our part-time undergraduate courses; however, if you would prefer to submit a hard copy application, please download the following documents and return the application using the contact details at the end of the form:
|Application Form||PDF 129KB|
|Guidance notes||PDF 119KB|
|Reference Request||DOCX 20KB|
For FdSc Paramedic Science and FdSc Speech Language and Communication Science you should apply through UCAS.
Learning at Work – Partnership Programme courses
Visit our Partnership Programme’s pages for specific information on applying for these courses.
If you’re aged 21 or over, you can apply for an undergraduate course via UCAS.
Applicants under the age of 18
We consider you on the basis of your academic attainment and potential to benefit from your chosen course, irrespective of your age on entry. We may, however, regard some courses inappropriate for certain ages. Refer to our Admissions Code of Practice.
Students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Students applying from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man can take advantage of our Islands Progression Agreement.
When to apply
UCAS application deadlines
UCAS starts receiving applications for entry from 1 September every year. You are advised to apply as soon as you feel you have made the right choice of course and university, and you should try to ensure that your application reaches UCAS by the closing date of 15 January. UCAS will send to us all applications received after the closing date, but we cannot guarantee that they will be given the same level of consideration or offer as those that arrive by the deadline.
Gap year/deferred entry
Taking a gap year gives students the opportunity to learn new skills, travel, earn some money and gain new experience. Some of the University's Schools and Departments are willing to consider applications for deferred entry. If you apply for deferred entry, e.g. in 2015 (for a 2016 start), you must still apply by the relevant UCAS application deadline, and meet the conditions of any offers by August 2015.
After you apply
UCAS or the University will acknowledge receipt of your application within seven days. UCAS sends the application information to us for consideration and, once we make a decision, we send details to UCAS. You will be able to view this decision online via UCAS Track. We will also contact you separately to let you know the outcome of your application to us.
February onwards - sort out your student finance
Apply for funding at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance. Don’t wait until you’ve received your exam results – apply as soon as applications open!
February – April* - Department Open Days
If we make you an offer, we’ll invite you to a Department Open Day, where you can meet the lecturers and find out more about the course.* A few Open Days fall outside of the months stated.
May - Decision time
You will need to decide on your firm (first) and insurance (second) choice of university from the offers you have received.
July – Deadline for UCAS Extra applicants.
If you have applied through UCAS, used all five choices on your application and aren't holding any offers, you might be able to apply through Extra for another course. In Extra, you can apply for any course with vacancies. Extra is open between the end of February and early July.
August - Exam results
Publication of all exam results and time to confirm your place!
Off to uni!