Applying Undergraduate - University of Portsmouth
Application, fees and funding

Applying undergraduate

Before you apply
Entry requirements
How to apply
When to apply
After you apply

Before you apply

Inform yourself

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.

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.

Next steps

Order a prospectus

Order your copy of our 2018 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.

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Entry requirements

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 it. We use the UCAS tariff to show 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 UCAS Tariff Tables. Also, our 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 104-120. 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.

Mature applicants

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.

GCSE qualifications

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.

Extended project

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.

Other qualifications

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.

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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 Policy. 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.

More info

Full-time courses

Applications to full-time degree programmes at Portsmouth, like all universities in the UK, are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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.

Mature students

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 Policy.

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When to apply

UCAS application deadlines

UCAS starts receiving applications for entry from 1 September every year. It’s best to apply as soon as you feel you’ve made the right choice of course and university.

If possible, try to ensure that your application reaches UCAS by 15 January. UCAS will send us all applications it receives after this date. But we can’t guarantee they will be given the same level of consideration or offer as those that arrive by 15 January.

Find out how to apply to us after 15 January

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, for example in 2017 (for a 2018 start), you must still apply by the relevant UCAS application deadline, and meet the conditions of any offers by August 2017.

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After you apply

Application progress

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.

Key dates

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Find out more about how to apply and how to fund your studies

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