Don't miss out on your preferred course - University of Portsmouth

Don't miss out on your preferred course

Apply by 15 January to secure your place

You’ve read through a pile of prospectuses, researched courses and gone to university open days. Now it’s time to sort out your application!

To avoid missing out on your preferred course, it’s important to apply to uni before the UCAS 15 January deadline.

But that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute. The Christmas break is a good time to get everything in place so you can submit your application on time.

You’ll also want plenty of time to make sure you’re happy with your personal statement and to check your referee has enough time to complete your reference.

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Before you apply

Before you apply, see our course pages to check entry requirements for your preferred course. 

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Extra help and advice

If you have questions about applying to uni or need support with your application, we can help – call our Admissions Team on 023 9284 5566 or email

Submitting your application

To apply for any course through UCAS, you’ll need the course’s UCAS code. We’ve highlighted these clearly on each course page.

You’ll also need our institution code – P80.

Once you’ve chosen which courses to apply for, completed your personal statement and got your reference, you can complete the rest of the application form and submit it.

Don’t forget to register with UCAS first to apply for your chosen course.

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After you apply

UCAS will let you know it has received your application within seven days.

UCAS then sends the application information to us for consideration. Once we make a decision, we'll let UCAS know. You’ll then see our decision online on UCAS Track.

We’ll also contact you separately to tell you the outcome of your application and invite you to an Applicant Experience Day, where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates. You’ll be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence too.

Taking a gap year?

If you’re considering taking a year out before you start your course, you don’t have to wait until next year to apply. Instead, you can apply for ‘deferred entry’ when you complete your application.

Most of the University's schools and departments will consider these types of application. Contact our Admissions Team on 023 9284 5566 or by email on to find out if the course you want to apply for accepts deferred entry.

If you want to apply for deferred entry in 2018/19 (for a 2019 start) or you haven’t decided if you want to go uni, it’s still best to apply now – you’re free to change your mind before you accept an offer.

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If you need specific support

We're proud to support students with disabilities, long-term health conditions and specific learning difficulties.

When you apply, we encourage you to tell us about any specific needs you have. This has no bearing on how we assess your application. But we may use this information so our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) can tell you about the support we offer.

Aged 21 or over?

You’re a mature student if you're aged over 21 and didn't go to university after school or college.

Entry requirements for some courses may be more flexible if you have relevant and significant experience in the subject and you show enthusiasm, motivation and aptitude in your personal statement.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, call our Admissions Team on 023 9284 5566 or email them on for advice.

Entry to year two or three

If you've already completed part of a degree, you may be able to start your course in the second or third year.

Contact our Admissions Team on 023 9284 5566 or for advice.

Assessing your application

The University is committed to treating all candidates fairly, recognising cultural and social diversity and the importance of academic and other achievements in preparing students to undertake undergraduate study.

This means we don’t just consider previous and predicted academic achievements when we assess applications, but also other evidence of your suitability for the course, including your enthusiasm, commitment and potential.

Factors that can influence an offer include:

  • Personal statement

  • References

  • GCSE performance

  • Extra-curricular activity such as work-experience, non-academic qualifications (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise) and cultural and social life

  • Performance at interview (if required)

Therefore, the exact nature of offers can vary to match individual cases.

Ultimately, we take all the information you provide on your application into account and we review every application separately on its own merits in accordance with our Admissions Policy.

Follow the link below to apply through UCAS. The University of Portsmouth institution code is P80.

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