Making your application

Applications to UK universities must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for entry to full-time undergraduate degrees. All available courses from all universities are listed on the UCAS website.

When to apply

At the start of September each year, UCAS begin accepting applications for entry to university in October of the next year.

The normal closing date for applications to reach the UCAS office is 26 January, except for Medicine which has an earlier closing date of 15 October. 

We strongly recommend that you apply before the January deadline. Late applications - including those from outside the UK/EU - are accepted by UCAS and the University of Leicester throughout the remainder of the application year, but are considered at the University’s discretion.

Making your application

For all full-time higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, you must apply online via UCAS. There are full instructions on the UCAS website to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application. Please note that your personal statement must be written in your own words.

When you make your application, you will need the institution code for the University of Leicester which is LEICR L34.

There are three types of applicant:

1. Students at a school or college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students’ applications. Advice is available from your teacher or a careers adviser at your school or college. You will fill in an online application and submit it to a member of staff at your school or college. After checking your details and adding the academic reference, your school will submit the completed application online to UCAS. You can pay your UCAS application fee online using a credit card or debit card. You may also be able to pay through your school or college.

If you're applying for Medicine you will apply through UCAS as normal but the interview process is different.

2. Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently. It is likely that you are a mature applicant who, unlike school and college students, cannot readily seek advice from your teacher but can instead consult with various careers organisations. You are responsible for paying the correct UCAS application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

3. International applicants outside the UK (EU and worldwide)

If you live outside the UK and your school or college is not registered with UCAS, you will apply online independently. Advice is available from British Council offices in your country and other centres overseas, such as your school or college. You are responsible for paying the correct UCAS application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

The application process at Leicester

We will make a decision on your application as quickly as possible. Where relevant, we will take contextual data into account. The Admissions Tutor or Department will contact you directly if you are to be invited for interview, although most courses do not normally interview applicants. If we make you an offer of admission you will receive official notification through UCAS and an offer letter from the University.

The Admissions Tutor will also normally invite you to visit the Department. If you firmly accept our offer, we will send you further information during the Spring of your admission year. If you meet the conditions of our offer and become ‘unconditional firm’ with us, you will be sent further details regarding registration and other matters.

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