We’ll support you through every stage of the application process, from submitting your application to arriving at BU. Find out what to do next with our step-by-step guide below for undergraduate applicants.
If you are joining us on a postgraduate degree and have received your results, please view the postgraduate next steps page to view the step-by-step guide to what happens next.
1. Read your offer letter
It's really important that you carefully read your offer letter, everything enclosed with it and your notification from UCAS. Most offers are 'conditional', which means that you have been asked to meet specific conditions to be able to enrol on your chosen course. If you're unsure of any of the conditions in your offer, or if your personal details change, please contact your admissions administrators using the details in your offer letter.
Your offer letter will typically include information about tuition fees and other costs associated with studying at university, important information about our student agreement and policies and your next steps to accepting your offer. We've also produced handy next steps guides for full Bachelors degrees (pdf 793kb), Top-up degrees (pdf 918kb) and the BA (Hons) International Business & Management (online) (pdf 552kb).
If you've been made an offer on a NHS-funded course you'll also receive an 'Information for students on NHS professional courses' booklet. This will provide details on additional requirements you need to be aware of, such as Occupational Health checks, DBS Enhanced checks, and information about placements and additional accommodation options.
You may required a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study in the UK. We will issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support your visa application when you have met all the conditions of your offer, and have accepted BU as your first choice.
Who to contact
If you have a question:
2. Accept your offer
Once you have read and understood the conditions of your offer you need to make a decision on the UCAS Track website to either:
- Accept your offer as your first choice (firm acceptance)
- Accept your offer as your second choice (insurance acceptance)
- Decline our offer.
3. Visit us or meet us in your country
If you've already applied to study with us, you may be invited to an Offer Holder Open Day, interview or other event specifically for offer-holders. You will be sent information about these events and can find more detail on your 'Next Steps' leaflet and myHub.
If your course is not represented at an Offer-holder Open Day you can expect to be invited to an interview or portfolio day (relevant to your course).
If you are invited to either of these events, full details will be provided in your offer letter, or relevant correspondence about your course.
Alternatively you can:
4. Follow us
5. Mark the important UCAS deadlines in your calendar
6. When you receive your results
Meeting the conditions of your offer
We receive the majority of our applicants' results from UCAS when they are released by the UK exam boards, but you should see if your results will be sent to us by checking the qualifications list on the UCAS website.
If your qualifications are listed, UCAS will tell us automatically and we will be able to make a decision on your offer. If your qualifications are not listed you will need to send them to your admissions administrator (using the details at the top of your offer letter) before we can make a decision on your offer*.
EU and International students
If your qualifications are not listed on the UCAS website, you need to upload your documents to myHub and then email us to inform them of this action.
If your certificates are not in English then you will be required to send official transcripts.
When we've received your results
Once we have received your results and made a decision about your offer, we will update your application status on UCAS Track.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
- If your application status shows as Unconditional Firm (UF) you've got a place at BU! If you are successful in securing your place at BU we will also contact you by email to confirm your place on your chosen course, along with lots of useful information to help you get ready for the start of term! Don't forget to add the domain bournemouth.ac.uk to your safe senders list to ensure all our emails get through to you. If you need any help deciding that studying at BU will be the best choice you make, read our making your decision page or read our student blog
- All EU and International students must ensure they have cleared all their actions within myHub.
- If your application status is still Conditional Firm (CF) it means we haven't received all the information we need to confirm your place, eg. your qualifications haven't been automatically updated by UCAS or your offer may have conditions to provide additional information, such as GCSE certificates. You should send copies to your admissions administrator as soon as possible (you will only have to provide originals when you enrol). If you are unsure what is missing from your application, please contact your admissions administrator (using the details at the top of your offer letter).
- If your application status is Rejected (REJ), unfortunately, we haven't been able to accept you on to the course. UCAS will confirm this with you, and automatically enter you into Clearing.
If you require a Tier 4 Student Visa, our International Admissions team will contact you. Please email us with any outstanding documents as soon as possible. Prior to issuing your CAS, our admissions team will email you to confirm your details. Please read this email carefully and reply with the full information required. Please note we cannot issue your CAS number until you clear all your actions in myHub.
We'll be in touch by email with information to help you prepare for your arrival at BU so please make sure you add the domain bournemouth.ac.uk to your safe senders list to ensure all our emails get through to you.
*Any results sent to the university must be a photocopy of an official letter from your school or college and must clearly state your final grades. If you are studying a BTEC, your SRF (student report form) is not acceptable. Please note your original certificates must be shown at enrolment.
What is Clearing?
Clearing is organised by UCAS and is the last opportunity for you to find a place at university in September 2017. Clearing is for students who:
- Haven’t done quite as well as expected and therefore have been unable to secure their first or second choice of course
- Haven’t applied through UCAS and now want to apply for September 2017 entry
- Sent their application to UCAS after 6pm on 30 June 2017.
We’ve put together a page about Clearing to give you more information about the process.
When is Clearing?
Clearing operates between July and September. Universities will publish their Clearing course vacancies early on Thursday 17 August 2017 (following A-level results), with most advertising vacancies in early July.
If you´re concerned that you haven´t done as well as you had hoped in your exams and may have to enter Clearing, there are a few things you can do to give yourself a head start before Clearing begins:
- Speak to your school/college careers advisor for advice on alternative courses that will still keep you on the same career path, in case you can’t get on to the course you originally applied for
- Take a look at the entry requirements for these courses (although you should not assume they will be lowered for Clearing, however in some cases they might be) and be realistic in terms of the grades you expect to gain
- Take a look at the university websites for these courses to make sure you are happy with the course content and you will be taught everything you want to learn
- Make a list of these courses so you know what you’re looking for when the Clearing list is published on A-level results day
- Your eligibility for Clearing will show up on your UCAS Track page, where you will find your Clearing Number (universities will need this so that they can access your application) and the 'Add a Clearing Choice' button.
Clearing at BU
If you have any questions about Clearing, don´t hesitate to contact our Future Students Enquiry Team on +44 (0)1202 961916.
What is Adjustment?
Adjustment is an opportunity for students who have exceeded the offer made to them by their firm choice university to reconsider where and what to study. To be eligible to use Adjustment:
- Your results must have exceeded the conditions of your conditional firm (CF) choice. For example you were asked by your first choice university to obtain 120 UCAS tariff points and you actually obtained 128 UCAS tariff points.
You are not eligible to use Adjustment if:
- You are confirmed (UF) at your firm choice but did not exceed the conditions of the offer. For example your offer was for 120 UCAS tariff points and you obtained 120 or below
- You have a confirmed place on a changed course offer
- Your original offer was unconditional.
The adjustment period starts on 17 August or when your conditional firm (CF) choice changes to unconditional firm (UF), whichever is later. From this time you have five days (including weekends) to register on UCAS and secure a different course.
There isn’t an official list published for Adjustment, so UCAS advises students to check universities’ websites for an indication of what courses are in and out of Adjustment. This list could change regularly as universities accept or decline students.
Check our Adjustment page if you need further information. If you have any questions about Adjustment, don’t hesitate to contact our Future Students Enquiry Team on +44 (0)1202 961916.
9. Get ready for the start of term
Once your place at BU has been confirmed (when you've met the conditions of your offer), there are a few other things to think about ahead of the start of term:
- Find out about your accommodation options
- Read up on our living expenses information to make sure you’re financially prepared for the start of term
- Take your time to read the BU Student Agreement - it outlines key rules and regulations that you should be aware of before you arrive
- We’ll send you a Welcome Pack (from mid-August) with lots of useful information to help you get ready for the start of term and to help you plan out your first couple of weeks with us.
If you’re planning on buying any new software for your studies, please be aware that it’s free to download and use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus while you’re studying. This includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other MS applications, with one terabyte of storage through OneDrive.
You’ll be able to install Office on up to five personal devices, along with mobile Office applications for your phone.
We may consider applications for deferred entry to September 2018 - you need to request deferred entry once you have made your application by contacting our Admissions Team. This means you can submit your application now, but won't begin studying until the September 2018 academic year.
If you apply for deferred entry, the conditions of any offer we make to you must be satisfied by 31 August 2017. In addition, any applicable fees, funding, accommodation and other terms covered in the Student Agreement will be for your year of entry (September 2018), not the year that you apply (September 2017 entry). All of this information may be subject to change, so you should consider this before you make your decision.
We’ll contact you in the year ahead of your entry to BU, providing information about the applications process, fees and fundingm and accommodation application deadlines. You can find full details about our rules and regulations on our important information pages.