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How to apply

We're delighted you're thinking about studying at NTU. We know this is your biggest adventure yet, so we’re here to show you the way. Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Our top five tips for applying to NTU

What are we looking for?

We welcome a whole range of qualifications from people of all ages and countries and will consider your application on its individual merit.

It’s not just exam results we’re interested in, we want to know about your skills and experiences too. Your personal statement and references are really important. On some vocational courses, work experience that you have already gained is also vital. You should include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades for pending qualifications.

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application and personal statement. Remember, we can only make a decision based on the information you give us.

Your application

All our undergraduate course applications are managed through UCAS. You can apply by going directly to the UCAS homepage or by clicking the "Apply" button on the top right of the relevant course page on our website. You should use UCAS Track to keep your details up to date. We are unable update personal information for you.

Your references

Academic references should be from your last school or college on headed paper. Employer references should include details of your role, duties and length of employment. This can be sent to us directly by the organisation or on headed paper. You can email a reference to us as long as it is in PDF format on headed paper. Alternatively, your employer can send it to us directly at

Defer or change your course

You can defer a confirmed place by one academic year. If you are requesting to defer for the second time, you need to withdraw your existing application and re-apply for your chosen year of entry.

If you want to change your course or defer your place, please use our enquiry form to get in touch.

Transfer from another institution

You can apply to transfer to NTU in the normal manner - by submitting a UCAS application. If you would like to join us in the 2nd or 3rd year, you will need to tick the "Advanced Entry" option on your UCAS application.

Once we receive your application, we will ask for a breakdown of the modules you have already studied, which will then be assessed by one of our academics who will decide if you are suitable for advanced entry onto years 2 or 3 or if we can make you an offer to start in year 1.

I missed the UCAS deadline, is it too late to apply?

If you miss the UCAS deadline on Wednesday 26 January 2022, you will still be able to apply to join us in September 2022, as long as there are still spaces on your course. If a course has been closed, it won't be available on UCAS for you to apply for.

Applications submitted after Thursday 30 June 2022 will be assessed as part of Clearing.

You can find all our entry criteria on the relevant course page. We may accept alternative qualifications so we would encourage applications from a wide variety of applicants. However, please note that we cannot confirm if we would offer you a place on your chosen course until we have received and reviewed your application in full.

Your offer

Applications can take up to 10 working days to process, or longer during busy periods. Updates will show on your UCAS Track. If we require further information to support your application we will contact you for this, which may delay an offer being made.

At times, we may make students an offer to study an alternative course including foundation courses. This may be following an interview or portfolio submission, or it could be because the course you have applied for is full.

If your predicted grades meet the entry requirements for your course, then you will receive a standard conditional offer. Once we have received confirmation of your results, providing they meet the entry criteria, your offer will be updated to unconditional.

Find out more about your offer.

Important Dates

Stay on top of your application by making note of these key dates and deadlines.

Key Dates and DeadlinesActions
26 January 2022The equal consideration deadline for all 2022 entry UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline.
25 February 2022
UCAS Extra opens on Friday 25 February 2022. Extra is the next step of the application cycle for applicants who have no offers from their five choices or have declined any offers received
19 May 2022The deadline for universities/colleges to respond to applications submitted by Wednesday 26 January 2022.
9 June 2022
If you receive all of your offers by Wednesday 19 May 2022, you'll need to make a decision about your offer and respond via UCAS Track by Thursday 9 June 2022.

If you received offers later than Wednesday 19 May 2022, or you've been given an extension, you'll find your personal deadline dates on UCAS.

30 June 2022
Any new applications submitted after 6 pm on Thursday 30 June 2022 will automatically be considered through Clearing. Clearing is the process that helps students who haven’t secured a university place to find and apply for a course.

Whilst the University welcomes applications after the January deadline, we will only be able to make offers if places are still available.

4 July 2022This is the last date to apply to NTU through UCAS Extra. If you don’t hold any offers after 4 July, you can add an additional choice through Clearing.
5 July 2022Clearing opens on Tuesday 5 July 2022 and is your opportunity to apply for a course if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college.
18 August 2022A-level results will be published on Monday 18 August 2022. You'll be able to check if you’ve been accepted on UCAS Track.

Ready to start?

Check the latest entry criteria for the course you’re interested in, then follow the steps below to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at NTU through UCAS.

Good luck with your application!

Step 1: Register with UCAS

Our UCAS institution code is N91. When you complete your registration, UCAS will generate your username.

You will need your username and password to log back in and access your application, so keep them safe.

The UCAS application form is quite detailed, but you don’t have to fill it out all in one go. You can save your application and come back to it another time.

Step 2: Check your emails and text messagesAdd and to your email Safe Senders list and check your emails regularly as we’ll be sending you important information throughout the application process via email and text message. Make sure all your details are up to date on UCAS so that everything reaches you.
Step 3: Use UCAS Track to check on your application

Use UCAS Track to check the status of your application throughout the process.

We normally process applications in around 14 working days. This can vary in cases where we need to consider academic consultation, an interview outcome or special circumstances.
If you are invited to an interview, you’ll find our information on post-application interviews helpful.

If you’re applying for one of our practice-based Art and Design courses, you will also need to think about building your creative portfolio – a key part of your application.

Step 4: Check your offers

Once we have assessed your application, we hope to be able to make you one of the following offers:

  • Unconditional Offer – an offer where you have already satisfied the entry criteria and can have a place on the course.
  • Conditional Offer – an offer whereby you must fulfil certain criteria (e.g. grades) before you can be accepted on the course.
  • Alternative Offer – you don’t meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, so we have made you an offer for an alternative course.
Step 5: Accepting your offer
When you’ve received decisions for all of your applications, you’ll see an alert displayed on your UCAS Track page, advising you to reply to your offers.
  • Unconditional – If you accept this as your firm (first) choice then your place is confirmed.
  • Conditional – You are able to choose one course as your firm choice and one as your insurance (second) choice. Make sure the offer you accept as insurance has lower offer conditions than your firm. This way, if you don’t get the grades you were expecting for your firm choice, you are likely to meet the conditions of your insurance choice.
You’ll need to decline any other offers you’ve received.
Step 6: Get your results
A-level results will be published on Monday 18 August 2022. You can check if you’ve been accepted on UCAS Track.

If you don’t meet the requirements for either your firm or insurance choice, you may still be eligible for your course or be made an alternative offer. If that’s not the case, you will be eligible to enter Clearing, which is your chance to apply for university courses after you've received your exam results, or if you haven't already applied through UCAS.

Further information on how to apply

If you have any questions about applying to NTU, call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or use our enquiry form to get in touch.

If you’d like to apply for a part-time undergraduate course, you’ll need to apply directly to the University via the relevant course page.

In accepting the offer of a place at the University you are also accepting the Terms and Conditions and agreeing to comply with the University’s Regulations, Rules, Codes, Policies and Procedures (the Regulations) that apply to enrolled students.

If you accept the University’s offer of a place on a course we strongly recommend that you download and save these documents for future reference, as they form your contract with the University.

Still need help?

NTU Admissions
+44(0)115 848 4200