How to apply

It’s great that you’ve decided to apply to university. And we’re really happy that you’re considering Nottingham Trent University (NTU), one of the most popular universities in the UK. But now what? Where do you start? Well, begin by reading through our handy guide on how to apply.

We’re here to help make applying to university as easy as possible.

We know that applying to university might seem a bit confusing at first. But don’t panic! We’re here to help make it all as easy as possible – from before you apply, right up to the exciting day when you start your course.

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Our top five tips for applying to NTU
Our top five tips for applying to NTU

Before we go any further, check out our handy UCAS jargon buster below.

UCAS jargon buster

Undergraduate – This is the first level of Higher Education study, for example a degree or HND. You’re an ‘undergraduate’ while studying on an undergraduate course.

Conditional offer – If you get one of these, you need to meet certain conditions before you can start the course e.g. get certain grades.

Unconditional offer – If you get one of these, you’ve already met the conditions and you’re on the course. Congratulations!

Alternative offer – If you get one of these, you don’t meet the entry requirements for your chosen course so we’ve made you an offer for an alternative course.

Firm choice – The offer you accept as your first choice.

Insurance choice – The offer you accept as your second choice, in case you don’t meet the conditions of your firm choice e.g. you don’t get the grades.

Track – The online system you can use to check how your application is progressing.

Extra – If you don’t get an offer from your first five choices, you can use Extra to apply for another course (from the end of February to the end of June).

Clearing – If you haven’t got a place after you’ve got your results, or if you apply after 30 June, you can use Clearing to apply for courses that still have places.

Adjustment – If your results are better than you were expecting, you can use adjustment to look for a course asking for higher grades.

Your application in 8 steps

Ready to start? Begin by checking the latest entry requirements 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!

  • Step1: Register with UCAS

    Get going on your application as soon as you can. Your registration is free and only takes about 15 minutes. When you start to apply, you’ll need to pay £12 / £23 depending on whether you’re applying for one course or more.

  • Step 2: Create your user name and password

    You will need these details to log back into your application later, so keep them safe.

  • Step 3: Fill out and submit your application

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

    Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on the information you give us. Include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

    Take your time to fill out the application as well as you can. Pay particular attention to your personal statement. Make sure you use the 4,000 characters you have to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying to. You can find more help and tips on this on our How to write your personal statement page.

    Just don’t miss the UCAS application deadlines! The deadline for 2017 is 15 January (30 June for non-EU students). The University welcomes applications after these deadlines, but will only be able to make offers if places are still available. If you submit your UCAS application after 30 June it will be processed through Clearing.

    You’ll need our UCAS institution code name which is NOTRE and our UCAS institution code which is N91.

  • Step 4: Check your emails

    Make sure you add @ntu.ac.uk and @ucas.com to your email Safe Senders' list and check your emails regularly. We’ll be sending you important reminders, invites and updates on your application via email or post. Make sure all your details are up to date on UCAS so that everything reaches you.

  • Step 5: Use UCAS Track to keep an eye on your application

    You can 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 slightly, however, in cases where we need to take into account academic consultation, an interview outcome or special circumstances.

    If you get invited to an interview, we hope 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 6: Check your offers

    We aim to make a decision on your application by 31 March if you apply by the on-time deadline. You’ll be able to see it on your applications page online.

    We hope to be able to give you one of the following (see the jargon buster above to check what these mean):

    • Unconditional offer
    • Conditional offer
    • Alternative offer

  • Step 7: Accepting your offer

    When you’ve received decisions for all your applications, you’ll see an alert displayed on your UCAS Track page, advising you to reply to your offers.

    • Unconditional offer: If you accept this as your firm choice, the place is yours! (You can’t have a second choice - an insurance offer.)
    • Conditional offer: If you accept this as your firm choice, the place is yours if you meet the conditions. Just in case you don’t, you can choose an insurance offer as well. Make sure the insurance offer you accept has lower offer conditions. This way, if you don’t get the grades you were expecting, you have a good chance of meeting the conditions of your insurance offer.

    You’ll need to decline any other offers you’ve received.

  • Step 8: Did you make the grade?

    A-level results will be published on 17 August 2017. You can check if you’ve been accepted on UCAS Track.

    If you don’t meet the conditions for either your firm or insurance choice, don’t panic! You may still be accepted onto the course or receive an alternative offer. If not, all is not lost - you can try to find an alternative course through Clearing.

Key things to remember

  • You can apply to UCAS from 1 September for entry the following Autumn. Get started on your application early so you have plenty of time to get it right!
  • For most courses, the deadline for UCAS applications is 15 January.
  • Check your emails often throughout the application process.
  • NTU’s UCAS institution code name is NOTRE and the UCAS institution code is N91.

Further information on how to apply

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.

To contact our Admissions team, please call us on +44(0)115 848 4200. We are based on the first floor of the Dryden Centre at our City Campus. Our drop-in help desk operates between 9 am and 5 pm Monday - Thursday and between 9 am - 4 pm on Friday.

Before applying please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

For more helpful tips and information on how to apply, you can visit:

UCAS (watch a video here)

The Student Room

The Complete University Guide