University of Salford Manchester

How can I help my son or daughter choose the right course?

Activities at school/college

Speaking to teachers and careers advisors is a great place to start. They have a wealth of information and contacts to hand, and will help your son or daughter start to find out more about careers and courses available. 

Schools/colleges will have a programme of activities to support progression to university which may include presentations from university staff on topics such as the application process, student life on campus, careers/HE events, visits to universities and UCAS conventions. 

Researching courses

To make the right choice it is important to know what is available and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is an excellent starting point for this as they list all the courses that are available. At Salford we have a wide range of undergraduate courses within the following subject areas:

  • Art and Design
  • Built Environment
  • Business
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Environment and Life Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Media, Music and Performance
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

You can view all the courses available at Salford using our Course Finder.

Attending a UCAS Fair

Prospective students in Year 12 usually have the opportunity to visit one of the regional higher education conventions organised by UCAS. At these events, universities and colleges from across the UK are present and prospective students have the opportunity to speak to representatives, collect prospectuses and attend seminars about subjects at university. Details of the UCAS fairs Salford will be attending can be seen here.  

Visit us at an Open Day

Our undergraduate open days run throughout the year, are open to everyone and cover all our subject areas. Open Days give you the opportunity to meet academic staff and current students from across the University, visit subject facilities, see our accommodation and find out about finance and student support.

We are always delighted to welcome parents and supporters to our Open Days, where staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have -  and you can experience everything the University of Salford has to offer for yourself.

How does my son or daughter apply for a course at Salford?

Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses are dealt with by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Students fill in one application form, applying to up to five courses, from September the year before they start university. The form is sent, by UCAS, to us and any other universities your son or daughter wants to apply to.

Once we have received an application from your son or daughter we will make a decision on whether to offer a place. Once they have heard back from all their choices they need to decide on their first choice (firm) and back up choice (insurance) by the beginning of May. After they receive their results in August they can confirm their place with us and look forward to starting in September.

Further information on the UCAS application process can be found on the UCAS website and a full timeline of the application process is included in our Parents' Guide. 

If your son or daughter is interested in part-time courses they will need to apply directly to us. For more details please visit our guide to applications.