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My Application

I've applied - what happens next?

The application process can be a bit of a minefield - that's why we've put this page together to (hopefully) answer any questions you have.

If you're still unsure of anything, don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly support team:

T: 0161 295 4545
E: enquiries@salford.ac.uk

The simplest way to monitor the progress of your application is via UCAS Track. This updates with any changes to your application status as soon as they occur. If you have any questions about your application, there are a number of ways for you to contact UCAS. You can also speak to our admissions team on enquiries@salford.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 295 4545.

To help you keep track of the key dates in the application cycle, we’ve put together this handy list of dates you need to be aware of.

  • Now: As soon as you've applied for a course you should start thinking about student finance. You can see what finance is available to you using this online calculator. You can apply for student finance even if you’ve not accepted any of your offers yet. Aim to have applied for student finance by the end of May 2018, to ensure you receive your money at the start of term.
  • 4 May 2018: If you’ve heard back from all of the universities you have applied to by 31 March 2017, you must choose your firm and insurance choices by today.
  • 31 May 2018: If you plan on applying for a student loan, today is the deadline to submit your application in order to guarantee that you’ll receive your money at the start of the September term.
  • 16 August 2018: A-level results day.
  • 23 August 2018: GCSE results day.
  • 10 September 2018: International Welcome.
  • 17 – 23 September 2018: Welcome and Registration Week.
  • 24 September 2018: Teaching starts for September entry courses.
  • 24 September 2018 – 14 January 2019: Trimester 1.
  • 17 December 2018 – 6 January 2019: Christmas vacation.
  • 8 January 2018 – 19 January 2018: Trimester 1 exam period.
  • 28 January – 20 May 2019: Trimester 2.
  • 8 April – 22 April 2019: Easter vacation.
  • 7 May – 25 May 2018: Trimester 2 exam period.
  • 3 June – 2 September 2019: Trimester 3*.
  • 20 August 2018 – 7 September 2018: Trimester 3 exam period.

* The majority of courses do not have teaching during trimester 3, however if you are on an accelerated course, a course with a mid-year start, or a course aligned to a health care profession, you will be taught during this period.

If you receive an offer to study with us, we’ll send you an email inviting you to attend an Applicant Visit Day. These are the next step on from our Open Days and will give you a deeper insight into your course. Because these events are for offer-holders, most Applicant Visit Days will take place between February and April of the year you intend to start your course.

When booking your place, you’ll get the chance to tailor your day according to your interests and circumstances. Then, once you’ve booked, we’ll send you more information about travel, transport and tips for making the most of your visit.

If you're an international student, click here for information on how to apply.

Interviews

Congratulations on securing an interview for your chosen course. Now is a good time to start thinking about what it will involve and how to prepare.

Please click on the relevant subject area and ensure that you read the information very carefully before you attend your interview.

I have an interview for one of the following courses within the School of Arts and Media: Animation; Computer and Video Games; Dance; Design; Digital Media; Fashion; Film Production; Film and TV Set Design; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Journalism; Music; Performance; Photography; Television and Radio; Visual Arts.

I have an interview for one of the following Health Sciences courses: Diagnostic Radiography; Physiotherapy; Sport Rehabilitation.

I have an interview for one of the following Nursing, Midwifery or Social Work courses: Nursing RN Adult; Nursing RN Children and Young People; Midwifery or Post RN Midwifery; Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work; Social Work; Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Getting an offer

Click on the tabs below to find out what to do next after you've received an offer from us.

In the meantime, why not check out our Why Salford? page to help you make your decision? Here you'll find loads of information about life at Salford, accommodation, campus facilities and more.

There are two types of offer you can receive: an unconditional or a conditional offer. 

If you receive an unconditional offer from us and then decide to choose us as your firm choice, the place is yours – you’ll be joining the University of Salford! 

If you receive a conditional offer from us and then decide to choose us as your firm choice, the place is yours provided you meet the specific conditions of your offer. You will be able to see these conditions on UCAS Track. It’s really important that you satisfy all the conditions of your offer, not just those that relate to your academic grades.

A few examples of the types of conditions you might have to meet include:

  • achieving 120 UCAS points or 3 Grade Bs in your A-levels
  • producing your GCSE certificates for Maths and English
  • producing a portfolio of work
  • paying a tuition fee deposit

If you’re unsure, you can check this with our admissions team by calling +44 (0)161 295 4545 (choose option 3). It’s really important that each of your conditions are met, so please make sure you read these carefully.

How to accept your offer

You should reply to your offers through UCAS Track. You do not need to reply to any offers until all five of the universities or colleges you applied to have notified you of their decisions. You can find out more about the different replies you can make, and when you need to do this, on the UCAS website.

Firm acceptance

This is your first choice and is the course you will enrol on when you meet the entry requirements that have been specified in your offer.

Insurance acceptance

This is your backup choice, in case you do not meet the entry requirements of your first choice. It’s a good idea to choose an offer with lower requirements as an insurance choice.

Decline

Once you have decided on a firm and insurance choice, you should decline all other offers.

Accommodation

One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your life as a Salford student is where you’re going to live.

Accommodation at Salford is managed by our accommodation partners, Campus Living Villages (CLV) and we have two accommodation villages.

Peel Park Quarter accommodation

Peel Park Quarter (PPQ) is our on-campus accommodation, based on our main campus just a stone’s throw away from lectures and other university facilities. All accommodation at PPQ is ensuite and rooms start from £126 per week for Bronze rooms up to £148.50 per week for Diamond rooms.

A room in Peel Park Campus

John Lester/Eddie Colman Court accommodation

These are based around a ten minute walk from our Frederick Road campus and are the closest halls of residence to our MediaCityUK campus. Prices for John Lester/Eddie Colman court start at £87.50 per week for Bronze rooms and go up to £124 per week for Diamond specification.

A room in John Lester Court

How to apply

Applications for both sites are made through the CLV website and you will require a £200 deposit to secure your room. If you have any queries about your application, you can contact CLV directly on salford@clvuk.com. The rooms here are popular and fill up quickly, so we'd recommend you book your place early. You'll need your student ID to make an application, which you can find at the bottom of any emails you've received from us.

If you’d prefer to look off campus for your accommodation while at Salford, our recommendation is that you visit www.manchesterstudenthomes who offer free house-hunting advice. They only work with fully accredited landlords and will help to keep tenants informed about their rights during their tenancy. There are a number of accredited accommodation choices within close proximity to the University.

We’re ideally placed for public transport links, with Salford Crescent train station right on campus. There are regular bus routes along the Crescent into Manchester and it’s only a 20 minute walk into the city centre.

There's a Metrolink tram stop right outside our MediaCityUK campus building, and students can use their Salford ID cards to travel for free on the 50 bus between main campus and MediaCityUK.

If, for whatever reason, you have not been able to find a place to live, or if you’re having problems with your landlord, your house or anything else accommodation related, our askUS student support team can help. They can be contacted on askUS-accommodation@salford.ac.uk.

The University does not directly manage any accommodation and we can’t always resolve issues but we may be able to help in different ways and provide advice.

If you are either a care leaver or estranged from your family, are 25 or under and will be studying at the University of Salford from September 2018, you can apply for free year-round student accommodation at university from the Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme.

No rent, no bills, 365 days a year for up to 3 years.  

The scholarship takes care of a place for you to live whilst you’re at university. Scholarships are awarded to students with a wide range of backgrounds and academic grades.  Unite will help you settle in, keep in touch with you and offer you extra opportunities for enjoyment or employment throughout your studies.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply, you must fulfil all of the following criteria: 

  • Be aged 25 or under 
  • A care leaver or estranged from your family
  • Starting or studying your first undergraduate degree
  • Holding UK home fee status
  • Applying to/studying at a partner university

Deadline

The window to submit your scholarship scheme application for 2018/19 is open.  

Applications and supporting evidence must be submitted to studentdiversity@salford.ac.uk by 12 noon on 8 June 2018.

If you have any questions please email Jane or Arron studentdiversity@salford.ac.uk

Finance

When you come to university, it’s important to manage your money carefully. Our student support service, askUS, offers information and advice on all aspects of student finance, whether you’re a current or prospective student.  

You can find out more about student finance by contacting our course enquiries team on enquiries@salford.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 295 4545.

All full-time undergraduate degree courses at the University of Salford are £9,250 per year for UK/EU students starting their course in September 2018 or January 2019 (with the possibility of slight increases for subsequent years of study). Courses with a foundation year as the first year of study may have a reduced tuition fee for the duration of the foundation year of study only – this information can be checked online which is always the most up to date source of information on fees and funding. Course fees are on our course finder pages and money advice and guidance is on our money matters pages.

Applications for student finance will open in the spring, usually towards the end of February. We’ll let you know when applications open. Tuition fee loans are provided by the Student Loans Company and applications are made to Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland as appropriate. To guarantee that your funding is in place by the time you start your course, you should apply before the end of May 2018. If you’re a student from outside the UK you can find a handy guide to applying for student finance on the Student Room.

If you have any queries about your eligibility for student finance, you should check this with the relevant funding body as appropriate. We do not make decisions about eligibility for loans; the decision lies with the funding body directly.

If you’re not paying your tuition fees via loan, or for more detailed information on student finance, visit our askUS finance page here.

The other major cost at university is living costs – this includes accommodation, utilities, travel, food, stationery and any course materials. If there are costs associated with your particular course of study this will be outlined on our course finder pages.

To support with meeting these costs, you’re entitled to apply for a maintenance loan. This is a means-tested loan and will take a number of factors into consideration including:

  • Household income – this means the total gross income of the students’ parent(s), caregivers or spouse living in the household where the student lives;  
  • Living arrangements – students living away from home are entitled to a higher maintenance loan than those staying in the family home;
  • Students with a dependent child(ren) or spouse may also be entitled to extra funding to support them such as a Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance or an Adult Dependants’ Grant.

There are other factors taken into account but these are the major ones. There is a handy calculator on the Student Finance website which you can use to check eligibility for student loans.

You apply for your maintenance loan at the same time as your tuition fee loan and it is paid directly into your bank account in three instalments. The first instalment will be paid once your attendance at University has been confirmed – we use the date you collected your ID card as the confirmation  of attendance and it can take three to five working days after this before the monies are released.

Some basic budgeting skills will be important for all students. You’ll find a wealth of information online to support with this and we’ve created a guide to living costs at Salford  too.

The Student Room is an excellent resource for applicants covering information on a wide range of topics. The Money Saving Expert website also has a dedicated page for students including budget planners, money saving tips, student bank accounts and discounts and deals for students.

If you have any further questions about finance at University, contact our course enquiries team on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

We’re continuously looking at ways to ensure our students have the best possible experience here at Salford and regularly review our offer and services to achieve this. Currently, we’re reviewing our scholarship and bursary offer for undergraduate students.

We’re aiming to have details confirmed by early April 2018, at which point we will publish them on this webpage. We’ll also send further details to all undergraduate offer holders when confirmed.

Still need to apply?

If you've not yet made an application to study with us, click on the links below to find out how to get started.  

Still not sure which course to take? Take a look at our course finder.

Don't worry - there's still time to apply for courses starting in September 2018.

UCAS applications close 30 June; however some courses may already be full, so check with our Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.ukor alternatively search for your course on the UCAS website.

Here are your options:

1. If you have not submitted your application yet you can still apply through UCAS in the same way as all other applicants. Because you have missed the 15 January deadline, we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered, but we will still accept the application. If you’d like to talk to us about this before submitting an application, please contact the Enquiries team.

2. If you've submitted five choices and are not holding any offers, you can apply to study with us via UCAS Extra, which offers many students another chance to secure their perfect course before Clearing opens. UCAS Extra is available between 25 February and 30 June and you can apply to one course at a time. If you’re eligible to apply through UCAS Extra, you will be able to see this option as a button when you login to UCAS Track. You can see which of our courses are available in UCAS Extra by using UCAS course search. Please note you may be required to pay a fee to use UCAS Extra.

3. If you've already applied via UCAS but you've submitted fewer than five choices and haven't accepted a place, you can still add more choices to bring your total up to five. We consider applications received after the deadline on first come first served basis, so some courses may start to fill up and you should aim to have your application with us as soon as possible.

From A level to Access to HE diplomas to International Baccalaureate – our entry requirements are wide and varied and we recognise a wide range of qualifications from around the world.

If you are a UK applicant leaving school or college we accept the following qualifications:

  • A/AS level
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher
  • 14 to 19 Advanced Diplomas
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Awards
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma

We’re committed to widening access to higher education for all sections of the community and so are as flexible as possible in our admissions policy.

All applications should be made via the UCAS website, except for:

  • applications for part-time courses and BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • applications for the International Foundation Year
  • applications for post qualifying Health and Social care courses and single modules
  • applications for International and the Graduate Certificate in Management (GCIM)

If the above applies to you, please click here for information on how to apply.

APPLYING VIA UCAS

You can apply online via the UCAS website. Your school or college should help you to access this service, and will give you a buzzword which you will need to register. You can also use the service if you’re applying independently in the UK and overseas.

Take some time to check your online application before you submit it. It’s important that you take care when completing the 'choices' section and use the correct institution codes and programme codes.

You can apply for up to five programmes, so make sure you think through your options carefully before applying. Also check that the 'education' section displays your correct qualification details. You should then forward your application on to your referee, who will check your application, provide the reference and forward the application to UCAS. If you are applying independently, you will be responsible for obtaining and adding the reference yourself.

It costs £23 to apply for two-five choices. If, however, you wish to only apply to the University of Salford and you are only applying for one programme, you may use a single entry at a fee of £12. You may pay online using a credit or debit card, or alternatively if you are applying from your school or college they may choose to be invoiced.

You can follow the progress of your application 24 hours a day, seven days a week using UCAS Track by logging on to www.ucas.com.

If you experience any difficulties with Apply you should contact the UCAS Customer Services team:
T +44 (0)871 468 0468

If you would like further help from the University, please contact:

Central Admissions
T: 0161 295 4545
enquiries@salford.ac.uk

When applying, make sure you use the correct codes:

Salford institution code name: SALF

Salford institution code: S03

Campus code: there are no campus codes at Salford - leave this blank

We will start receiving applications for entry in autumn 2018 from early September 2017

The normal closing date for applications is 15 January 2018 (although if you are at school or college, they may ask you to fill it in earlier to give them time to prepare your reference). Applications received after this date may still be considered if the course is not full. If you apply late, please check the UCAS website for course availability first.

UCAS Extra: 25 February – 4 July 2018

Clearing starts: 5 July 2018

A level results: 16 August 2018

Writing your personal statement is a key part of the UCAS application process, but we know that it can sometimes feel like a daunting task.
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Here are our top five tips for a winning personal statement…

1. PREPARATION, PREPARATION, PREPARATION

Start to prepare your personal statement early on. Without thinking about a structure, it will be harder for you to collect and organise your thoughts later on. Begin with a mind map, noting down anything you think might be relevant, such as your skills, qualities, likes, dislikes and experience. Formulate this into a plan, and use your plan to help structure your first draft.

2. capture the attention of the reader

Capture the attention of the reader with a sharp introduction; use positive language to show them you’re enthusiastic about your chosen subject. The main section of your statement should demonstrate what you have learned from the experiences you are writing about, and how this is relevant to the course you want to study. Tell the reader about your skills and qualities, and how these contribute to your understanding of the subject.

3. TELL THEM ABOUT YOURSELF

Your work experience and interests are also important, as this can highlight why you’re the perfect student for the course. Universities want to know that you’ll become an active member of the student community, not just succeed academically. Are you part of a club, do you play any sports, or have an unusual hobby?  Make sure you mention these here. Remember; entry requirements are transparent, you and your experiences are unique.

4. SELL, SELL, SELL

Conclude your personal statement by summarising your key strengths, and reiterate that you are ready (both socially and academically) for university life. Be confident, keep it positive, and really sell yourself.

5. LOSE THE WAFFLE

Remember that you have a limited number of words, so be clear and concise – don’t waffle! Don’t expect your first draft to be perfect; ask a teacher or careers advisor to check over it for you so that your spelling and grammar are spot on.
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At the University of Salford we believe that everyone should be able to achieve their full potential.

If you’ve been out of education for a while, want to further your career or simply want to study in a field that you’re passionate about, the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES) could be for you.

How can I apply?

  • Submit your course application as you would normally through UCAS.
  • We will then recommend you to SAES if you’re eligible (you’ll be notified of this recommendation via UCAS or by our admissions team getting in touch with you).  

Successful applicants will be contacted through SAES about an assessment. There are two different entry routes depending on your course. If the course you’re studying is related to Business and Law, Health Sciences, Environment & Life Sciences or Arts & Media, you will be assessed through Accreditation for Prior Learning. 

Accreditation for Prior Learning

APL considers students who might not meet the traditional criteria to study but who demonstrate the ability or have prior experience relevant to their course. The assessment may consider a portfolio of your work, previous coursework/examinations or employer references.If the course you’re studying is related to Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Computing, Science & Engineering or the Built Environment, you will be assessed through a MSAP-UK test.In this test, you will take a combination of two modules from a possible three:

  1. Written English: One hour
  2. Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences: One hour.
  3. Reasoning in Sciences, Maths and Social Sciences: One hour.

Visit the MSAP-UK website for more information on the MSAP-UK test, modules and how to book.

Part-time applications are made directly to the University. If you want to apply to study a part-time undergraduate qualification please contact our Course Enquiries Service on 0161 295 4545 for more information.

You’ll need to complete an Undergraduate Studies direct application form.

Please note you will need to provide two references.