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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

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 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.

We'll start to send out invitations after Christmas, so keep an eye on your emails.

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

We're also holding a Christmas social event in December - check your email for your invitation!

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


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.


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

Accommodation and 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 enquires team on or +44 (0)161 295 4545.

At the University of Salford, the fee for all UK/EU students studying a full-time undergraduate degree is £9,250 a year. The fee for all UK/EU part-time students will vary depending on the number of credits taken each year.

If you are taking out a UK student loan for tuition fees from the Student Loans Company, payments are made by the Student Loans Company directly to the University for you.

For detailed information and support on tuition fees and loans, visit our askUs page here.

One of the ways you can receive support with student finance is through our bursaries and scholarships scheme. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for one of our financial support packages to help with the costs of study.

Salford Student Bursaries

If you’re a Greater Manchester resident with a household income of £25,000 or less, you could be awarded the Salford Student Bursary. We have 390 awards available to students starting their course in 2018, which is paid in three instalments of £1,000 in years one, two and three.

To be eligible for a Salford Student Bursary, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a declared household residual income of £25,000 or less (as part of your submitted application, you must have been income assessed through Student Finance England).
  • Have your permanent address (not term time address) in the Greater Manchester area and have been schooled within Greater Manchester.
  • Be a new student to Higher Education planning to study a BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), BEng (Hons), LLB (Hons), MChem, MEng, MEnv or MPhys course and entering in year 1. Foundation Year students can apply when you progress onto Year 1 of the programme.
  • Your tuition fee must not be less than £9,250 (full-time) or £4,620 (part-time).

Please note that meeting the criteria does not guarantee you an award.

Priority is given to students in the care system and students from neighbourhoods where participation in Higher Education is low.

Salford Advantage Bursaries

Salford Advantage Bursaries are specifically for UK students who have been in the care system and/or those estranged from their parents. The bursaries are worth £3,000 in total, which is paid equally over the duration of three years of study. 

You can apply for the bursary following registration at the University in October.

For more information on the Salford Advantage Bursaries or the support that may be available for you as a care-experienced or estranged student, please contact:

t: 0161 295 0023

While you’re at university, you’ll need to budget for your living costs. You can use our budget calculator to get a better idea of how much money you will need. If you want to boost your funds while studying – and gain some valuable work experience at the same time – our Careers and Employability service can help you find a part-time job.

You can also register with Unitemps at their on-campus branch in University House. Find out more on the Unitemps website.

Disabled students make up 15% of our student population and we’re proud to offer an accessible and inclusive support service. Click on the link to find out more about the support you could receive, or contact one of our helpful advisors on or 0161 295 0023.

When should I apply?

You can apply for accommodation as soon as you've received an offer from us. As rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis, we recommend booking as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

All bookings should be made online via CLV’s website. Once on the site, you will need to follow this easy step-by-step process:

  • Register
  • Pick the contract length that suits your course
  • Choose your room
  • Sign your license agreement
  • Make the required payments to secure your booking

If you have any specific requirements for your accommodation (be they medical, religious or single sex preferences), all you need to do is let CLV know and they will do their best to cater to your needs.

If you have a disability or need specific access requirements at your accommodation site, you can choose accessible flats at both John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts, and Peel Park Quarter. If you contact CLV, they will give you more information about the best room for your needs.

What accommodation options are available?

We have two student villages which are managed by our partners, CLV. For more information, check out our Why Salford? page.

You can find advice on all things student finance on the Student Room forum.

You can also access our student support service, askUs, for information on financial support and managing your money.

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.

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.


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

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

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.
Here are our top five tips for a winning personal statement…


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.