How to Apply



Check, double-check, and check again...

  • Make sure all parts of your application are complete
  • List all your qualifications correctly
  • Check entry requirements before you apply
  • Ask someone to proofread your application before submitting
  • Keep an eye on deadlines
  • Email Admissions at if you get stuck


Key dates for 2021

Double-check these dates and get them in your diary pronto:

  • UCAS deadline for Undergraduate Admissions: Friday 15 January 2021, 18:00
Applying Through UCAS

Our UCAS institution code is A80.

Completing your UCAS application isn’t a quick job, but keep in mind you don’t have to fill it out all in one go. Take your time to make sure it reflects the best of you.

Add and to your email address book and check your emails regularly (keep an eye on your Junk folder too, just in case).

You’ll be sent important information throughout the application process via both email and text message. It normally takes around a few working days for us to process an application, however in certain cases it can take a little longer. Please be patient – we haven’t forgotten about you!

Find out more about applying through UCAS.

Types Of Offer

Unconditional Offer

You’ve already satisfied the entry criteria so we’ve guaranteed your place on the course.

Conditional Offer

You’re just what we’re looking for, but you still need to 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, but we really like your application so have made you an offer for an alternative course.

Contextualised admissions

We have a long-standing commitment to social mobility, so applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds may be made a lower conditional offer.

And then...

When you’ve received decisions for all your applications, you’ll need to reply to your offers via UCAS Track.

If you’ve received an unconditional offer that you’d like to accept, your place is confirmed. If you’ve received multiple conditional offers, you can choose one course as your firm choice and one as your insurance (second) choice. You’ll need to decline any other offers you’ve received.

For more information, head to UCAS


Applicant Appeals

More information can be found here.


If you’re invited to an interview as part of the application process, here are some handy tips to make sure you ace it:

Find out exactly what to expect

If you don’t know the format the interview will take or whether you need to bring anything, get in touch with the Admissions team as soon as you can.

Get here 15 minutes early

Make sure you know where you’re going and get in touch if there’s a problem or you’re running late.

Research your course

It may sound obvious, but showing you’ve looked into the course makes all the difference. Try to also show interest beyond what you’ve been taught in the classroom. You’re not expected to be an expert, but showing you’ve read around the subject is sure to impress.

Come prepared with a list of questions about the course or the university

This demonstrates you’ve really thought about why you’d like life at Aston. Remember, an interview is the perfect opportunity to find out course details you can’t get anywhere else.

Stage a mock interview

Whether it’s with your teacher, careers adviser, a parent or friend, get someone to fire a few interview questions your way so you’re less nervous on the day.


Your Offer: What's Next?

A-level results will be published on 10 August 2021 and can be viewed on UCAS Track. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!

Remember, if you don’t meet the requirements for either your firm or insurance choice, you may still be accepted onto your course or be made an alternative offer. And whatever happens on the day, you’re welcome to get in touch with one of our advisors and see how we can help.


If you’ve done better than expected, Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. It enables you to hold your Firm place while looking for an offer elsewhere. This means that even If you’re holding an offer at another institution, you can still apply to study at Aston.


If you don’t receive any offers, you’ll be eligible to enter Clearing. This process is how universities fill any places they still have on their courses, and entry requirements are often lowered. Find out more.

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