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We’re here to support you as you get ready for your next chapter. We know that these are uncertain times, but we are here with advice and tips to help you complete your university application and look forward to your future.

Following the latest government announcements regarding school closures and exam cancellations, we want to reassure you about how we will be assessing applications.

Our commitment to 2021 applicants

How to apply

You can continue to apply to university as normal. We have produced a range of information and guidance to help.

If you live in the UK and plan to study full-time from September 2021, you should apply through UCAS. Alternatively, if you are only applying to one university, you can apply directly to the University. Check out the video below where Student Admissions Advisor Denisa Lupulescu talks you through the five steps you need to take to complete your application.

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View how to complete your UCAS application video transcript

If you are planning to study part-time or are an international student, you should apply directly to the University. Alternatively, international students may wish to apply via an overseas representative.

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Your personal statement

We have talked to our students – many of whom were in your position this time last year – and they have told us one of the most difficult parts of the UCAS application is the personal statement.

So, not only do we have advice for you on how to put together your personal statement, we have also created a personal statement writer that actually helps you build it. This is a simple form with a series of questions to prompt you into thinking about what you should include. When you have finished, we will email your draft personal statement to you. 

You can also hear some top tips from our Assistant Registrar, Gurjit Nijjar, about what to include in your personal statement. Please note this video mentions the UCAS deadline as 15 January, this has now been extended to 29 January by UCAS.

Assistant Registrar Gurjit Nijjar on personal statements

View Writing your personal statement video transcript

Your questions, answered

When completing your university application, there’s lots to think about. Senior Schools and Colleges Liaison Assistant, Amy Fairbrother, answers some frequently asked questions. Please note this video mentions the UCAS deadline as 15 January, this has now been extended to 29 January by UCAS.

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View how to apply via UCAS video transcript

Picking a course

It's important to make sure you pick the right course for you. One of our students, Emily, shares her top tips when deciding if a course is right for you. You can also chat to our students to find out what it's really like to study your chosen course at Derby. 

Depending what you choose to study, there could be extra requirements when you apply through UCAS. For instance, if you are applying for our Art and Design courses, you will be asked to prepare a portfolio of your work, so it's good to bear this in mind before you apply. 

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Why Derby? 

We know that picking your top five universities can be tough, so we've created lots of different ways for you to find out more about us. 

Sign up for Derby on Demand, take an online tour of our campuses with our Virtual Open Days, watch our unique Open Day Live production and listen to interviews with our brilliant staff and students, or book a Campus Tour for January.

Get in touch 

At every step of the way, we will do everything we can to help you. You can email us or call us on +44 (0)1332 591044.