Our commitment to 2021 applicants

We know it has been a challenging time for you, with various disruptions to studies and other activities. Despite this, and the further challenges 2021 might bring, we also know you will be excited about starting your university journey and we wanted to set out some reassurances about how we will be assessing applications. You may be feeling anxious about parts of the process or simply require some clarity - we are here to support you every step of the way.

Our approach

At the University of Derby, we assess your application holistically. Whilst entry grades are important, they are only one element of the application: your personal statement will demonstrate your passion and commitment to the course/s you have chosen, as will a good reference. For some courses, your work and life experiences may also be important. We understand work experience opportunities may have been limited too, so please do not worry about not being able to demonstrate this. We are aware that everyone has different circumstances, so we take a personalised approach to our offer making, ensuring what we set out in our offer conditions are shaped around you and your achievements and goals.

Following the latest government announcements regarding school closures and exam cancellations, we are working closely with exam bodies. We are adapting our approach to reflect the new circumstances and will update here as soon as we have more information.

We have some courses where an interview is required. Currently these are still going ahead using digital methods. This ensures we can still make offers as we usually would, providing you all the options you need to consider in making your university choice.

Some of our creative art courses will require a portfolio submission. We have adapted this process so you can submit this digitally.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or if you are unsure about anything or want to have a chat with us about your options, there are lots of ways in which you can do that. You can call or email our Admissions team who look after and process all our applications:

Call us: +44(0)1332 591167 Email us

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