Supporting
your UCAS
application

If you're interested in finding out more about how to apply for university, we're here to help. We have advice and tips to help guide you as you complete your university application.

Are you ready to apply?

Selecting a course

It's important to make sure you choose the right course for you - get inspired by browsing our subject areas. Need to decide if a course is right for you? Read a blog by graduate - Emily Harper, who shares her top tips.  

Some courses may have special requirements. 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. 

Your personal statement

We know writing a personal statement can seem new and unfamiliar. So we talked to our current students who were previously in the same position, to help us with this handy guide

Not only do we have advice for you on how to put together your personal statement but 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 finish, your draft personal statement will be emailed to you.

Your questions answered

When completing your university application, there’s lots to think about. Here, we try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

First, you need to register to apply using the UCAS online application service. Once you've registered, you'll be able to complete your application.

There are quite a few sections to fill in, but you don't have to do it all at once.

What is the UCAS deadline?

This is the deadline to ensure that universities review your application and most people will apply by this date. However, you can still apply after the deadline as most courses will continue to accept applications.

What costs are involved when applying to university?

You will have to pay to submit your UCAS application. The application fee for 2024 entry is £27.50, which covers up to six choices.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Your personal statement is your opportunity to showcase why you wish to apply for a particular course or profession. So it's important that you relate all of your skills, experience and passion for the subject area that you're looking to study at university.

For help in writing a strong personal statement, use our personal statement writer.

What should I do if I haven't been able to get much work experience?

In your personal statement, focus on what you have done. And showcase why you're passionate about going to university and studying the subjects that you're interested in.

Who should write my reference?

The reference process will vary, depending on how you choose to apply, either through school or college, a centre that is registered with UCAS, or applying as an individual.

Ideally, your reference should be someone who knows you academically, or in the absence of that, in a work capacity, so they can comment on things such as your work ethic and suitability for higher education.

If you apply through school or college, it's likely that one of your teachers, form tutors or careers advisors will write your reference.

What will happen once I've submitted my application?

Once you submit your application, UCAS will process it, and you'll receive an email confirming that your application has been sent to your university choices. You can check on the progress of your application through UCAS Track.

Once you start to receive offers back from your universities, you'll need to decide which is your firm (first) choice and which is your insurance (second) option.

How can I find out more about studying at the University of Derby?

There are lots of ways you can find out about our courses, the support we offer and what it's like to study at Derby. You can explore our website, come to an Open Day and chat to our students online.

Where can I apply for student finance?

Student finance applications will open in February for September entry. You will need to apply by the end of May to make sure that you get your first loan instalment when you start university. You apply through the government website, gov.uk. It's a central application for all loans. 

Everything you need to know about funding your studies, as well as how to apply, can be found on the gov.uk's student finance pages.

What kind of loans can I apply for?

You can apply for two loans - there's the tuition fee loan and the maintenance loan. The tuition fee loan pays your tuition fee for the course, and the maintenance loan pays for all other living costs.

Are there any additional grants available?

Students can apply for grants for dependants. So there's an adult dependants' grant, there's a parental learning allowance and there's a child care grant. So if a student has any child or adult dependants, they can apply for those elements of support.

Is there additional funding available for students on Nursing or Allied Healthcare courses?

If you're studying Nursing or an Allied Healthcare programme you can apply to the NHS for a £5,000 non-repayable training grants. An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year is available to eligible students.

When do students begin to repay their loans?

You won't start repaying your loans until you've completed study and you're working and earning. You'll pay back based on your income, the current threshold (in 2023) is £27,295 and you'll pay back 9% of your income over that threshold.

Find out more about undergraduate fees and finance.

Respond to your offer

If you receive an offer from the University of Derby, you will be notified on UCAS Track and will need to reply to your offer. You can select your Firm acceptance – this is your first choice. If your Firm acceptance is conditional, you’ll also have the option to select your Insurance acceptance.

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Why choose Derby?

Our focus on employability, state-of-the-art facilities, expert teaching and vibrant city are just some of the benefits of choosing to study at the University of Derby.

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Get to know us 

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. 

Get in touch 

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

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to come to an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

Next Open Day: Saturday 23 March, 9.30am - 3pm

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