My exams have been cancelled will you still consider my application?
Although we are still waiting for details of the methods of assessment that will be in place this year where exams have been cancelled, we are expecting that grades will be awarded for your qualifications. As well as grades, we also consider your portfolio or audition and the information provided in your application form, to determine whether you meet the conditions of your offer.
This means that even if you don't get the grades we asked for in your conditional offer, we promise to review your application. Please be reassured, we will be fair and flexible, and will take into consideration any mitigating circumstances that may have had an impact on your performance this year.
I haven’t applied yet - can I still submit an application?
Yes, all our courses are open for applications, so please do apply.
You may be aware of the ‘UCAS equal consideration deadline’ of 29 January 2021. This deadline guarantees all applicants who apply by this date will be considered by all universities for all courses. But it isn’t an application deadline for most universities and courses. While some universities with highly selective courses or restricted numbers may close their courses after this date, many courses remain open. At UCA, we are happy to accept and consider your applications throughout the year.
What can I do to make my application stand out?
For some courses we ask applicants to submit a portfolio. Portfolios are a great opportunity to make a statement about your work and can be submitted digitally.
It's been a really challenging year for students so we're keen that you include unfinished work as well as completed pieces. Your portfolio should lead the us through your creative journey by exhibiting pieces that showcase a variety of skills, processes, and influences. Don't be afraid to be bold!
What does teaching look like at UCA during the pandemic?
For details on how we are delivering teaching, changes to assessment and access to our facilities please check out our page on life at UCA during the pandemic.
What other support are you offering applicants and students through the pandemic?
We know that the pandemic is taking its toll and this may have had an impact on your output, performance or your mental health. If you’re applying to UCA please make us aware of any mitigating circumstance and we’ll take these into account.
If you’d like to find out more about the financial support available to applicants and UCA students through our scholarship and hardship funds you can find out more on our financial support pages.
If you decide to join us in September you will be able to access a range of mental health and wellbeing support, details of which are on our support for student page.