Assessing each application fairly and consistently within an extremely competitive field is a difficult task. It is carried out by course selectors (Admissions Tutors) who are academics in departments and by professionals in the Undergraduate Admissions Team to ensure that decisions are made fairly, taking into account as much information about applicants as possible.
Applications are assessed on their own merits and in competition with others, as we receive many more applications for most courses than there are places available. Selectors judge the evidence provided on the UCAS application against the criteria set for the chosen course.
They take into account existing academic achievements and the context within which they have been achieved (including any exceptional circumstances), predicted grades, the personal statement and the academic reference. Remember that selectors want to hear about you and your interests and potential – there is no one-size-fits-all approach!
As a consequence of the high level of competition for our courses, and because we want to consider your full profile and your potential as an individual rather than simply looking at your actual or predicted grades, it may take some time to communicate a decision to you. We will keep you informed of the status of your application during the admissions process.
Successful candidates will receive an offer which the selector feels is most appropriate, though typical offer levels are listed for each course. We will provide feedback to candidates to whom we are not able to make an offer when this is requested in writing. You should be aware that decisions are made on a highly competitive basis and therefore we are often unable to make offers to all applicants who meet, or even exceed, the typical entry requirements.
- What do I need to do to apply?
- What happens to my application form?
- When can I expect to hear about my application?
- What happens next?
Information on making your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is available on their website. The UCAS institution code for the University of Warwick is ‘W20’.
Warwick strongly advises candidates to submit their applications before the UCAS deadline of 15 January.
The University is committed to considering all applications as quickly as possible, but in the interests of fairness some decisions may be delayed until the University has received all applications that are submitted by 15 January.
Where possible we will give careful consideration to applications received after this date, but many courses will not be able to consider new applications at this stage.
Once we have received your form, it will be considered by course selectors (Admissions Tutors) who are academics in the department(s) you have applied to and professionals in the Undergraduate Admissions Team.
For most courses, we receive many more applications than we have places available, so selectors and admissions professionals will look carefully at the information you provide on your UCAS application and consider it against the criteria required for your chosen course(s).
They will look at your existing academic achievements and the context within which they have been achieved (including any exceptional circumstances), your predicted grades, your personal statement and your academic reference. Selectors want to hear about you and your interests and potential – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach! For more advice on filling in your UCAS application, visit our page of tips for making an application.
Although we list typical offer levels for each course in our prospectus, selectors will make offers which they feel are most appropriate to individual candidates.
We consider your full profile and your potential as an individual, not just your actual or predicted grades, so it can take some time to get back to you with a decision. We will however make decisions on applications as quickly as possible and aim to have the majority of decisions confirmed by the end of March. We rigorously apply the same selection criteria to all applications received at UCAS before the 15 January deadline, as such a number of decisions on earlier applications cannot be confirmed until we have received, and had time to consider, all these applications.
Once the course selector has made their decision, we will send it to UCAS. UCAS will inform you of our decision via UCAS Track.
Some departments (English & Comparative Literary Studies, Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies and History of Art) may invite you to an interview before making an offer. Interview policies and dates are listed in the prospectus or the A-Z entry for the relevant department. If you are applying to a department which interviews, you should check their interview dates and try not to make any unbreakable commitments on those dates. Please note that meeting and even exceeding the minimum or typical entry requirements does not guarantee that you will be called for interview.
In addition to the interviews for the courses listed above, those returning to study and those who will be under 18 at the start of their course may also be called for interview.
Please note that as all decisions are communicated to applicants via UCAS, course selectors cannot confirm offers at interview.
If you are successful in your application, we will send you an email with details of the offer we have made and, depending on the practice in the department you have applied to, you may receive an invitation to a departmental Open Day, where you can meet some of the academic staff involved in teaching your chosen course and ask any questions you may have. Departmental Open Days typically take place from late October to May. We encourage candidates to attend Departmental Open Days, even if they have already attended a general Warwick University Open Day.
If you are not successful in your application, you will be notified of this by UCAS. If you would like feedback on an unsuccessful application you should write to the Undergraduate Admissions Team to request this. For reasons of Data Protection we can only provide feedback to the applicant or their officially designated proxy. You should be aware that decisions are often made on a highly competitive basis and therefore we are often unable to make offers to all applicants who meet, or even exceed, the typical entry requirements.
When you have heard from all the universities that you applied to, you will receive notification from UCAS. This asks you to hold one offer as your Firm choice, and another as an Insurance choice.
If you receive two or more offers, you should consider holding an Insurance offer which has grade requirements lower offer than your Firm choice. If you fail to meet the conditions of your Firm choice, but you have accepted a suitable Insurance offer, you will still have a guaranteed place at university. You are not obliged to make an Insurance choice but it is sensible to have a back-up. If all of your offers require the same grades you may still make an Insurance choice but if you fail to meet the terms of either your Firm or your Insurance choice you will not be guaranteed a place.
Your Firm choice should be the university that you consider is best for you, not necessarily the one with the highest offer. Your Insurance university should also be a place where you would be happy to live and study. Remember, the decisions that you make at this point are binding, so consider your options carefully. It is not possible to turn down your Firm choice in favour of your Insurance choice at results time if you meet the terms of your Firm chioce.
- If you haven't already done so, visit the universities you are interested in, either on an organised open day or informally. Talk to current students and academic staff if possible, and just generally take in the atmosphere.
- Be realistic about what grades you will get; make sure that if you choose an Insurance offer, its requirements are lower than those of your Firm offer
For more information, visit the UCAS website, where you will find information about the application procedure and some helpful hints.
The UCAS institution code for the University of Warwick is W20