Applying to Essex
Applications for the majority of our courses should be made through
the Universities and
Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), full details are listed with our courses. You make your application online via
UCAS Apply and Track service. UCAS charge a small
fee for processing your application.
The UCAS code for Essex is ESSEX E70. Our individual campus codes for our
Loughton and Southend campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
UK students at school/college
If you are a UK student and still at school or college, you can apply
through your school. Your careers advisor or teacher can check and submit
your completed application to UCAS.
EU or international students
If you are an EU or international student, it may be possible to apply
through your school or college but this is not common practice. You can
apply online through
UCAS, as an independent applicant.
School/college leavers and mature students
If you are a mature student or no longer at school or college, then you can apply online
UCAS as an independent applicant.
Help with your application
When to apply
UK or EU students starting October
If you are applying from the UK or any other EU country for October
entry, you should send your application to UCAS as soon as possible after
September of the previous year and no later than the UCAS 15 January
If your application is received by UCAS after the deadline date, it will
be forwarded to the universities you have listed and considered at the
universities’ discretion. We normally continue to consider applications
after this date, subject to the availability of places on the relevant
Students outside the EU starting October
If you are applying from outside the European Union for October entry,
you should aim to send your application to UCAS no later than 30
Deferred entry and second-year entry
Deferring your entry to take a gap year may enhance your application. A
year abroad can add valuable cultural and linguistic experience and if you
use your gap year to work and earn money to support your higher education
study, this would certainly be viewed as using your time wisely.
If you intend to defer entry for a year, you can apply in the normal way,
but indicate clearly on your UCAS application that you wish to enter in the
following year. You may wish to provide details of how you intend to spend
your intervening year. We consider applications for deferred entry on the
same basis as those for entry in the current year.
Second year entry
We’re happy to consider applications for entry to the
second year of study for most of our courses. For
direct entry to the second year, we would normally
expect you to achieve at least 55-60% overall in
the first-year modules of a comparable course at
another institution. Contact our Undergraduate
Admissions Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying through UCAS Extra
We may be prepared to consider an application through
UCAS Extra, subject to the availability of places. Please check UCAS for
details of course vacancies and entry requirements prior to making your UCAS
We would also advise you to submit a new personal statement and reference
directly to us, particularly if the subject emphasis of your course has
altered since making your initial application.
Disability, dyslexia and health issues
When you apply you can declare whether you have
a disability or health issues so we can provide
support. We have a team of disability and wellbeing
advisers, dyslexia tutors, and other specialist staff.
After you apply
Once we receive your application from UCAS it is
considered by our Admissions Team. When making
a decision on your application, we take into account
a range of factors, including GCSE performance,
AS-level results (if taken), subjects taken at A-level
(or equivalent qualifications), predicted grades, your
personal statement and your academic reference.
Interview and Applicant Days
If you’re based in the UK, we’ll invite you to either
an Interview Day or an Applicant Day
(depending on yoursubject). This will give you the chance to meet
members of staff and students, and have a look
around the University.
If you’re not resident in the
UK but would like to visit our campuses, we would
love to show you around on one of our campus tours.
UCAS will officially inform you when a decision has
been made on your application. You’ll also receive
information from us if we make you an offer. Once
you’ve received a decision from all your choices,
UCAS will ask you to accept one offer as your
firm (first) choice and one offer as your insurance
(second) choice via UCAS Track.
If your application is
unsuccessful and you would like feedback, please contact our Undergraduate
Admissions Office by email at email@example.com.
Accepting your place
UCAS will give you the option to accept one offer as your firm (first)
choice and one offer as your insurance (second) choice. You do not need to
contact us directly with your decision – we will be told this by UCAS – but
if you have any queries before you make your final decision, please email at
Confirming your place
If your offer is conditional on exam results, and you
go on to meet the conditions specified in the offer,
we’ll confirm your place. If your results don’t quite
meet the conditions, we may still confirm your place,
but this depends on the results and the availability of
If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer
and don’t secure a place on your chosen course,
you may be offered an alternative course. You
also may be offered a foundation option through
our Essex Pathways Department although some are only
open to EU or overseas students. Our decision
is usually made within a few days and you’ll be
notified by UCAS.
Applying to Essex is
straightforward. We make
things as easy for you as
possible, so you can get
on with the important
business of enjoying Essex. If you have any specific
questions, then please email us at