Queen’s University Belfast Admissions 2017/18

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Queen’s University Belfast Admissions 2017/18

Welcome to the Admissions and Access Service. We provide a centralised admissions service for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes for students from around the world. Admissions is often the first point of contact for potential applicants, their advisers and parents.

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017. The advisory closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2018 (18:00), however, for applicants applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2017 (18:00). Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).

Those applying for entry in February 2019 should apply prior to 15 January 2018 (18:00). Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses. Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult.

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date. Applications for Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work must be submitted by the 15 January deadline.

Applications received after this date will not be considered. Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required.

Deferred Entry

Most courses, except Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, are happy to consider applications from students wishing to defer their year of entry. If you apply for deferred entry, you should tell us what you plan to do during your Gap Year in the personal statement section of your UCAS application.

Support for Care Leavers

Queen’s University is committed to providing support for students from a careexperienced background and in recognition of this the University has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark. We have a dedicated member of staff available to support applicants through the application process, which continues throughout their undergraduate studies, including graduation and beyond.

We can guarantee 365-day University accommodation if required and we also award a £1,000 bursary. For more information about our bursary and support, please contact Deirdre Lynskey, d.lynskey@qub.ac.uk or visit our dedicated webpage at qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/ wpu/CareLeavers

Pathway Opportunity Programme

The University’s Pathway Opportunity Programme provides a route for talented young people from Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at Queen’s, but may require additional support and encouragement due to disadvantage experienced, to reach their full potential.

Throughout Years 13 and 14 successful students will benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen’s including admissions guidance and support. Students will also participate in a residential assessed summer school in July. Those who successfully complete the programme will potentially benefit from receiving a reduced offer which may be up to two A-level (or acceptable equivalent) grades lower than the standard offer.

For further information please contact Widening Participation (wpu@qub.ac.uk).

Disability Services

The University is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all of its students and actively encourages applications from people with disabilities and long term conditions. An individual’s disability or long term condition is not considered prior to an offer being made and has no bearing on the decision.

The University offers an extensive range of supports for students with disabilities and long term conditions. The reasonable adjustments available are outlined in the Student Disability Policy.

On receipt of an offer from the University, applicants will be asked to complete a questionnaire to allow Disability Services to determine reasonable adjustments, should they be accepted and placed on their chosen course at Queen’s. Where it is anticipated from the information provided that the applicant will require significant support or will require modifications to the academic course, they will be invited to meet staff from Disability Services and relevant members from the academic School to discuss the applicant’s individual needs.

In a small number of cases where there are fitness to practise concerns or where reasonable adjustments may not be feasible to implement, advice will be obtained by Disability Services from the School, the University’s Senior Medical Officer and appropriate disability organisations to ensure every reasonable effort is made to support the student in taking up their offer on their chosen course at Queen’s.

Following these discussions, staff from Disability Services and the School will again offer to meet with the applicant to discuss the support available to enable them to make an informed judgement on the suitability of the course. In the exceptional and unlikely event where fitness to practise issues remain a concern or reasonable adjustments cannot be implemented, the University reserves the right to withdraw an offer.

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision not to implement adjustments requested which prevent the applicant from taking up their offer of a place on a course may write to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs to request a review of the decision. Further information is available in Annex 1 of the University’s Student Disability Policy at the link above.

If you need any advice about disclosing disability, or the arrangements which we can make, please contact: Disability Services t: +44 (0)28 9097 2727 e: disability.office@qub.ac.uk

Applicants Returning to Education

Queen’s also welcomes applications from students who are returning to education. Each case will be considered on its individual merits and modified entrance targets may be set. Life experience is not in itself sufficient grounds for admission and we require evidence of recent academic study (normally within the last five years) at a suitably high level which has led to positive results.

The qualifications most frequently offered by such applicants are Access Courses, A-levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Extended Diplomas/Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Open University credits. It is our experience that applicants stand a better chance of succeeding on their course if they have been able to acquire or improve skills of reading, analysis and writing beforehand.

While many subjects can be taken from scratch at university level, there are others, particularly in Science and Engineering, where considerable background knowledge is essential. For this reason, it is understandable that the majority of students who have entered university from this background are to be found in humanities and social science subjects. Please be aware that undertaking a period of full-time study can have serious implications.

Think it through carefully. It is a good idea for applicants to get some guidance and counselling from organisations such as nidirect (nidirect.gov.uk) or from the University’s Careers, Employability and Skills service (qub.ac.uk/careers), in order to establish where their best interests and chances of success lie.

We would also encourage applicants to contact the Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), who will be happy to provide advice.

Applicants with a Criminal Record

It is the policy of the University to consider applications for admission on their individual merits in the light of all available information. The primary selection criteria are those related to the qualifications, skills, abilities and personal qualities of an applicant.

The University will investigate the criminal record of a new applicant only if the primary selection criteria for a course have been met. The University acknowledges the key role of education in the rehabilitative process and a criminal record will not debar an applicant unless the nature and seriousness of the offence in question are incompatible with:

  1. The course applied for
  2. The ultimate professional or vocational goal
  3. Participation in an academic and social setting and the University’s responsibility to ensure a safe and neutral environment.

Regulations concerning admission of applicants who have a criminal record are available from the University’s website.

Applications for Theology

All applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses in the University should be submitted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applicants for the Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours with Theology) or Diploma in Theology are invited to contact the University’s Institute of Theology for advice on undergraduate study in Union Theological College.

At the time of enrolment and registration students will also be required to register with the college. Information about Union Theological College, along with their contact details, is available on the Institute of Theology website.

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