University of Brighton Admissions
Application and admission
University of Brighton Admissions, If your students are keen to apply to the University of Brighton, our admissions team welcome any queries you have about any of our courses.
We also offer impartial advice and careers guidance services to students at schools and colleges that are part of the University of Brighton Compact.
On this page we have tried to provide some general advice on what our admissions tutors look for when assessing applications.
The admissions tutors will evaluate each personal statement against the course criteria. However, no matter what the course, tutors value statements that are:
- well-structured, well-written and succinct
- analytical and not just descriptive i.e. they have reflected on their experiences and explained what they have learnt through them
- enthusiastic and demonstrate commitment through the content
- individual, but not too different.
All statements should cover:
- reasons for choosing the course
- work experience
- career aspirations
- skills and abilities and how these are pertinent to the chosen course of study
- positions of responsibility
- interests and hobbies
- gap year plans.
Please your students aware that we use a ‘similarity detection service’ to check that all personal statements are original. Also, that the personal statement will usually form the basis of questions at interview, if this is part of the admissions process for their chosen course.
The specifics that our admissions tutors look for when assessing an application vary according to the course. However, effective references all provide clear and personal insight into the applicant’s motivation and personal attributes.
What should a reference include?
- Academic achievement and potential, including predicted results
- Extenuating circumstances
- Suitability for higher education and their chosen course
- Evidence of their commitment to their chosen profession
- Their personal attributes
- How they have contributed socially and academically to their college or school
- Other relevant interests.
What makes a good reference?
A good reference:
- avoids bland, generalised statements about the applicant and the school
- mentions the challenges the student may have faced (e.g. dyslexia) and the strategies they have adopted to deal with them
- demonstrates that the referee understands the demands of the course that the student has applied for
- gives insight into why a student wants to follow a particular career choice
- adds to and gives evidence of the claims made by the student in the personal statement, rather than repeating the facts that the student has already covered
- gives explicit examples that support the attributes the student has – motivation, enthusiasm, punctuality, reliability, ability to work in groups and independently
- is honest about a student’s physical and mental health.
Different approaches to compiling academic references
Schools take different approaches to how they collect, write and edit personal statements. If you are in charge of submitting the final references it is worth understanding the common weaknesses that result with each approach.
Approach: provide a general introduction to the school with individual tutors commenting on academic performance
Weakness: often fails to give insight into the personality of the applicant and their suitability for the course. Also the different styles can mean information may be difficult to access, for example predictions are included throughout the text.
Approach: Whole references written by a single subject tutor who knows the student well.
Weakness: Often does not provide sufficient information on all the student’s subjects.
The most successful approach seems to be where individual subject tutors provide in-depth information, which is then incorporated into a reference that is written by one person.