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How to apply

With the challenges of recent years, it’s exciting to look forward to the opportunities that 2022 will bring. 

At Staffordshire University, we want to assure you that in higher education, the wheels never stop turning, and we’ve got your back while you decide on the right path to take. 

It’s important to understand that grades aren’t everything when it comes to starting a future in higher education. There are various routes into the courses that we offer, and our support and advice teams are here to make sure that you get the full picture when you’re applying, and to make the most of the skills, qualifications and experience that you already have. 

Whether you’ve had your eye on higher education for a while, you need help with your application, or you’ve only just decided that university life might be for you, contact us and let the experts lend you a helping hand.

Applying through UCAS

If you wish to apply for a full-time undergraduate degree, you should apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can apply directly to the university for part-time and distance learning courses.

UCAS course code

To complete your UCAS application online you'll need the correct UCAS course code for each course you're applying for.

You'll find these four digit codes (eg P500) in our prospectus, on the relevant course page of this website, or on the UCAS website itself.

Staffordshire University institution code: S72

Along with the UCAS course code, you'll also need the Institution Code of the University above.

To find out more about the UCAS application process, visit the UCAS website.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you apply to Staffordshire University for Stoke-on-Trent campus or Stafford Centre of Excellence and make us your firm choice, we can usually guarantee your accommodation right in the beating heart of the campus. For more information see our guaranteed accommodation page.

Applying direct to the University

If the course you are interested in is not covered by UCAS, or is a part-time undergraduate course, apply directly using apply link found on each course page.

When to apply

You can start applying for courses in September the year before you want to start. The main deadline for applications is 29 January. You are encouraged to apply by then, however late applications are accepted through UCAS until 30 June. Any full-time undergraduate applications made after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing.

When to apply to start in January

If you wish to start your studies in January please apply to UCAS in the usual way. Applications must be received prior to the start date of the course you wish to study.

When to apply for BA Awards in Art and Design

Art and Design courses at Staffordshire University have a deadline date of 29 January.

If you apply for art and design courses with different deadlines, you can submit your application before 29 January for courses with that deadline, then add further choices before the 24 March deadline using UCAS Track (as long as you haven't used all five choices).

International students

International applicants (outside the European Union) can complete our online application form. If you receive an offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate course you must register an application with UCAS. Visit our dedicated International applicant support pages.

Disabled students

No applicant judged to be academically suitable will be refused admission on grounds of disability without compelling reasons. However it is important that you tell us on your application form of any impairment so that, wherever possible, we can ensure that we provide the facilities and support you need.

Please apply as early as possible. For an information leaflet or informal discussion, please contact the Student Enabling Centre.

What happens after I've applied?


After we have considered your application, we will write to you and notify the appropriate admissions service (eg UCAS or GTTR) of our decision.

You will be given details of our Open Days and invited to visit us around the time you receive an offer letter. In some cases, you may be invited to attend an interview before we decide whether to offer you a place.

After receiving your results

However confident you are about achieving the results you need, things do not always go to plan. We recommend that you prepare for all eventualities.

If you do not meet the precise conditions of the offer we made you, it may still be possible for us to offer you a place on your chosen course. Contact us for advice as soon as you can.

The Clearing process gives thousands of students a second chance to find a place in higher education. If you go through UCAS clearing and decide to contact us again, do so without delay and remind us that you applied to us during the first phase.

Most universities prefer to consider students who made an application first time round.

Frequently asked questions about applying to university

What is UCAS?

UCAS is short for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges.

All applications for admission to full-time (and sandwich) degrees, DipHE, foundation degrees and BTEC HND courses must be made online through UCAS.

How much does it cost to apply through UCAS?

You can choose to apply to UCAS for up to five different courses.

If you choose just one course at one university or college, the fee is £12. If you enter more than one choice in the course section your application fee is £23.

How do I defer my entry?

If you wish to defer entry to your chosen course for one year, we will still welcome your application. Please indicate your reasons for deferral on the application form.

What does 'Subject to validation' mean?

The University reviews its courses on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the needs of students and employers.

To do this we have a schedule for approving new awards. Some are awaiting their turn in the approval cycle and are shown as 'subject to validation'. As soon as the award is validated, details will be amended automatically.

For those courses listed as subject to validation, please contact the Admissions Office on 01782 292753 for confirmation that the course will be running.

What does 'Course information' mean?

The Staffordshire University website, the University prospectus and the UCAS website describe the undergraduate courses offered by Staffordshire University.

On rare occasions courses may be cancelled or altered at short notice. Please also note that satisfying minimum entry criteria does not guarantee admission to a course and that entry requirements can be subject to change.

Please contact the Enquiries Team on 01782 294400 for course enquiries.