Natural Sciences

Applying for Natural Sciences

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Application and Selection

All students should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applicants are considered solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction. 

Applications for entry must be received by the deadline set by UCAS to ensure that they are considered for the relevant academic year.  Check the UCAS website for key dates for undergraduate admissions

The primary criterion used in selection is academic ability, but other factors will also be considered including your motivation and commitment to complete the course as illustrated by your personal statement. Before applying, we advise that you thoroughly check the entry requirements of the course, paying particular attention to individual pathway requirements.  

Offers to school-leavers are usually made without an interview, but the admissions team often interview students who have been out of a full-time study environment for more than 18 months. Following your interview we will decide whether to make an offer, All successful candidates will be invited to the Offer Holder Event. The aim of the visit is for you to ensure that you will be entering an institution that meets your needs and aspirations. 

Information for International Applicants

The University of Nottingham is a global university, with a long tradition and extensive experience of welcoming students from around the world. Both the University and the course welcome applications from international and EU students. 

Before applying, we advise that you thoroughly check the entry requirements of the course, paying particular attention to individual pathway requirements. There is information at the bottom of the entry requirements page regarding qualifications outside of A levels and IB that we accept and a link to the country specific qualifications page to check equivalencies. If you are not sure whether we would accept your qualification please contact us to check.

Natural Sciences is taught and assessed in English so it is important that both international and EU students have a good command of the English language. Details of our English language requirement can be found on the entry requirements page.

The University of Nottingham is an international community of students and our International Office has an experienced team who can provide a strong network of support for international students – from first enquiry through to graduation. The can provide guidance on a wide range of matters and we encourage you to get in touch early so they can guide you through the process of applying. 

Find out more about applying as an international student

What makes you stand out on your application form?

Things that make you stand out on your UCAS form: 

  • Academic ability and potential as shown by GCSE+AS level results and predicted A level grades.

  • Strong reasons for choosing the course at Nottingham, and motivation to study a particular discipline.

  • Related work or voluntary experience showing commitment to a chosen career (particularly important for courses with a vocational slant).

  • Extra-curricular activities, achievements and interests.

Students who are applying predominantly for another course should focus on this course in their Personal Statement. The Personal Statement is not critical for you application to Natural Sciences at Nottingham as it may be for other courses, such as Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.
Further guidance on completing your personal statement can be found on the UCAS site.

Deferred Entry

We are happy to accept applications 12 months before the date of admission if you have sensible plans for making use of your gap year, or good reasons for deferring. It is best to apply for your place before you take a year out as then you know that you have a place waiting for you. If you choose to defer with a gap year then make sure you make good use of this year in your own development, for example by travelling, by taking up paid employment or by doing volunteer work. 

Please get in touch with us if you have any queries related to deferred entry.

Applicants with Additional Support Needs

The University of Nottingham is committed to promoting access for students who have a disability, specific learning difficulty and/or a long-term medical condition. We have more than 1,250 students at the University with disabilities and our aim is to provide a high level of support and guidance from the moment you first enquire to the moment you graduate. We aim to enable students to fulfil the requirements of their courses as independently as possible, and provide a range of services accordingly.

If you have a condition which impacts your studies you are encouraged to alert the University at an early stage, to assist in ensuring provision of appropriate support services.  Applicants can do this by specifying a disability code on their UCAS application, they will then be contacted in confidence if further information is needed and advised about the support which is available.

If you have a disability and intend to come on to one of our Open Days, or Offer Holder Events please contact the Enquiry Centre in the first instance to discuss any particular support you may need for your visit.



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Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
University Park

Tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2376
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