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 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. 

What makes you stand out on your UCAS 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 the Enquiry Centre if you have any queries related to deferred entry.

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Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
University Park

Tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2376
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3555