Undergradute students studying in the George Green library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

How we assess applications

We consider applicants solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential – regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Your exam grades are very important to us. We use exam grades to prioritise applicants, but other things count as well.

  • We look at a range of other factors and aim to give everyone an equal opportunity to show their achievements
  • We treat everyone on an individual basis
  • We receive more applications than we have places – this means that even if you have the right grades for a course, you might not be offered a place
  • Admissions staff for a course may make one standard offer to all applicants or they may vary the offer – this means that some applicants may be made a higher offer and some may be made a lower offer for the same course, depending on their other achievements

Admissions staff at the University of Nottingham look for the following information on the UCAS form:

  • Academic ability and potential as shown by your GCSE (or equivalent) results and predicted or achieved examination results
  • The context of your achievements
  • Strong reasons for choosing the course and motivation to study a particular discipline
  • Extracurricular activities, achievements and responsibilities
  • Other factors as appropriate to the discipline, such as employment or volunteer work in relevant fields showing commitment to a chosen career or area of work, and sustained critical engagement with relevant issues

Our post-16 qualification reform statement includes information on our overall institutional approach following the post-16 qualification reforms, including our approach to the new A level and AS level qualifications.

In keeping with the reform to GCSEs in England where subjects are to be graded from 9 to 1 instead of A* to G, and in accordance with Ofqual recommendation, we will treat GCSEs graded numerically as GCSE grade A*=9, A=7, B=5/6 (depends on course – check course page for details) and C=4. GCSE qualifications taken outside of the UK will still be graded A* to G.

We recognise the potential of talented students from all backgrounds. We make contextual offers to students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college. These offers are usually one grade lower than the entry requirements on our course pages – find out if you're eligible.

The only way that your extenuating circumstances can be considered are via your exam board.We strongly advise you to let your school or college know of the problems you have experienced as soon as possible so they may inform the examination board awarding your grades. We are unable to consider extenuating circumstances separately or additionally to any adjustments which may be made by the examination board.

The University aims to create the conditions whereby students and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstances, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.

If you will be under the age of 18 at the time when you begin your course, your parents or legal guardian must complete a consent form before your application is considered. If your parents or guardian live outside the UK, they must nominate a UK-based guardian. There are some agencies who can provide guardianship services. Find out more in our under 18 admissions guidance.

As well as a reputation for academic excellence, the University of Nottingham has a history of sporting success. We are passionate about supporting promising athletes during their time at Nottingham and employ a flexible admissions policy to support promising athletes in their application.

If you are an athlete of sports scholarship potential that competes at regional, national or international level in your sport or show strong evidence of future outstanding potential, we will consider this when assessing your academic potential. This is subject to confirmation from the University sports department.

As a result, when we assess your application and you meet the requirements of the course, we may consider making you a reduced grade offer. This policy may vary depending on which course you have applied for – this is because different courses have different requirements and some courses may have course specific or professional certification requirements. For further details on this policy, contact us through our enquiry form.

Admissions staff at the University of Nottingham assess many applications using only the information available on the UCAS form. Some courses use additional methods of assessment for all or some applicants.

This may be for a range of reasons, including to:

  • assess your suitability for the profession linked to the course (for example, nursing or veterinary medicine)
  • clarify the material covered by your qualifications, or as part of Recognition of Other Learning (previously APL)
  • assess your achievements, motivation and potential
  • distinguish between otherwise similar applicants

Additional assessment may include interviews or tests. Some courses may ask for examples of written work. Where courses use additional assessment, admissions staff send information to applicants, explaining the nature of the assessment, what admissions staff will be looking for and how applicants can prepare.

The University of Nottingham’s Quality Manual includes more information about our admissions procedures.  

Before we make a decision on your application, we may require some additional documents.

If this is the case, we will email you to request specific documents.

To upload your additional documents

  • go to the NottinghamHub and use the login we sent by email when you applied
  • click on the ‘Documents’ tile and then ‘add a new document’
  • choose ‘upload document’. This will allow you to choose a file from your device

If you are asked to upload more than one document, please do this one at a time.

If you can’t find your NottinghamHub login details, please fill out our enquiry form.

Our policies

We consider applicants solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential – regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.