Applying for a course

Once you've chosen the course you want to study, you need to apply for a place. Here's a step-by-step guide to a typical journey, from your application right through to starting your course.

Step 1
Apply online through UCAS

The only way to apply for all our undergraduate courses is online through UCAS. You can apply from mid-September through to the end of June, but you should aim to submit your application by 15 January, because after this date courses can be closed to applications.

UCAS use a standard form which you can save as you go along, so you don't need to complete it all at once.

Our UCAS code name is SHU and our number is S21. The UCAS code for each course is listed in its entry in our online prospectus. For example, the UCAS code for BA (Honours) Business Studies is N100. You will need to include this code on your application form.

Read more about applying through UCAS.

Step 2
Attend an interview (this only applies to some courses)

Some of our courses, such as nursing, require you to attend an interview or selection process as part of the application process. If you're invited to one of these, we will send you some information to help you prepare, as well as details of the date, time and location.

For some of the creative courses, such as art or fashion, you will need to bring along some examples of your work. We'll send you advice on this before you come.

Step 3
Check your application status

You can check the status of your application using UCAS Track. You will be able to see whether you've been offered a place on the courses you have applied for, and reply to your offers.

UCAS Track is the first place you will see if you've been offered a place, so it's a good idea to check it regularly.

Step 4
Receive your offer

We usually start to make offers from November through to March, although it can be earlier or later than this.

If you're offered a place, it will be a conditional offer or an unconditional offer.

  • A conditional offer means you have been offered a place as long as you meet some conditions – usually based on your exam results.
  • An unconditional offer means you have been offered a place without any further conditions – so if you accept, you're definitely on the course.

Step 5
Choose your firm and insurance choices

If you have conditional offers from more than one university, you need to choose a firm (first) choice and an insurance (second) choice. You confirm these choices by replying to your offers on UCAS Track.

If you accept an unconditional offer you don't need an insurance choice, as your place on the course will be confirmed immediately.

Step 6
Get confirmation on results day

If you meet the conditions of your offer we will confirm your place on UCAS Track. If you don't get the results you were expecting, contact us to see if there is anything we can do.

If you chose Sheffield Hallam as your insurance choice and are not accepted by your firm choice university, we have to wait for that university to update your status with UCAS before we can confirm your place with us. This doesn't usually take very long, but it's worth being aware of.

If you are unable to take up your firm or insurance choices you can apply for courses through clearing. We open a special phone line and website on results day for you to discuss your options.

Step 7
Start your course

Once your place is confirmed, we'll send you full details about your accommodation and what happens when you start, including where to go, what to do and how to officially enrol on your course.

Then, all you need to do is turn up for freshers' week, to start the next stage of your Sheffield Hallam journey.