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How to apply for an undergraduate course

Here's a full rundown of what to do, in a little more detail.

1. Apply online through UCAS

To apply for courses starting in 2021 you do this online through UCAS. You can apply from the beginning of 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.

2. Attend a selection event  (this only applies to some courses)

Some of our courses, such as nursing, require you to attend a selection event or have a 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.

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.

4. Receive your offer

We usually start to make offers from November through to March

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 the conditions - usually based on your 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. 
  • a Sheffield Hallam Achievement Offer is offered to the strongest applicants in certain subject areas. Accepting this offer as your firm choice makes your offer unconditional and secures your place. Your results are still very important to your future employability and ability to succeed at University and you may also meet the criteria for the High Achievement scholarship of £1,000, so you should still work hard to meet or exceed your predicted grades.

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.

Making your firm and insurance choice is an important decision, and one you shouldn't rush. If you can, visit all the universities you have offers from so you can get a feel which course and university is right for you.

6. Confirming your place

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 discuss the options open to you.

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.

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 Welcome Week, to start the next stage of your Sheffield Hallam journey.

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