Study with us


Study with us

Applying to Essex

Applications for the majority of our courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), full details are listed with our courses. You make your application online via the UCAS Apply and Track service. UCAS charge a small fee for processing your application.

The UCAS code for Essex is ESSEX E70. Our individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.

  • UK students at school/college

    If you are a UK student and still at school or college, you can apply through your school. Your careers advisor or teacher can check and submit your completed application to UCAS.

  • EU or international students

    If you are an EU or international student, it may be possible to apply through your school or college but this is not common practice. You can apply online through UCAS, as an independent applicant.

  • School/college leavers and mature students

    If you are a mature student or no longer at school or college, then you can apply online through UCAS as an independent applicant.

Help with your application

When to apply

  • UK or EU students starting October

    If you are applying from the UK or any other EU country for October entry, you should send your application to UCAS as soon as possible after September of the previous year and no later than the UCAS 15 January deadline.

    If your application is received by UCAS after the deadline date, it will be forwarded to the universities you have listed and considered at the universities’ discretion. We normally continue to consider applications after this date, subject to the availability of places on the relevant course.

  • Students outside the EU starting October

    If you are applying from outside the European Union for October entry, you should aim to send your application to UCAS no later than 30 June.

  • Deferred entry and second-year entry

    Deferred entry

    Deferring your entry to take a gap year may enhance your application. A year abroad can add valuable cultural and linguistic experience and if you use your gap year to work and earn money to support your higher education study, this would certainly be viewed as using your time wisely.

    If you intend to defer entry for a year, you can apply in the normal way, but indicate clearly on your UCAS application that you wish to enter in the following year. You may wish to provide details of how you intend to spend your intervening year. We consider applications for deferred entry on the same basis as those for entry in the current year.

    Second year entry

    We’re happy to consider applications for entry to the second year of study for most of our courses. For direct entry to the second year, we would normally expect you to achieve at least 55-60% overall in the first-year modules of a comparable course at another institution. Contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office by email at

  • Applying through UCAS Extra

    We may be prepared to consider an application through UCAS Extra, subject to the availability of places. Please check UCAS for details of course vacancies and entry requirements prior to making your UCAS Extra application.

    We would also advise you to submit a new personal statement and reference directly to us, particularly if the subject emphasis of your course has altered since making your initial application.

  • Disability, dyslexia and health issues

    When you apply you can declare whether you have a disability or health issues so we can provide support. We have a team of disability and wellbeing advisers, dyslexia tutors, and other specialist staff.

After you apply

Once we receive your application from UCAS it is considered by our Admissions Team. When making a decision on your application, we take into account a range of factors, including GCSE performance, AS-level results (if taken), subjects taken at A-level (or equivalent qualifications), predicted grades, your personal statement and your academic reference.

  • Interview and Applicant Days

    If you’re based in the UK, we’ll invite you to either an Interview Day or an Applicant Day (depending on yoursubject). This will give you the chance to meet members of staff and students, and have a look around the University.

    If you’re not resident in the UK but would like to visit our campuses, we would love to show you around on one of our campus tours.

  • Your application

    UCAS will officially inform you when a decision has been made on your application. You’ll also receive information from us if we make you an offer. Once you’ve received a decision from all your choices, UCAS will ask you to accept one offer as your firm (first) choice and one offer as your insurance (second) choice via UCAS Track.

    If your application is unsuccessful and you would like feedback, please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office by email at

  • Accepting your place

    UCAS will give you the option to accept one offer as your firm (first) choice and one offer as your insurance (second) choice. You do not need to contact us directly with your decision – we will be told this by UCAS – but if you have any queries before you make your final decision, please email at

  • Confirming your place

    If your offer is conditional on exam results, and you go on to meet the conditions specified in the offer, we’ll confirm your place. If your results don’t quite meet the conditions, we may still confirm your place, but this depends on the results and the availability of places.

    If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer and don’t secure a place on your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course. You also may be offered a foundation option through our Essex Pathways Department although some are only open to EU or overseas students. Our decision is usually made within a few days and you’ll be notified by UCAS.

Contact us

Applying to Essex is straightforward. We make things as easy for you as possible, so you can get on with the important business of enjoying Essex. If you have any specific questions, then please email us at

Applicant Days

Students at an applicant day

If you’re a UK student with an offer to study with us you’ll be invited to attend a Applicant Day or interview (if required). It’s a chance to discover more about your course, life at Essex and to meet your department.

Campus tours

Student studying

We understand that choosing a university for your studies is a whole new experience, so we’d be happy to arrange a campus tour for you guided by a current Essex student to get to know our campus.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Routes

Whether you're applying to Essex from the UK, EU or outside the EU, find out more about our entry requirements, including visa applications and English language requirements.