Applying to Essex as a UK student

Applying to Essex couldn't be easier. Whether you are a current student in school or college, or a mature student looking to return to study, you will find all the information you need on what to include and how to submit your application.

Follow these few simple steps to start your journey and join your new Essex family...

Application Process

All applicants need to make sure they meet the course-specific academic entry requirements and provide the following:

  1. Details of all your qualifications and grades, including any not yet completed
  2. A personal statement - See our handy guide
  3. A suitable reference
  4. GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Are you a UK student in school or 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, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Follow these simple steps to make your application online:

  1. Register with UCAS
  2. Complete the application -You don't need to complete the form all at once.  You can save it and return to it when you have the information you need.
  3. Make a payment to complete and submit your application.
  4. UCAS will pass your application onto the universities you have chosen.

You can apply for up to five course choices. You can find the UCAS code for your chosen course in the details section on the relevant Course Finder page.

Our UCAS institution code is E70.   

Mature students and under 18s

If you are over the age of 21 and no longer at school or college, or under the age of 18 years old, you will find information on additional requirements and next steps below.

Are you no longer at school or college?

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) or no longer at school or college, you can apply online through UCAS or via our Direct Admissions form as an independent applicant. 

We recognise that students come from all backgrounds and embrace the different experiences that mature learners bring to our community. If you have a non-traditional academic background, we will look at your educational and employment history, together with your personal statement and reference, to gain a deeper knowledge of your suitability for the course when we assess your application.

Our mature students page will help to answer your questions. You may also find this UCAS information for mature students useful.

  • In addition to the standard requirements outlined at the top of the page, you need to show evidence of your ability to undertake degree-level work.
  • If you have not received formal education for some time you may need to complete a preparatory course, or you might be able to join us on a degree course with a foundation year, through our Essex Pathways program.
  • If you receive an offer to study at Essex we may need to see evidence of your qualifications before you can register.  If you took your qualifications some time ago or have misplaced your certificates, there is some useful information online about what to do if you don’t have copies of old exam certificates.

You can find further information about applying as a mature student on the UCAS website.

Will you be under 18 at the point of entry?

We understand that for some people going to university before they turn 18 is the right choice for them and so we can admit students aged 16 and over, providing they meet the entry requirements for the course they have applied for.

If you will be under 18 at the point of entry you will be required to provide additional documents:

  1. An under 18 form as part of your offer conditions
  2. Parent/guardian approval for your application
  3. Details of an emergency contact aged over 21 

Further details for applicants who will be under 18 at the point of entry to the University are available on our Undergraduate Admissions Policy and on this webpage.

Please note: Offers cannot be made to applicants who will be under 16 at the point of starting their degree.


Communication of an offer

Where the University decides to make you an offer, this will be communicated to you via the UCAS Hub and/or via the myEssex applicant portal.

You will receive:

  • An offer letter,
  • 'Important information about your offer' booklet
  • Information on the University's Terms and Conditions (and other policies that make up the 'student contract') via the myEssex applicant portal

Unconditional offers

If you've already met all the requirements for the course you have applied for, your offer will be unconditional.

Conditional offers

If there are additional conditions that you need to fulfil in order to meet the entry requirements for the course you have applied for, you may receive a conditional offer.

Additional conditions include:

  • Completing an academic or English language qualification
  • Providing additional documentation such as a reference or an ‘under 18’ form

What if I don't achieve the required grades?

If your final grades are not as high as you had hoped, we may be able to offer a small amount of flexibility once we have your results. We’ll review each part of your application, including previous academic achievements, personal statement and reference before a final decision is made.

If we are unable to accept your application for your chosen course, the good news is you may still be able to secure a place with us on a course which includes a foundation year

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Got a question? We're here to help and guide you through the process. If you have a question, send an email to our friendly Admissions team.