How to apply

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UCAS registration

Take time to think about what you enjoy; what job you want to do or sector you’d like to join in the future. It’s a good idea to attend an Open Day with us so you can speak to current students and academics.

Find the course you’d like to study and get registered on the UCAS website, you can then add your personal details, education, employment and a reference.

From here, you can upload your personal statement to support the reason for your application. Don’t forget to submit your application before the UCAS deadline on 25 January. Read more on the step-by-step guide on UCAS.

Personal statement

An opportunity to speak positively about yourself. It’s a good idea to plan before you start writing out your personal statement in full - this will help you structure what you want to say.

Speak to your friends and family about your experience, interests, and work or voluntary experience so they can help you plan your statement too.

Remember, this section of your application is your way of showing and evidencing your academic ability, skills and interests you’ve developed in preparation for your degree.

Here are some top tips to get you started:

  • Make a good first impression! Start by talking about your chosen subject area and why interests you – what inspired you to choose this subject?
  • Include your skills, achievements, and life experiences.
  • Explain your general interests and hobbies and how those skills might help you with your course.
  • Include details of any paid and voluntary work.
  • Use a strong ending statement for example, career plans after graduating or your reasons for going to university.
  • Just be yourself and keep it under 4,000 characters.

Once you’ve drafted your statement, print it off and proofread it to check for any mistakes and ask friends and family to check it too. Read more top tips on personal statement advice.


This should be someone who knows you from college or school who can focus on the information relevant to the course you’ve applied for, your skills and abilities, work ethic and enthusiasm.

If you left education, you may want to ask an employer to support you. Friends and family cannot be your references on your application. You can find out about writing references on the UCAS website.

How to apply

Home/EU students (with settled status)

International/EU students (without settled status)

Extra support

Application timeline for entry to LSBU in 2023

Join our live Q&A session on Instagram on 7 December at 4.30pm - 5.30pm and learn more about applying through UCAS and writing your personal statement.

December 2022

Join our live Q&A session on Instagram on 11 January 4.30-5.30pm and learn more about applying through UCAS and writing your personal statement.

UCAS main deadline on 25 January at 18:00 (UK time)

January 2023

If we’ve offered you a place, we’ll invite you to an offer holder event so you can find out more about your chosen course.

Student Finance England opens applications in February so make sure you check out the eligibility criteria and apply.

February-June 2023

Applications submitted by 25th January, will usually have a decision by the end of March.

March - April 2023

Decisions back from universities on 18 May from 25 January applications. You will need to reply to offers by 8 June.

You can make a late application by 30 June through UCAS. Applications submitted after this date will be entered into Clearing.

May-June 2023

Decisions back from universities on 12 July for applications submitted from 30 June 2023. You will need to reply to offers by 17 July.

Clearing opens 5 July – if you have not yet applied, did not get the results you expected, or if you’ve simply changed your mind, you can apply through Clearing.

July 2023

A-Level Results day on 17 August – sign into UCAS to track your application.

August 2023

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September 2023

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