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This page explains the application process, how to write your personal statement, how our entry requirements work and what happens you when you confirm your place at Essex. If you still have any questions after all this, not to worry, just get in touch and we can help!
See our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance for applicants for information about applying to Essex and starting your course.
Applications are now open for 2021 entry, applications can be made either via UCAS or our Direct Admissions form (if you are applying to other institutions as well, or already have a UCAS application, you cannot use our Direct Admissions form).
Applications through UCAS are made online via the UCAS Apply and Track Service, you will be charged a small fee for processing your application. Here you will be able to fill out your details, upload your personal statement, choose the universities you would like to apply for, and track your application status.
Please note, UCAS have extended the equal consideration deadline for all applicants to Friday 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time).
It’s important that you complete your application fully to give us all the information we need to make a decisions as quickly as possible. A few key things that we will need are:
The UCAS code for Essex is ESSEX E70. Our individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively. There is no campus code for Colchester – please leave this blank in your application.
Once we receive your application it is considered by our Admissions Team. When making a decision on your application, we take into account your whole application - including your qualifications, personal statement and reference.
If you applied through UCAS, your UCAS Track 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 you applied via our Direct Admissions form you will receive all the information you need from us if we make you an offer via your myEssex applicant portal. You will need to follow the instructions provided in your offer letter to accept your offer.
If you're based in the UK, some of our degrees require a compulsory interview before we make a decision on your application, you'll receive more information about this when you are invited to an interview.
If your offer is conditional and you go on to meet the conditions specified in the offer, we'll confirm your place if you have accepted us as your firm or insurance choice. 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 a Foundation option. Our decision is usually made within a few days, once we have received all the information we need, and you'll be notified by UCAS (if you applied through UCAS) and in your myEssex applicant portal.