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Introduction

The University of Bradford is committed to excellence in the delivery of its recruitment and admissions practices and procedures.

This policy applies to all applications for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered at the University of Bradford. It should be read in conjunction with the most up-to-date version of the University Regulations.  The policy sets out the principles and processes which are used to select and admit.

The University is committed to promoting equality of access and opportunity whilst also ensuring student success through the admission of students equipped to engage with their programme of study. The Admissions Policy has been developed to ensure applicants are not disadvantaged on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, nationality or socio-economic background.

The University is committed to ensuring that:

  • its selection policies and procedures are transparent; followed fairly, consistently and expeditiously;
  • information concerning applicants remains confidential between designated parties;
  • decisions are made by those capable and authorised to make the required judgements.

All decisions are made in line with entry requirements and all applicants are considered in terms of their eligibility to complete the programme successfully.

The University is committed to widening participation to higher education and aims to encourage and support a diverse student population.

The University’s Admissions Policy outlines the way in which the University adheres to these commitments, and to the expectations and indicators within Chapter B2: Recruitment, selection and admissions to higher education of the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality

Entry Criteria

Entry criteria are approved through the University’s quality assurance processes as described in the Quality Handbook.  They are publicised in the programme specification, prospectus, mini-guide, on the University website and on the UCAS website (for full-time undergraduate study).

The University presents entry criteria using UK terminology.  For applicants holding other qualifications such as EU and Overseas qualifications, the University will assess the equivalency of these qualifications in order to make a decision.

The University also welcomes applications from individuals who can demonstrate significant work or life experience and who do not meet the minimum published entry requirements for a programme of study.  Applications from these individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The applicant will be required to demonstrate evidence of their relevant prior learning, motivation, potential and ability to study their chosen programme. Advice and guidance can be provided by the Adult Learner Education Liaison Officer in the UK Recruitment and Outreach Team (needs contact details). The University will only offer a place to applicants where there is evidence to support the likelihood of successfully completing the programme.

The University welcomes applications from applicants with previous academic credit or relevant equivalent experience. For advanced entry requests it must be clear that the applicant has fulfilled some of the progression and assessment requirements of the course concerned. The decision to award prior credit will be taken in line with University regulations.   Applications will be assessed against the learning outcomes for those sections of the programme for which exemption is sought.  The procedures for this are set out in the Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning.

English Language Requirements

All applicants to the University whose first language is not English are required to show evidence of the level of their proficiency in the English language.  Full details of the tests which the University accepts are available on our website.

To support applicants who meet the academic entry criteria but need to improve their English Language skills,  the University offers a range of support for English Language through its Language Centre.  This includes pre-sessional English courses which help applicants to improve their English Language and study skills, as well as workshops, tutorials and online support to support studies post-enrolment.

Selection Process

Each application is considered on an individual basis against the entry criteria for each programme.

An applicant’s most recent academic performance will be taken into account when assessing their suitability for entry. This will include their performance on programmes where the applicant has discontinued studying before the full qualification is awarded and also where an applicant has been required to withdraw from a programme. Applicants will be assessed on their capability of completing their chosen programme.

Certain programmes offered by the University of Bradford require applicants to be interviewed prior to a decision on whether they are suitable for the programme, for example due to Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements (see Appendix B for a full list of programmes). Details about the interview process and the basis on which their performance will be assessed will be provided to each applicant.

Final decisions are made on the basis of official results provided by the applicant and/or educational provider.  Applicants are responsible for providing all information relating to the offer to study at the University of Bradford in sufficient time to allow arrangements to be made to join the programme. Where results or certificates have not been received by UCAS they must be provide an official certificate or be on official headed paper.

Important Information

The University is committed to ensuring that prospective students have access to all the information they require to make an informed decision about choosing to study at the University of Bradford.  A list of all relevant information is appended to this policy, and can also be found on our Important Information webpages.

The University makes information about the University, including its facilities and its policies and procedures, and about its programmes of study available to prospective applicants and applicants through its website, prospectus, programme guides, at Open Days and Applicant Experience Days and via other sources such as UCAS and Unistats.   The University makes every effort to ensure that this information is fair and accurate at the time of publication.  However, it is prepared well in advance of the academic session to which it applies and therefore this information is issued for the general guidance of students looking to study at the University of Bradford rather than being definitive.

The University will use its best endeavours not to make any changes to programmes, either before or after enrolment.  However, there are occasions where some changes may be necessary to assist and support the proper delivery of Educational Services.  The types of changes which might be made  to a programme include changes to title, content or location of delivery.  Changes would usually only be made where they are:

  • advantageous for students, for example where a change will enable the University to keep teaching up to date with the latest research developments;
  • for the maintenance of academic standards, for example where a change is required to maintain compliance with the Quality Code; or
  • required to secure good operation and legal or regulatory compliance, for example if a change is required to maintain or gain a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body accreditation.

The University will inform applicants of any changes at the earliest opportunity, explaining the reason for the change.  The University also maintains a register of changes. 

The University will also use its best endeavours to commit to running all the programmes which are advertised and for which offers have been made.  However, there are occasions when the University may need to discontinue or suspend a programme. For example, this may happen if the number of students who have applied for the programme is insufficient to be viable, if there is a change to the law, regulatory framework or Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirement which the University is unable to meet, or where academic approval has not been achieved.  Where this is the case, the University will inform applicants as soon as possible, explaining the reason for doing so, and will endeavour to offer applicants a suitable alternative programme.

Applicant Data

The University takes its obligation under the Data Protection Act 1998 seriously and handles information with due regard to this legislation.  The University collects and processes data from applicants and students for the following reasons:

  • in order to make admission decisions;
  • to improve the student experience;
  • to provide information and education to you;
  • for administration, health, safety, welfare and security reasons;
  • in the case of International Students requiring a Visa, to comply with our legal obligations to the UKVI;
  • award purposes.

The University is also required to disclose personal data to statutory bodies including, for example Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).

Communication with Applicants

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, the University will only communicate with the applicant to discuss any issues regarding their application.  The only exceptions to this are:

  1. For UCAS applicants, the University able to discuss applications with a nominated person on the applicant’s behalf, where the appropriate section of the UCAS form has been completed giving permission to do so.
  2. For other applicants, the University is able to discuss applications with a nominated person on the applicant’s behalf where the applicant has provided specific permission to do so in writing.
  3. If an applicant has applied via one of the University of Bradford’s approved overseas representatives.

Communication with applicants will be through the YourBradford  portal, via email, telephone, SMS or letter. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their contact details are kept up-to-date.

Applicants with Disabilities or Long Term Health Conditions

The University encourages applicants with a disability or a long term health condition to disclose the relevant information as early as possible in order to assess what support arrangements can be made. The University of Bradford endeavours to maintain an enabling environment, which is safe and conducive to teaching, learning and research, and the well-being of all. The University is committed to supporting students’ health, safety and wellbeing in relation to their academic progression and their wider university experience.

Applicants who disclose a disability or a long-term health condition are assessed using the standard entry criteria. All applicants will have access to the University’s Disability Services to arrange any support they may require. Where required, individually tailored support can be arranged for Open Days, Applicant Experience Days and interviews.   

The University endeavours to make all reasonable adjustments necessary to support applicants with a disability to undertake their chosen programme of study.  In exceptional circumstances it may not be possible for an individual to undertake a particular programme due to a disability.  Where this is the case the University will support the applicant to identify an alternative programme.

Occupational Health Screening

Applications to some programmes are assessed for their ability to successfully complete the programme and as such are required to complete a satisfactory health screening (see Appendix C for a list of courses for which this applies).

Exceptional Circumstances

The University understands that some applicants may have experienced exceptional events that have impacted negatively on their studies resulting in qualifications not being completed to the standard normally required by the University.  These exceptional circumstances may have had a serious and demonstrable impact on the applicant’s ability to complete particular qualifications or achieve the grades in which they are academically capable. The University will assess any submission of exceptional circumstances on an individual basis and would normally expect a letter or reference to be provided from a teacher, medical practitioner or other relevant profession outlining the circumstances. The mitigating circumstances may be taken in to account as part of the final decision making process, however it must be evident that the applicant is capable of completing their chosen programme and the University’s decision in these cases remain final.

Criminal Convictions

The University of Bradford is compliant with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and as such having a criminal conviction should not deter potential applicants. All applicants are required to disclose any unspent criminal convictions when applying to the University. The responsibility to declare any convictions lies solely with the applicant.

Consideration of convictions takes place only after the application has been considered against the entry criteria. In reaching decisions on those with criminal convictions, the University will consider not only its responsibilities and duties to all staff and students but also the safety and well-being of the individual and its ability to provide any appropriate support arrangements.  The University will consider whether any criminal conviction disclosed by an applicant gives reasonable grounds for considering that the admission of the applicant: (a) poses a real threat to the safety or property of staff, students, visitors, those coming into contact with the applicant during their studies or others involved in University business; or (b) would be contrary to the law or to the requirements of any relevant professional or other regulatory body.

Certain programmes offered, mainly allied with the healthcare profession, require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to admittance to the University (see Appendix D for a list of courses for which this applies).

Applicants who do not declare a criminal conviction and are admitted without the required investigation may have their enrolment rescinded in accordance with the Student Disciplinary procedure (Regulation 28) and the Fitness to Practice policy.

Fraud

The University takes the submission of fraudulent applications or fraudulent qualifications very seriously. Should an applicant falsely declare their qualifications or any other information as part of their application when they apply, including the omission of information relating to any previous qualifications studied (whether or not these were completed) the University reserves the right to cancel or withdraw any offer made on the basis of the fraudulent information provided. If a student has enrolled before this false declaration is discovered the University reserves the right to take action in line with University disciplinary procedures (Regulation 28).

Admission of Minors

Applications to all courses will be assessed using the standard entry criteria for each course, irrespective of the applicant’s age on entry. Applicants who will be under 18 at the point of enrolment should be aware that they are applying to study in an adult environment. Admission of applicants who will be under 18 at the point of enrolment will need to comply with the Interim Policy for University Staff, Students and Visitors Under the Age of 18. (See Appendix A.)

Applications from applicants who will be aged under 16 at the point of enrolment will be considered on a case by case basis to ensure that appropriate support can be provided.  The University is unable to issue a CAS for any applicant requiring a Tier 4 Visa who is aged under 16 as it does not hold a Child Sponsor Licence. 

Fee Status Assessment

The University will use information on nationality, country of birth and country of domicile provided on the application form to assess whether the applicant will pay Home, Islands or Overseas tuition fees. If the information provided by the applicant is unclear or the University requires further information for a decision to be made a fee assessment form will be sent to the applicant via email or the applicant will be asked to complete the fee assessment task on the Applicant Portal. All fee status classification decisions will be made in line with the United Kingdom Council of International Student Affairs (UKCISA) guidance.

Deferred Entry

The University welcomes applications for deferred entry.    Applicants wishing to defer their entry  are asked to make a written request to the Admissions Team (add contact details).  The normal maximum length of deferral which will be considered will be one year.  In considering requests for deferral, the University will take into account any required changes in entry criteria, and intentions regarding the future operation of programmes.  Requests may be turned down if an applicant is unable to meet revised entry criteria or if the University does not intend to deliver a programme in a subsequent academic year.

Any applicants who have applied via the UCAS system must meet all conditions of their offer by 31st August in the year in which they have applied to the University, in accordance with UCAS regulations. If the applicant is unable to meet all conditions they will be required to make a new application in the following admissions year and their application will be considered against the admissions criteria for the new admissions year.

Feedback

The University will provide feedback on request to applicants who did not successfully obtain an offer for a place on their preferred programme. All feedback requests should be made in writing to admissions@bradford.ac.uk within 4 weeks of decision being received. Feedback will be sent to applicants in writing within two weeks of the request being received. Applicants are encouraged to request feedback at the earliest opportunity as it may help in future application.

Appeals and Complaints

The University is committed to delivering a high quality, fair admissions process.  In the unlikely event that an applicant is dissatisfied with their experience of the admissions process they are able to submit an appeal or a complaint. 

An appeal is a request for a reconsideration of an admissions decision and can be used where the applicant believes that the decision reached in relation to their application is not correct, where the applicant believes the offered stage of study is not correct, and/or where the applicant believes that the application has not been considered in line with this policy.

A complaint may be made if an applicant believes they have legitimate grounds to be dissatisfied with the process followed during the admissions process. 

In the event that an applicant submits both an appeal and a complaint, the applicant’s appeal will be first addressed, as satisfactory resolution at this stage can often remove the need for a complaint to be made. On conclusion of the appeals process the applicant will be asked if they still wish to make a complaint.

Full details of the processes for appeals and complaints are set out in the Regulations Governing Appeals and Complaints by Applicants and questions about the process can be addressed to complaintsandappeals@bradford.ac.uk.

Originator: Admissions

Date of Approval: July 2015

Date of Review: April 2016

Appendix A - Important Information

The University is committed to ensuring that applicants have access to all the information needed to make an informed decision about choosing to study at the University of Bradford.  Our Important Information webpage sets out the policies, rules and regulations, and requirements which applicants may wish to refer to in making this decision.

Appendix B: Programmes for which interviews form part of the selection process

  • BA Social Work (3 year)
  • BSc Clinical Sciences (3 year)
  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography (3 year)
  • BSc Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)
  • BSc Midwifery Studies (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Child (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Adult (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Mental Health (3 year)
  • BSc Occupational Therapy (3 year)
  • BSc Physiotherapy (3 year)
  • Foundation Course in Clinical Science/Medicine
  • MA Social Work (2 year)
  • MBA
  • MPharm Pharmacy (4 year)
  • MPharm Pharmacy (5 year)

Appendix C: Programmes for which Occupational Health Screening is required

  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography (3 year)
  • BSc Midwifery Studies (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Child (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Adult (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Mental Health (3 year)
  • BSc Occupational Therapy (3 year)
  • BSc Physiotherapy (3 year)
  • BSc Sport Rehabilitation (3 year)

Appendix D: Programmes for which Disclosure and Barring Service checks are required

  • BA Social Work (3 year)
  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography (3 year)
  • BSc Health, Wellbeing and Social Care (3 year)
  • BSc Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)
  • BSc Midwifery Studies (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Child (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Adult (3 year)
  • BSc Nursing Mental Health (3 year)
  • BSc Occupational Therapy (3 year)
  • BSc Optometry (3 year)
  • BSc Physiotherapy (3 year)
  • BSc Sport Rehabilitation (3 year)
  • MA Social Work (2 year)
  • MPharm Pharmacy (4 year)
  • MPharm Pharmacy (5 year)