Why go to university?
- Dive into studying something you're truly passionate about.
- Gain invaluable experience by putting theory into practice, build on key, in-demand skills and make yourself more appealing to employers in the area you're interested in.
- Find your new home – you could be living away from home for the first time, based in a new city with new friends. There are so many opportunities to socialise, make life-long memories and reinvent yourself.
- Progress onto your chosen career path - if you have a particular career/job in mind such as becoming a nurse or lawyer, respectively you will need a specific degree in Nursing or Law.
- Enjoy unique opportunities such as travelling abroad to deepen the knowledge of your discipline with DMU Global, and get access to award-winning careers advice through DMU Works.
Find out about all the courses on offer on the UCAS website, and view the full list of courses offered at DMU.
Choosing the right university for you
Everyone will have a different idea of what their ideal university offers. Watch our advisers run through key things to think about when choosing the right university for you:
When you research universities, here are some key questions worth asking yourself:
- Which courses am I interested in, and which universities offer these courses?
- Do I need an accredited course for my chosen career path?
- Can I gain work experience on the course?
- What extra-curricular opportunities do I want, such as trips abroad, or a placement year?
- Where do I want to study? Close to home, far away, or in a certain location?
- Do I like the city? How much does it cost to live there?
- Does the city offer the things that are important to me - like transport links, music or comedy scenes?
- What is the student lifestyle like? What have other students said about the university?
University is your new beginning. Choosing the right one for you is an important decision and visiting us at an Open Day is the best way to find out what we have to offer. You can speak with our supportive community of academics and current students about their experiences, explore our award-winning campus, see our accommodation options that are all within walking distance, and visit the multicultural and vibrant student city of Leicester. Check out our Open Day homepage for more information about what you’ll be able to do on the day and book your place.
How to approach your personal statement
Your personal statement is your chance to sell yourself, and prove that you deserve a place on that course!
In it, you should talk about your choice of course, your skills and achievements and your wider interests. Include things like sports teams, hobbies and jobs. You can think outside of the box too – tell them about a trip you've taken or why you took apart and rebuilt your PC last weekend. It doesn't need to be strictly academic to be relevant to your course application.
Here are some tips about writing your personal statement from UCAS expert Jamie.
If you are applying through your college, you might have an internal deadline to submit your personal statement (usually before Christmas). This is so the college can write and attach a reference and your predicted grades to your application ahead of the 15 January UCAS deadline.
If you’re unsure of something, don’t be afraid to get in touch. There are no silly questions and we’re here to help you at each step of your journey! You can call, email, message us on WhatsApp or on social media.
What happens after you’ve submitted your university application?
After you’ve narrowed down your university choices and sent off your application, this is what you can expect to happen next. For international applicants the process is a little bit different. If you are an international applicant, read about what to do next after you’ve made an application to DMU.
For UK applicants:
- Your application will be reviewed - universities will receive and consider your application and make you an offer, based on your predicted grades and personal statement.
- You might have an interview, audition or make a portfolio - as part of the application process, some courses or universities may invite you to an interview, audition or request a portfolio before you are made an offer at the university - this will be updated and reflected in your UCAS track.
- Check your offer status - once your application has been reviewed, you may receive an offer from your university choice. This can be one of the following:
- Conditional offer – you will be accepted on the course, provided you meet the entry criteria.
- Unconditional offer – your offer may be unconditional if you’ve already met the requirements or your predicted grades exceed the entry criteria. An unconditional offer means that you’re guaranteed a space with your university if you make them your firm choice.
- Alternative course – based on your qualifications or personal statement, the university think you’re a better fit for a different, but similar course.
- Unsuccessful – the university has withdrawn your application choice as you do not meet the entry criteria. The reason for this will be shown in your UCAS Track or university application.
- Student finance - once your application is submitted you may want to start thinking about student finance, as applications open around February or March. Getting your student finance sorted as early as possible gives you enough time to submit all the required documentation and deal with any potential issues surrounding it, as well as guaranteeing you receive your money as soon as you enrol.