Advice for Parents and Guardians
Applying to Bangor
All applications to Bangor are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). We consider each application on its merit – assessing each applicant’s potential to succeed on and benefit from the course. A good standard of literacy and numeracy is obviously important, and we also value good IT and communication skills.
As soon as the application form is received from UCAS, our Admssions Office at Bangor works closely with the relevant academic School to consider whether or not we can offer a place; such an offer is usually conditional on your son or daughter achieving certain grades in their forthcoming examinations.
The Admissions Office then notifies UCAS of the offer details. UCAS in turn will officially inform your son or daughter of our decision.
UCAS Visit Days for Applicants
If your son or daughter has been offered a place at Bangor, the academic School will usually get in contact informally with further information about Bangor and invitation to visit one of our UCAS Visit Days. Visit Days are held between December and April and parents and guardians are also welcome to attend. These give you an opportunity to meet staff and students, to have a tour of Bangor and the surrounding area and to see the various facilities and examples of the type of accommodation on offer.
If the dates offered are not convenient, then other opportunities to visit include the general University-wide Open Day (held on a Saturday in the autumn and summer). Alternatively, individual visits can be arranged, for example, during the school holidays.
What happens next?
After visiting, we hope that your son or daughter will accept our offer as his or her firm choice. If that offer is dependent on particular grades being achieved in the forthcoming exams, then the time surrounding the announcement of those exam results is obviously an important one (which is why many schools and universities advise you to make sure that your summer holidays don’t clash with exam results day).
If Bangor is your son or daughter’s firm choice and they have met the conditions of our offer by getting the required grades, then confirmation of their place at Bangor will be sent direct to them from UCAS a few days after results day. If he or she does not meet the conditions of our offer it is important that your son or daughter gets in touch with us so that we can discuss the situation with them. Depending on their results and the number of places available, we may still be able to consider your son or daughter for their initial choice. If this is the case they will be placed on a reserve list for our Admissions Tutors to consider as soon as possible. If they are not accepted onto their chosen course, your son or daughter may be offered a place on a different course at Bangor.
If Bangor is your son or daughter’s insurance choice we realize that they are holding another University’s offer as their firm choice. If he/she does not meet their conditions, but have met our conditions they will automatically be placed at Bangor as part of the UCAS Admissions Process and confirmation of his/her place will be sent to them direct from UCAS a few days after results day.
As soon as a student’s place at Bangor is confirmed, official confirmation of our decision will be sent to them from UCAS along with a registration pack. The pack will include a Welcome Week Diary and Registration handbook giving details on how and when to register; how and when to pay halls and tuition fees (if applicable); information on all the School academic and social activities during Welcome Week; and information on the Students’ Union Clubs and Societies Fairs.
Also included is a list of contact numbers, as well as information on support arrangements for new students. Along with this handbook are details of the Student Health Services and a GP Registration Form; a Money Advice booklet giving details of all sources of additional financial support available from the University and handy budgeting tips. A full programme of the Students’ Union social activities will either be sent separately, or given out to new students on arrival.
If they don’t meet the conditions of our offer
Your son or daughter’s place on a course at Bangor University is dependent on them meeting the conditions of our offer. If they don’t meet the exact conditions of our offer, please tell your son or daughter to contact the Admissions Helpline as soon as possible (see below) so that we can discuss the situation with them. The telephone lines are likely to be very busy, particularly on A-level results day, but please keep trying the Helpline number as we will have many lines and recruitment and admissions staff available. When calling the Helpline, your son or daughter should have their UCAS application number and exam results to hand.
Depending on their results and the number of places available, we may still be able to consider your son or daughter for their initial choice. If this is the case they will be placed on a reserve list for our Admissions Tutors to consider as soon as possible. If they are not accepted onto their chosen course, they may be offered a place on a different course at Bangor. This will appear on UCAS Track as a ‘changed course offer’, along with instructions on what needs to happen next.
August Results Helpline – 0800 0851818
A central Helpline service is operated for a week (including the weekend) after the publication of the A/AS level results.