The Application Process
All applications to Bangor are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). We consider each application on its own merit - assessing each applicant's potential to succeed on and benefit from the course.
As soon as the application form is received from UCAS, our Admissions 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 exams.
The Admissions Office then notifies UCAS of the offer details. UCAS in turn will officially inform your son or daughter of our decision.
Some Schools (e.g. History, Education, Nursing) invite applicants to an interview.
If your son or daughter has been offered a place at Bangor, the academic School will usually get in contact with further information about Bangor and an invitation to visit on one of our UCAS Visit Days (also known as Open Days for UCAS applicants) held between December and April, at which parents and guardians are also welcome.
These give you an opportunity to meet staff and students, visit Bangor and see the various facilities and an example of our most popular accommodation. If the dates offered are not convenient, then other opportunities to visit include the general University Open Day (held on a Saturday in the autumn and summer). Alternatively, individual visits can be arranged, for example, during the school holidays.
During your visit to Bangor, depending on where you live, you might even want to combine a visit to the University with an overnight stay or break in the area. The Management Centre located close to the main University buildings on College Road, is graded as Visit Wales 4 star Guest Accommodation and offers 57 en-suite guest bedrooms that have achieved the Visit Wales Business Class Gold Standard.
We can also provide details of other hotels and guesthouses that are near to the University (further information is also available from the Tourist Information Centre in Bangor). At certain times of the year, overnight accommodation (on a bed-and-breakfast basis) may also be available on the University’s main accommodation site.
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, 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 the firm choice
If Bangor is your son or daughter’s first 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 directly to them from UCAS.
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 the insurance choice
If Bangor is your son or daughter’s insurance choice we realize that they are holding another University’s offer as their first 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.
What happens once your son/daughter's place is confirmed
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; information on all the School academic and social activities during Welcome Week; and information on the Students’ Union Clubs and Societies.
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.