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Please note we no longer have places available for 2021 entry and are not open through Clearing or Adjustment. If you're interested in applying for 2022 entry then we have more information about applying to us below.

If you want to be challenged and inspired to achieve the extraordinary then we’d love to hear from you. 

Most applicants apply to us using UCAS, however where applicants and their schools are not using UCAS at all, but are using Common App we will accept applications through this route instead. 

Applying through UCAS

If you’re applying to us through UCAS, use our handy guide below to help you. 

1. Deadlines

For the best chance of receiving an offer, you’ll need to apply by 18:00 (GMT) on 26 January 2022. If you’re applying for Oxbridge, or Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, then the application deadline is 15 October.  Your school or college may have their own deadline for you to apply so they have enough time to write your reference, so you’ll need to bear this in mind. 

2. Register 

Register with UCAS.  If you’re applying through school or college then you’ll need a buzzword, so make sure you know what this is.  If you’re not applying through a school or college then you won’t need a buzzword.  When you register you’ll be given a username, will need to create your own password, and will be given a UCAS personal ID.  Make sure you keep these safe as you will need them a lot. 

3. Start your application

You can usually start your application from September for entry to university the following year.  The online system lets you complete your application in stages – simply save as you go along and you can return to it later. 

The application is made up of different sections, including your personal details, qualifications, course choices, a personal statement and a reference. 

UCAS have some great guides to help you complete your application on their website  

You can choose up to five courses.  Use the institution code D86 for Durham. 

4. Colleges 

You can also let us know what your college preference is on your UCAS application.  If you want to do this then use the appropriate campus code from the list below.  If you don’t have a preference for a particular college then use the campus code O. 

College Campus Code 
Collingwood  
Grey  
Hatfield  
John Snow 
Josephine Butler  
South College  
St Aidan’s  
St Chad’s  
St Cuthbert’s Society 4
Stephenson 8
St Hild & St Bede 5
St John’s J
St Mary’s M
Trevelyan T
University U
Van Mildert V

5. What happens next 

Once you’ve submitted your application to UCAS they will let you know they have received it and will send it to all of your university choices. Selection processes vary between universities and courses so don’t worry if you don’t hear from your choices straight away. When the universities you have applied to are ready to make their decisions, you’ll be able to see them on at UCAS.  

You can find out more about the selection process at Durham here

Applying through Common App

1. We welcome applications through Common App as an alternative route for applicants who are unable to use UCAS. Please note if you are using UCAS for any university or college application, we are unable to consider your Common App application, and you would need Durham to be one of your five choices with UCAS.

2. As part of your Durham application you’ll need to submit a personal statement. We’ll consider this rather than your Common App essay questions.

3. You can submit your college preference through one of our Durham specific questions in Common App.

4. After submitting your application, you can send evidence of your qualifications (e.g. College Board reports, academic transcripts) directly to Durham by emailing documents.educators@durham.ac.uk

Hints and Tips

1. It’s never too early to start thinking about the course you want to study.  Do your online research and take advantage of Open Days, Campus Tours (virtual options available) and talking to current students to find out as much as you can about your subject and the universities you’re interested in. You only have a maximum of 5 choices on your UCAS form, so it’s important you take advantage of all the resources available to choose the right courses and universities for you.  

2. Give yourself enough time to complete your application before the deadline – don’t leave it until the last minute! You need to give yourself the best chance of getting an offer, so plan in enough time so you don’t need to rush. 

3. Double check each section before you submit your application. It’s especially important that factual information is correct, especially the grades you achieved in your qualifications. 

4. If you’re using a school email address then don’t forget to change this to a personal one before you leave.  Most universities send you information by email and don’t want you to miss important messages they might send during the summer months. 

5. Don’t forget, UCAS have lots of helpful hints and tips, including a video guide. Or you could Ask one of our friendly advisers, who are always happy to help.

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