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Helping your child apply to

We understand applying to university can be challenging for children and their parents, carers or guardians. On this page, you’ll find information and advice on how to help your child choose their university and course and make an application.

Choosing a university

It’s important to find a university where your child feels at home. Attending an Open Day s the best way to experience a university for yourself and get a better understanding of its location and atmosphere.

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Things to consider:

  • Location: Would your child like to be close to home or live further away? 's north London location is close to public transport links and offers many opportunities for your child to build their professional network, gain work experience at global organisations and meeting up with friends and family.
  • Campus: Would your child prefer having all their facilities in one place or spread out across a city? is a campus university with all the facilities and equipment your child needs to become an expert in their subject conveniently located in one place.
  • Atmosphere: What is your and your child’s experience of the university’s community? Our student community at is friendly and diverse, with students from over 75 nationalities.
  • Reputation: What is the university’s national and global reputation? is a top 2 university in the UK (THE Young University). 93% of our students are in work or further study after they leave (Graduate Outcome 2022) and we are a top 20 university business leaders in the UK (Business Money 2023).

Our campus is leafy, sustainable and safe, with unique spaces for study and socialising.

Choosing a university course

Your child can apply for up to 5 courses, so start researching as early as possible to help narrow them down. Help them to prioritise what's important.

Things to consider:

  • Employability: What courses will help your child achieve their career goals? At , our career-focused courses have helped students gain internships, placements and full-time jobs at large international organisations including Deloitte, PwC, Google, Amazon, Disney, Nike, Barclays and Apple.
  • Facilities: What facilities can support your child’s learning and personal development? has invested £200m in world-class learning facilities, including our brand new £23m Health, Sport and Science Facility in partnership with Saracens Rugby Club and £80 million for our arts and creative learning and research centre.
  • Interests: Does the course content and structure fit your child’s interests? At , we offer a wide range of courses, including courses with opportunities to study, travel and work abroad.
  • Flexibility: Is your child interested in part-time and online study? Students at can study courses part-time and receive access to free laptop loans, specialist software and online learning resources to help them study off campus.

Download our undergraduate prospectus to learn more about how can help your child boost their employability and develop the skills and knowledge they need to get the future they want.

How university will help your child’s career

As a university graduate, your child will have brighter career prospects and greater earning potential.

At , our career-focused courses give students the practical skills and confidence needed to stand out in the workplace. 93% of our students are in work or further study after they leave (Graduate Outcome 2022) and we are a top 20 university business leaders in the UK (Business Money 2023).

Paying for university: Student Finance

How to pay for uni

At , we try to make studying affordable for as many people as possible through our cost of living fund and scholarships and awards, including our Excellence Scholarship worth £2000 per year.

Ask our Student Welfare team about what help might be available for your child or visit our student finance page to find out more about how we can help your child with the cost of university.


Another important decision for your child to make is if they want to live at home, stay in university halls of residence, or rented accommodation. At , we have student halls close to our campus in Hendon and in north west London. Your child can also search for private accommodation using to find local rooms, flats, and houses for rent.

Two students sitting at the table talking in the shared accommodation kitchen

  • How to apply

Applying through UCAS

Your child will need to apply for all their chosen undergraduate courses through UCAS (the University and Colleges Admissions Service). To help your child apply to university, it's important to understand how the UCAS application process works.

Find out more about the application process here

To help your son or daughter apply to university, it's important to understand how the UCAS application process works. Head to  for their fantastic range of how-to guides for both parent and child.

Once they’ve applied, they can track their applications online, and respond to offers they get.

When to apply

  • 15 October - apply for Oxford and Cambridge universities and all medicine and dentistry courses elsewhere
  • 25 January - first deadline for all other applications. If your child applies by this date then they will receive a decision by the beginning of May.

At we also consider applications made after January. So if you miss the first deadline it’s worth getting in touch to find out your child’s options

Understanding and responding to offers

A conditional offer means your child needs to achieve certain exam grades.

An unconditional offer means your child has met all entry requirements. Some courses might also ask for an interview, portfolio or audition.

Making a firm or insurance choice

If your child applies in January then they should choose their first choice or firm option and their back-up or insurance option in beginning to mid-May. Then they will decline all other offers.

It's a good idea to make an insurance choice that has lower entry requirements or conditions than their firm choice. Your child can also defer their entry to university for a year.

Applying to ?

Talk to our team:

Data protection means that we may not always be able to discuss the details of your child's application with you.

  • Results and clearing

    • What is Clearing and how to apply

      Clearing is an alternative way for your child to find a place at university if they don't have one after they get their exam results. They can apply through Clearing if:

      • They haven’t received or accepted any offers
      • They didn’t achieve the grades for their firm and insurance offers
      • They haven’t submitted a UCAS application
      • They want to transfer from another university or college.

      See our guide to what you need to know about Clearing. Your child should start by looking at the then call us on 0208 411 6565.

      Clearing at

    • How you can help your child prepare

      For data protection purposes, we must speak directly to students when they are making an application. That means you can’t talk to us on your child's behalf. There are other useful things you can do to help. Before they can make sure they have the following:

      • UCAS ID number (if they are already in the UCAS system for this cycle)
      • Exam results or qualifications
      • Course they are interested in
      • An email address for confirmation if they are offered a place
  • Enrolment at

    • When will my child start at university?
      • Most students' first week is Welcome Week (Mid-September 2023)
      • International students start with an Orientation Week (Mid-September 2023).

      Welcome Week and Orientation Week help your child to settle in, meet new people and get to know their course and our support services to prepare them for their first term.

    • How can I support my child at ?

      It’s great to hear your child has chosen London! For all our advice, tips and info, and to find out what happens in the first weeks of university, visit our page for parents and carers of MDX students.

    • How can I support my child with their university application?

      Our applications team  are on hand to help children and their parents, guardians and carers understand the admissions process and make an application. Check out our range of helpful resources with information and advice on making an application with information and advice on making an application.

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