FAQs

I’ve been out of education for a long time – can I still apply?

Of course. We pride ourselves on offering an opportunity to those with the ‘potential to succeed’, therefore if you have relevant work, voluntary or other experience, we’d love to hear from you!

I’ve been made an offer – can I defer my entry?

If you would like to defer your application to a future intake, we would be happy to discuss this with you.

My qualifications are not on the UCAS Tariff – is this a problem?

We understand that not all qualifications are on the UCAS tariff. We use a range of tools, including UK ENIC, to assess a range of qualifications. If you’re not sure whether your qualification would meet our entry criteria, please get in touch!

Can I transfer from another Higher Education Provider to Bloomsbury Institute?

We are delighted to consider students who want to transfer to us, providing you meet our criteria below.

Typical transfer criteria:

  • You meet our academic requirements for the course
  • If appropriate we will review any prior study or experience.  You may need to provide a transcript of your progress from your current Higher Education Provider
  • There is space on the course

If we cannot offer you a place in your chosen year of study, we may still be able to offer you a place in an earlier year of the course, or for the next academic year.

Please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@bil.ac.uk or on 020 7078 8844 to discuss your options.

Is there a closing date for UCAS applications?

Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on 15 January; however, we will consider late applications, subject to course availability.

What happens at an admissions interview?

Your interview will be carried out by one of the academics who teaches on your chosen course. They will ask you about yourself, what you know about the course, your motivation for studying and your plans for when you have completed your studies. There are no tricky questions, so just be yourself and use the opportunity to ask us questions too!

I wanted to attend an open day. Are these events still running, given coronavirus restrictions?

Our face-to-face events aren’t currently taking place as planned due to coronavirus. However, Bloomsbury Institute remains committed to providing opportunities for you to discover what it is like to study here as an undergraduate. We are holding one-to-one appointments and campus tours – click here to find out more.

Meanwhile, you can get a feel for studying at Bloomsbury Institute by heading to our Student Life page.

For further information, contact our Student Recruitment team by emailing hello@bil.ac.uk or by telephoning 020 7078 8844 [International: +44 20 7078 8844].

I can’t upload my supporting documents – what should I do?

Once you apply, you will be able to log into the Self-Service Centre (SSC) account to see the progress of your application. Under Application > Summary, there is a column to upload documents.

If you aren’t able to upload your documents (i.e. unsupported format), do not hesitate to get in touch with our Admissions team on admissions@bil.ac.uk  or 020 7078 8790 [International: +44 20 7078 8790].

Can I still apply if I do not know my grades yet?

Absolutely. We encourage you to still apply and we may be able to make you a conditional offer until your grades are received.

If your actual grades turn out to be lower than you need for our entry requirements, don’t panic! Our Admissions team will be in touch to discuss your options.

How will my application be assessed?

At Bloomsbury Institute, we are proud to provide access to the most diverse group of students in the sector. We attract learners that have the potential, attitude and aspiration to succeed. We welcome and support everyone who has these qualities.

All information on how we assess applications, our admissions procedures of admissions and the responsibilities of those involved is available in our Admissions Policy.

How do Foundation Years work?

Our degrees with an integrated foundation year are ideal for applicants who have only studied up to the GCSE level, or have no formal qualifications.

The foundation year is the first year of your four-year degree. It gets you back into learning, builds your confidence and prepares you for studying at the degree level.

During the foundation year, we equip the students with the skills and knowledge required for undergraduate study. In addition to modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues, and cultural fluency, you will receive an introduction to the academic disciplines taught at Bloomsbury Institute.

I’m not happy with the outcome of my application. What can I do?

If you aren’t satisfied with the way that your application has been handled, please visit our Admissions Feedback, Complaints and Appeals page for information on how to obtain feedback, or make a complaint.

I have been invited to sit a psychometric test. What is it, and how do I prepare?

We are trialing the use of psychometric testing during the assessment process before the interview stage. Psychometric tests can measure interests, personality, and aptitude:

  • Interest tests measure how people differ in their motivation, values, and opinions with their interests
  • Personality test measure how people differ in their style or manner of doing things and how they interact with their environment and other people
  • Aptitude test measure how people differ in their ability to perform or carry out different tasks.

Our pilot scheme is conducted on an ‘opt in’ basis. Applicants will be given detailed information about the test process and its purpose together with a copy of our Psychometric Testing Policy.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application?

Once you’ve submitted your application and supporting documents, we’ll send you an email confirming its successful submission. You can track the progress of your submitted application via the Self-service Centre (SSC). Any updates on your application will also be sent to you by email.

I didn’t secure a place on my chosen course – what are my options?

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, then we may consider you as a Non-Standard Applicant. Our Admissions team will be on hand to discuss your options with you.

For entry onto a 4-year undergraduate degree which incorporates a Level 0 Foundation Year, a Non-Standard Applicant must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) Secondary School, or equivalent, at least 2 years prior to the start of the course.

I have a criminal conviction – can I still apply?

Of course. In line with our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we fully support the rehabilitation of offenders and are proud supporters of Unlock.