Deferring means applying for a course and then taking a year out before coming to university. For example applying in autumn 2021 to start university in September 2023.
Deferring when submitting your application
Tick the deferred entry box on your UCAS form. In your personal statement, tell us your reasons for deferring and your plans for your year out. We will take these into account when assessing your application. Usually, you can only apply to defer entry by one year.
Deferring after submitting your application
You can request a change to your application before or after submitting your application to us. Log in to your applicant dashboard and click the 'Request a change to your application' tile. Your request will be sent to the Admissions team to review.
Deferring after we have confirmed your place
If you are due to start this September but decide after your exam results that you want to defer your place, you must contact us.
- If you applied in the current application cycle during 2020/21, you can request a deferral via your applicant dashboard.
- If you applied in a previous application cycle, please contact our Enquiries Team.
Once you have deferred your place you may not be able to revert back to your original year of entry. Please be sure of your decision before contacting us. Only one deferral is allowed.
If you do decide to defer, you will be eligible for 2022 course fees. You can find fee information on the relevant course page.
Do not complete online registration if you want to defer. Online registration is the first part of the registration process for new students. If you decide to defer after you have completed online registration, please contact your faculty.
If you already have a deferred place
We will contact you in August, the year before you are due to start, to confirm your place. We will contact you again in the following April to let you know what you need to do before you arrive.
If you are planning to spend time away, make sure you continue to check your emails. We will be contacting you with important deadlines, such as applying for accommodation.
If you have been using a school email address, please make sure you update your details in UCAS Track and provide a current email address after you leave school.
Declining a deferred place
If you no longer want to take up your deferred place, please contact our Enquiries Team.