Application Information

How to Apply

Application for all full-time undergraduate course is made through UCAS by clicking on the APPLY NOW button on the relevant course page. Application for postgraduate courses and the BA Early Childhood Studies (part-time) are made directly to Stranmillis University College. Please visit the relevant course page for information.

When to Apply

Applications made through UCAS for 2022 entry open in September 2021  The closing date for receipt of applications made through UCAS is 26 January 2022. The closing date for receipt of application forms to the BA Early Childhood Studies (part-time) is 1 March 2022. The closing date for receipt of applications for the PGCE (Early Years) is 1 February 2022.

Entrance Requirements

For specific entry requirements and the admissions process to individual courses, please check the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS page on each course.

Alternative Qualifications

The following qualifications (at approved standards) may be used as alternatives for GCE A-Level examinations, for example:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • HNC or HND
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Qualifications Certificate
  • Access Diploma

Enhanced AccessNI Check

It is a requirement that applicants who are accepted onto all undergraduate degrees and the PGCE Early Years programme at Stranmillis undergo an Enhanced AccessNI Check. This is administered by the University College and carried out by AccessNI. Please note that for full-time BA Early Childhood Studies students this check is carried out at the beginning of first and third years.

The University College acknowledges the key role of education in the rehabilitative process, and a criminal record will not debar an applicant unless the nature and seriousness of the offence in question are incompatible with:

  1. the course applied for
  2. the ultimate professional or vocational goal; or
  3. participation in an academic and social setting and the University’s responsibility to ensure a safe and neutral environment.

Deferred Entry

The University College does not accept applications from students who wish to defer.


For specific entry requirements and the admissions process to individual courses, please check the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS page on each course.

Mature Students

Stranmillis welcomes applications from mature students who have interrupted their studies for several years or did not have the opportunity to enter higher education. We require evidence of recent academic study. The qualifications most frequently offered by such candidates are Access courses, A-levels, Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Open University credits.

Disability, Medical Condition or Special Need

Stranmillis encourages applications from students with disabilities and endeavours to make sure that individual requirements are met. Deciding to disclose a disability can be a difficult choice for students applying to University. While we accept this to be a personal decision, we strongly recommend that applicants inform us in order that individual requirements can be addressed so that appropriate support is made available from the commencement of the course. Please be assured that disclosure of disability information or support requirements will not adversely influence any application or indeed the application process. The information you provide will be treated as sensitive and kept strictly confidential. It will only be used to plan for your individual support requirements ensuring that your transition to Stranmillis is as smooth as possible. If you need any guidance about disclosing disability, or the arrangements which we can make, please contact: Student Support and Wellbeing on (028) 9038 4510 or email:

Medical Fitness

All candidates who have accepted a firm offer of a place on any course must complete and return a Declaration of Health. In the light of the replies given, the University College Medical Officer will classify the candidate as fit, or seek specialist advice before classifying a candidate as either fit or unfit.

Further Information

Stranmillis University College is concerned at all times to evaluate its courses in the light of statutory obligation, accreditation requirements and responses from staff, students and teachers – and to make improvements where they are considered to be appropriate. Changes to programmes, modules, and services may be necessary; for example, to meet the requirements of an accrediting body or to keep courses current as a result of research and development. Changes to programmes may also be necessary due to circumstances outside the reasonable control of the University College, such as a key member of staff leaving the University College or being unable to teach or where there are too few students for a module(s) to be viable and to ensure the student experience the University College aims to provide. If changes to your programme are made after you have accepted your offer, the University College will notify you of such changes and will aim to minimise any disruption to you by offering suitable alternative arrangements or by helping you to find an alternative module(s).

Terms and Conditions

When you are offered a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course delivered at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University College and students on our taught programmes of study. When you accept an offer of a place on a programme at the University College, a contract is formed between you and the University College on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter.

Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. On the day you accept an offer from the University College the contract will be formed and a 14-day cooling-off period will begin. Our Terms and Conditions are available to download below.

Stranmillis University Terms and Conditions



Student Satisfaction

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Work-based placements

100% of our undergraduate students undertake an extensive programme of work-based placements.



Our graduates are highly sought after, with 97% in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation.


study abroad

A third of our students take up the opportunity to spend time studying abroad.


Academic staff

71% of our academic teaching staff are qualified to doctoral level.


Student success

We are proud to have a 95% student success rate.


Academic standards

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Network of partners

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