Applicant visit days are an important part of the application process for university. You can only come if you’ve been invited. That makes them exclusive, for you. They are your chance to suss us out and to make sure you’re making the right choice for your future. Dan Hughes, Corporate Events Officer, organises our applicant visits days and shares his advice of what you can expect from the day.

  1. It’s your chance to get to know us better.
    Choosing a university is a really big deal. You have to make sure you like us and that you’ll feel comfortable here. Let’s face it though, who wouldn’t?!
  2. Meet current students.
    Get the true picture from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Our current students will be on hand to give you their honest opinions of the University. You’ll love what they have to say.
  3. Possibly have an interview.*
    Some of our courses require you to attend an interview or do an audition before you can be offered a place. This may happen as part of the applicant visit day (AVD).
  4. Have a tailored campus tour.
    Missed an important point at the open day? That won’t happen at an AVD. With much smaller groups of people, all with the same group of courses in mind, we can really show you the highlights you are interested in, including accommodation if you’re leaving home to join us.
  5. One-to-one chats with academic staff.
    Do you want to meet the people who could transform your life over the next few years? That’s exactly what we offer at an AVD. You’ll have the chance to quiz our teaching staff personally about the course, previous students’ success, job prospects and more. Go on, grill them!
  6. Discover more about life at BCU.
    Pick up all the leaflets, explore the buildings, have lunch at one of the cafés or even head off to the bar – well your guest does need a rest! This is a great opportunity to find out what else is on offer at BCU. It’s not all about study you know. Shhh, don’t tell the academics we said that!
  7. Have a look round our great city.
    What can we say? We love the place. Don’t take our word for it, have a mooch round. With shops, food, culture and entertainment galore take some time to explore where you could be living.
  8. Speak to our finance experts.
    So there are costs involved in going to university. That’s a given, but we promise it’s worth it! Our finance team will be at your AVD to answer any questions you may have about funding, scholarships (yes, we have those too), fees, budgeting and anything else you want to ask on all money-related topics.
  9. Get answers to all your nagging questions.
    No matter how silly you think your question is, it’s almost certainly been asked before. That’s why we have ASK, our one stop shop information hub and advice portal. They can tell you ANYTHING. True.
  10. Take part in a mock tutorial.*
    As part of the AVD some of our courses will invite you to take part in some fun learning activities designed to simulate what it’s like to be in one of our seminars – small group discussions on a set topic which form part of the learning process. This is a superb chance to be in a higher education learning environment and see what university is really like!

*Does not apply to all courses – check online for individual course details.

There’s more information about applicant visit days on our website.