As far as possible, the University of Westminster will admit students to its courses on the basis that there is a reasonable expectation that the applicant will be able to complete the course.

There are applicants for whom it will not be possible to offer a place and this Code of Practice aims to give a framework for prospective student and staff to show when this might occur.

There are key points in the admissions cycle when an applicant may be rejected from a course:

Initial application

At the initial review of an application, a rejection decision may be recorded for a student. These applicants will be given a reason for the rejection. These cover a wide number of reasons and include

  • not academically qualified
  • documentation not submitted following request
  • no work experience (where required by course)
  • course full – where application is received after deadline for undergraduate courses

Applicants will be informed of the reason for the rejection.

If there is an alternative course which the applicants is qualified for then they will be either asked if they wish to be considered or made an alternative offer.

Post interview or portfolio review or selection workshop

For a number of courses, there is an additional stage (or stages) in the admissions process. These are normally courses where evidence of ability needs to be demonstrated or over-subscribed courses where we are unable to offer all applicants a place. This restriction in numbers may be due to limits set by government or physical limitations such as studio space for example.

Where there is a limit on the number of offers which can be made, applicants are asked to attend interviews or send in portfolios or complete other tasks such as submitting a piece of written work for assessment.


At confirmation, applications are reviewed and may be accepted where the conditions have been narrowly missed. Applications are likely to be rejected if the course has recruited sufficient qualified students or the requirements have been missed by two grades or more.

If there is an alternative course for which the applicant is qualified for then they will be either asked if they wish to be considered or made an alternative offer.

Any time during the admissions process

Where an applicant has been found to have submitted false information in respect of qualifications, reference or any information included in their application form, the application will be rejected.