When UCAS have received your application, they will forward it on to the institution to which you are applying. Admissions staff will consider your application and UCAS will tell you if your application has been successful or not. Each university you have applied to will respond in one of three ways:
- Conditional: Containing goals to achieve in exams pending, securing you a place on the programme.
- Unconditional: Your exam results or previous experience are sufficient to gain entry and information regarding the programme and start dates etc will be mailed out.
- Unsuccessful: Your qualifications, completed or pending, are insufficient for entry.
- Course Full: You have aplied after the 15th Kanuary deadline and there are no places left on the programme.
You will then have to narrow down your choices to two – a firm acceptance and an insurance acceptance.
What to do if your application is unsuccessful
Even if you don’t receive any conditional or unconditional offers, all is not lost.
UCAS Extra enables applicants who find themselves without an offer, and who have used all five choices already, to have an additional choice through UCAS. Extra runs from mid-March to the end of June, when institutions list available courses online through UCAS Course Search.
Clearing provides an opportunity for those who do not meet the entry requirements or apply late to find a suitable course. Clearing starts once the exam results have been released and we will have dedicated information for applicants at that point.
Application information to download
Download our Right Choices booklet for detailed information about what to do and who to contact during the application process.