When your application is received by UCAS it is forwarded to the institution to which you have applied. University admissions staff then consider your application and via UCAS, tell you if your application has been successful or not.
Each university you have applied to responds in one of the following 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 applied after the 15th January deadline and there are no places left on the programme.
If your application is successful
You can then narrow your choices to two - a firm acceptance and an insurance acceptance.
If your application is unsuccessful
If you do not receive a conditional or unconditional offer, you still have options:
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.