When UCAS have received your application, they will forward it on to the institution to which you are applying. Your application is sent by UCAS to the admissions tutor for each programme. You may be asked to come for an interview, although this is less common these days with such large numbers applying, so do not panic if you are not called for an interview. 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 or there are no places left on the programme of your choice.
You will then have to narrow down your choices to two – a firm acceptance and an insurance acceptance.
UCAS Extra enables applicants who find themselves without an offer, for whatever reason, and who have used all six choices already, to have an additional choice through UCAS. This will mean that applicants who do not have an offer at an early stage in the cycle do not have to wait until clearing to continue to find a place.
This is for those who do not meet the entry requirements or decide to apply late, clearing operates during August and September to match places available with suitable applicants.