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Understanding UCAS

Understanding offers

When UCAS send your application to your chosen institutions, their admissions tutors will read through your full application and personal statement to decide whether you are a good match for their course.

They will be looking at your academic qualifications, predicted grades, reasons for your course choice, ambitions and extra-curricular activities. Once they have made their decision they will update UCAS with either a conditional or unconditional offer or if you have not met the requirements they will let you know that your application has not been successful.

A conditional offer is when the university will give you specific results that you need to achieve for your place to be confirmed. This is the most popular type of offer for those who have not yet received their results.

An unconditional offer is given when the admissions tutor are completely satisfied that you have met the criteria and should you accept the offer as your firm choice you will be certain of a place.

Once you have received all of your replies through UCAS you can then decide which one will be your firm (number one choice) and your insurance (second choice). Ideally, your insurance choice will require less UCAS points so that if you do not achieve the points for your firm choice you still have the option of attending your second choice.

Understanding offers

Find out what you need to know about the different university decisions that you could receive after submitting your UCAS application.

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