After you’ve applied

Once you’ve submitted your application, it’s a matter of waiting to see what decisions you receive. When your application has been received it will be individually assessed taking into account your academic ability and potential, as well as your interest in the subject.


If you have submitted your application by the 15th January deadline, universities will aim to make a decision by the end of March. However, this is not a fixed deadline, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard from us by then, especially if you have applied for one of our more popular courses.

You should have achieved or be expected to achieve the typical offer requirements for the course. Meeting this standard, however, does not guarantee an offer. Many of our courses receive numerous applications for each available place. As such we cannot offer places to all those who attain the minimum entry requirements. The University uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved and to therefore help identify students with the greatest potential to succeed in higher education.

If the University decides to offer you a place, you will receive an offer setting out any conditions attached to the offer such as achievement in the academic qualifications you are currently studying towards. Your offer will also be available to view on UCAS Track. For entry in 2019, all conditions – both academic and non-academic – must be met by 31 August 2019. Conditions met after this deadline will only be considered if places are available.

If you already hold the qualifications required when you apply, we may ask you to send copies of these to the University so we can verify them prior to making a decision.

UK-based applicants receiving an offer will normally be invited to attend a post-application visit day. These visits enable you to see the campus, the school/department and our facilities, as well as give you an opportunity to speak to students and staff.

Understanding university decisions

Find out all you need to know about the different university decision types that you may receive after submitting your UCAS application and how you make the key choices in the next stage of your journey towards Higher Education.


Some courses will require you to attend an interview or audition, or provide a portfolio in order to assess your academic potential beyond that provided as part of your application. This is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to find out more about the course you have applied for, so please don’t panic. For advice on how to prepare for an interview, watch our useful video.

Advice & Tips: Your University Interview

If you are invited to attend an interview, watch our useful video for some tips on how to prepare.

Offers received

Once you have received a decision from your universities, you will have until May to select your first choice of university (firm choice) and your second choice of university (insurance choice).

When it comes to deciding between your offers you should think about where you want to be for the next 3, 4 or 5 years, the content of the courses you have applied to, as well as the student experience and postgraduate employability prospects of your universities. It is tempting to put your highest offer as your firm choice and a lower offer as your insurance. However, we would always advise selecting the course or university you really want as your firm choice.

A list of the key dates and deadlines to be aware of are listed here. If you do have any questions or you are unsure about anything, please get in touch.