If you’ve applied for an undergraduate course through UCAS and have received offers from institutions you’ve applied to, it’s important to carefully consider your decision about which offers to accept. Once you’ve made your decision about accepting offers as a firm or insurance choices, you cannot change this.
When you accept an offer as your firm choice, this is your preferred choice of course and University. Accepting an unconditional offer as your firm choice then binds you to going to that university only for the course you have been offered a place on.
Accepting a conditional offer as your firm choice enables you to state your preference of the University and course you want to go to out of any offers you may have received.
If you are made a conditional offer, you can also accept a second offer as an insurance choice. You’re not obliged to accept an offer as an insurance choice, but doing so provides you with the opportunity to have a back-up in case you don’t meet the conditions of offer for your firm choice.
Some points to consider when accepting a conditional offer as an insurance choice
- If you are choosing a conditional offer as an insurance choice, you could think about selecting an offer with lower entry conditions than your firm choice. For example, if your firm choice offer asks for 280 points, you might consider accepting an offer of 260 points or below as your insurance choice. Whilst it is possible to select an insurance choice offer which is the same as, or higher than, your firm choice offer, where will this leave you if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice offer? You could potentially end up without anything to fall back on as you won’t have met the conditions for your insurance choice either!
- You could think about selecting an unconditional offer (if you have one) as your insurance choice. That way, if you don’t meet the conditions of your firm choice, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you have met the conditions for your insurance choice.
- Whatever choice you make, you need to be realistic about the course and university you are accepting as an insurance choice – if you don’t meet the conditions of offer for your firm choice and meet the conditions of offer for your insurance choice, you are bound to go to that university. Make sure you’ve visited the university and found out as much information as possible before making your decision. Remember, you could potentially end up studying there if you don’t get into your first choice university.
- You don’t have to accept a second offer as an insurance choice if you don’t wish to. You can just choose one offer as your firm choice. However, a carefully chosen insurance place can provide some flexibility in the event that you don’t meet the conditions of offer set by your firm choice.
Important dates for replying to offers in 2011
If UCAS has received all decisions from your university or college choices by 31st March, you’ll need to reply to any offers by 5th May 2011 (unless you live outside the EU or you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don’t receive your replies, they will decline your offers on your behalf.
If UCAS has received all decisions from your university or college choices by 6th May, you’ll need to reply to any offers by 7th June 2011 (unless you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don’t receive your replies, they will decline your offers on your behalf.
It’s A-level results day and you finally found out what grades you’ve achieved! You’ll probably be eager to find out if you’ve got into your chosen university course. If you have access to the internet, you’ll be able to check your applicant status from today (19th August) via UCAS Track. Alternatively, you can telephone the university directly.
If you’ve met the conditions of your offer – great! If not, don’t panic, as in some circumstances the admissions tutor may still decide to confirm your offer if you have only narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. If you haven’t met the conditions and find that you are no longer holding an offer, be prepared to contact universities to find out about vacancies through clearing.
What if you haven’t got the grades you were hoping for? Here we look at potential scenarios for applicants who may not have met the conditions of their offers and explore what action they could consider taking.
Contact the University
First of all, try not to stress. If you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer, the university may still be able to offer you a place if the Admissions Tutor agrees to this. The Tutor’s final decision may be dependent upon how many other applicants holding conditional offers have met their conditions and whether any vacancies remain on the course.
If you’ve missed the conditions of your offer by a larger margin, there may still be a possibility of being accepted onto your chosen course or you may be offered an alternative course by the university. This is very much at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor and you should understand that there’s no guarantee that if you’ve not met the conditions of your offer that the university will still be able to accept you.
In either instance, once you know your results you can contact the university to discuss them. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner you can find out what’s happening with your place. Continue reading The exam results are out! Guide to confirmation and clearing 2010
With competition for places on undergraduate courses fiercer than ever this year, it’s important that applicants are well-prepared for upcoming interviews and the subsequent decision making process once offers have been received from institutions. If you’ve not yet applied, you’ll need to think about doing so if you’d still like to be considered for a course commencing this Autumn.
Interviews and Offers
You may find the following articles we previously posted of help if you’re about to start attending interviews or are wondering about choosing which offers to accept:
If you’ve not yet applied and are thinking about studying at university in Autumn 2010, there may still be the chance to apply as a late applicant if there are still vacancies on the course or courses you are interested in. You can use the course search facility on the UCAS website to search for courses of interest. The search results returned will show you a list of courses (and the universities offering them) based on the search criteria you have specified. You will be able to tell whether a course is closed or not by whether or not the letter ‘C’ is shown against a particular course. Where the letter ‘C’ is shown against a course, this means that the course is closed to further applications at the time and you cannot, therefore, enter this particular course choice on your UCAS application form. If a course is available, you are free to add that course as a choice on your form.
Whatever stage of the process you’re at, action is key to ensuring that you optimise your chances of success in securing a university place.
For more information about courses available at Birmingham City University, please call Choices on 0121 331 5595 or email us.
A Choices’ course adviser answers some common questions about applying through UCAS.
What happens when I make an application through UCAS?
When you submit an online application to UCAS, UCAS forward a copy of your application to the institution or institutions to whom you have applied. Once your application has been received by an institution they start processing it in accordance with their admissions policies.
For some courses, the institution may make an offer on the basis of the information provided within the application. Other courses may require further selection stages, such as interviews, tests or a portfolio review. Once the appropriate selection process for the course has been completed, the institution will communicate their decision to you. You can check progress of your application through the UCAS Track online system.
I’m no longer taking all of the qualifications I listed on my application form. What should I do?
You should put this in writing to the University as soon as your academic profile has changed. The University needs this information to ensure that any decision made on the application is made using the most accurate information provided by the applicant. Should the university make a decision based on information which subsequently changes, the Admissions Tutor will need to review the application in light of the new information. If the changes to the academic profile mean that the applicant will not be able to meet the minimum entry requirements (or specified academic conditions if an offer has already been made) this will be taken into account when reviewing the application. Continue reading Q&A: Applying for a full-time degree through UCAS
Part three of our Parents’ Guide series looks at things you’ll need to arrange before your son or daughter starts university.
Open a student bank account
Do some research into the different options and deals on offer and consider which one can offer the most to your son or daughter in the long term. Some banks offer deals like discounted travel for students which can help to save money, but always look at the wider picture to make sure that you really are getting the best deal.
Insuring personal possessions is important in case of accidental loss, damage or theft, as the cost of replacing valuables can be considerable in some cases. Many insurers offer specific insurance for students, but some parents opt to take out student insurance as part of their own home insurance. Take time to find out whether this could be more cost effective than taking out separate cover.
Whichever option you choose, ensure that appropriate cover is arranged before your son or daughter joins university. Consider what valuables your son and daughter intend to bring and pay attention to any specific cover requirements or additional premiums for specific items.
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 3: Before your son or daughter arrives
With freshers’ week now just a couple of weeks away, here we look at some of the things you’ll need to arrange before you start university.
Open a student bank account
Do some research into the different options and deals on offer and consider which one can offer you the most in the long term. Some banks offer deals like discounted travel for students which can help to save money, but always look at the wider picture to make sure that you really are getting the best deal.
Insuring personal possessions is important in case of accidental loss, damage or theft, as the cost of replacing valuables can be considerable in some cases. Many insurers offer specific insurance for students, but you may also be able to take out student insurance as part of your parents’ home insurance. Take time to find out whether this could be more cost effective than taking out separate cover.
Whichever option you choose, ensure that appropriate cover is arranged before you join university. Consider what valuables you intend to bring and pay attention to any specific cover requirements or additional premiums for specific items. Continue reading Before you arrive…