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Applying to University

Before you apply
  • Go to www.ucas.com
  • Sign up to UCAS Card – to get monthly emails and discounts on top brands.
  • Research – career options, universities, courses you’re interested in and minimum entry requirements.
  • Go on Open Days at universities with courses that interest you
  • Go to a UCAS event – even if you’re not sure about what you want to do, speak to those in the know.
  • Learn from others – watch student videos at UCAS.tv.
  • Student support - call on 0371 468 0 468 and speak to one of our trained advisers between 08.30 – 18.00
Myth Busters
Myth: Uni is for people who are good at academic courses
False: Fact – courses can be practical, physical or creative. Research different course structures to see which suits you.
 
Myth: I can only apply to study in one place
False: Fact – you can make between 1 – 5 choices, but only add choices you’re sure about.
 
Myth: I can’t afford to go to higher education
False: Fact – there are a lot of organisations that can help make university an affordable and rewarding option. Go to www.ucas.com/studentfinance to find out more. UCAS is also dedicated to ensure the application isn’t a barrier to HE so contact us if you’re finding the application fee a problem.
 
Myth: I’ll have to pay debts back straight after graduating
False: Fact – you only pay back the debt once you earn over a certain amount, regardless of how much you borrow. Check out www.ucas.com/studentfinance.
 
Myth: Higher education lasts 3 years
False: Fact – you can study for as little as a year and get a meaningful qualification. Many courses are also available on a part-time basis or as flexible study.
 
Myth: I won’t be able to get on the property ladder with the debt I will be in
False: Fact – the Council of Mortgage Lenders says a student loan is very unlikely to impact on an individual’s ability to get a mortgage.
Myth: You have to live away from home
False: Fact – although living in halls of residence is a good way to become immersed in student life, it isn’t the only option. You could live at home and commute to university.
 
Myth: There’s no point going into higher education, you can earn just as much by working
False: Fact – graduates over their lifetime will earn 25% more than someone with A levels (Source: Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, 2006, in Universities UK, Research Report, The Economic Benefits of a Degree).

Applying to University
How and when to reply to your offers

Use Track to reply to your offers. Your reply date will be displayed in Track. Your reply date is based on when we receive the last decision from your choices, so it might be different to other people's. If you don't reply by the date given, your offers will be declined. If this happens, call our Customer Contact Centre to find out what you can do.

Replying to your offers
You reply to each offer in one of the following ways:
  •  Firm acceptance
  •  Insurance acceptance
  •  Decline  
Firm acceptance
Your firm acceptance is your first choice - this is your preferred choice out of all the offers you have received. You can only have one firm acceptance.
 
If you accept an unconditional offer, you are agreeing that you will attend the course at that university or college, so you must decline any other offers. We'll send you a letter which will explain whether there is anything else you need to do.
If you accept a conditional offer, you are agreeing that you will attend the course at that university or college if you meet the conditions of the offer. You can accept another offer as an insurance choice.
Insurance acceptance
If your firm choice is a conditional offer, you can accept another offer as an insurance choice. Your insurance choice can be conditional or unconditional and acts as a back-up, so if you don't meet the conditions for your firm choice but meet the conditions for your insurance, you will be committed to the insurance choice. You can only have one insurance choice.
 
The conditions for your insurance choice can be higher than your firm choice, but be aware that if you're not accepted by your firm choice, it's unlikely that you will be accepted for an insurance choice that requests higher grades.
 
You don't have to accept an insurance choice - if you're not sure about any of your other choices once you have accepted a firm choice, you're not obliged to accept one as an insurance option.
Decline
Once you have decided which offer to accept firmly, and which (if any) to accept as an insurance, you must decline all other offers. If you don't want to accept any of the offers, you can decline them all. You will then be eligible to use Extra or Clearing, depending upon your circumstances.
 
There are four combinations of offers and replies
  • Unconditional firm only - you've firmly accepted an unconditional offer. You cannot have an insurance choice.
  • Conditional firm only - you've firmly accepted a conditional offer.
  • Conditional firm + conditional insurance - you've firmly accepted one conditional offer and accepted another conditional offer as an insurance.
  • Conditional firm + unconditional insurance - you've firmly accepted a conditional offer and accepted an unconditional offer as an insurance.
How and when to reply to your offers
Use Track to reply to your offers. Your reply date will be displayed in Track. Your reply date is based on when we receive the last decision from your choices, so it might be different to other people's. If you don't reply by the date given, your offers will be declined. If this happens, call our Customer Contact Centre to find out what you can do.
 
 

 





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