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What happens after I’ve applied?

Once you’ve gone through all of the areas above, filled your application in to the best of your ability (don’t forget to check it!) and submitted it, it will be sent to the universities and colleges that you have applied to. They will then look at all of the applications they receive and begin to make offers. You can always check in to see how your application is progressing, including viewing any offers you’ve received and any interview invitations, using UCAS Track.

There are two types of university offer: conditional or unconditional. Conditional offers are based on you gaining specified grades or a minimum number of UCAS points, and you will usually receive confirmation of your place on A Level results day in August. Unconditional offers guarantee you a place on the course based on existing qualifications or experience, or based on an interview, audition or portfolio of work. Some universities make unconditional offers on the basis that you make them your ‘firm choice’ (we’ll go into what this means in a moment), but don’t be pressured into accepting this offer unless the course is right for you!

In some circumstances, an application might be unsuccessful. This means that the university has decided not to make you an offer of a place on the course you applied for with them. This does not necessarily mean that you will not receive offers from your other universities or colleges though, and there are other options to look into if this is the case.

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