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UCAS application sent - what next?

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Your school or college sends off your application.

When UCAS receives your application, it sends you a welcome email that lists your choices and login details for Track the system that allows you to track its progress. Use your personal ID (confirmed in the welcome email) and password (which you created when you registered for Apply) to view your application in Track.

UCAS gives each institution you've applied to, access to your application form – they do not know where else you have applied.


Each institution then decides whether to offer you a place. They may ask you to gain certain exam results - a conditional offer.

Provided your application is in by 15 January 2018 (or 15 October 2017 for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science), the institutions you applied to will reply from March onwards and by early May 2018 at the latest.

When you've heard from all your institutions, choose two offers to hold until you get your exam results. Choose one as your first choice - firm acceptance, and a second as a back-up choice – insurance acceptance. If you accept an unconditional offer (not dependent on exam results), you cannot hold any other offers.

Use Track to reply to offers. Make sure you meet the deadlines shown on the UCAS website.

UCAS Extra

If you have no offers, or you decline offers you receive, you can apply for other courses through this service, which operates from 25 February until 4 July in 2017. You apply for one course at a time, through Track.

After results

If your results meet the conditions of your firm offer you're expected to attend the university that made you the offer. If they're below the conditions of your firm offer but equal your insurance offer conditions you'll attend your insurance choice.

If you have exceeded the conditions of your firm offer, you may wish to consider Adjustment. You have five 24 hour periods until 31 August to research alternative courses, but only if you want to – remember there would be good reasons for you making the choice you did. There is a short video about Adjustment on the UCAS website.


When the exam results come out in August, if you still have no offers, or don't get the required exam results, apply for other courses through Clearing. The UCAS website lists courses with vacancies.

You need a Clearing Number to apply, which you will find through Track. You can watch a video on 'No Offers? Use Clearing' on the UCAS website.

Look through the courses, find one that interests you and contact the university or college yourself (or have your nominated person do so) to ask if they will accept you.

The admissions tutor you speak to will tell you what to do next.

When your exam results come out, try to be at home during August. You may have to reach decisions quickly about your future. It would be better if you spoke directly with admissions tutors rather than your nominated person. The end of Clearing Vacancy Search is usually the 30 September. If you get a place through Clearing, UCAS will send you an official letter confirming it.

If you apply late for university Clearing is used as the method of application. All applications made after the 30 June enter Clearing.

Making changes

Personal details
You can change your address, email and phone number using Track. This information is passed to the universities you have applied to by UCAS.

Personal statement
You can't edit your personal statement but if you have additional information which you think the universities would fine useful, contact them direct.

Year of entry
If you wish to defer entry for a year, contact the universities you have applied to and if they agree to this, they will contact UCAS. Track will be updated by UCAS.

Choice of university
Within seven days from the date on your welcome letter you can change your choice of university. After this length of time, you can only make choice changes if the course is no longer running or you have exceptional circumstances. You'll require a letter of support from your referee, providing details of the change you want along with your reasons. If the change relates to the course at your chosen university, contact them direct. If the change goes ahead they will contact UCAS and they will update Track.

Not used all five choices
You can add choices up to the 30 June, as long as you haven’t already replied to offers.

Cancel your application
You have seven days from the date on your welcome letter to cancel your application. Call the Customer Service Unit and if cancelled within this period, you can make a fresh application through Apply. After seven days from the date on your welcome letter, you can cancel your application at any point but you'll be unable to reapply in the same year of entry.

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