What are the different types of offers from universities?

Students around the U.K. are biting their nails, stressing out and refreshing their web browser in suspense as they wait for their university choices to respond to their application with an offer. There are different university offers that may appear on your UCAS Track page, and this is a breakdown of what they mean and what you can do next.

Universities making their decision

Depending on the course, some universities will invite you to an admission interview or an audition to help aid them in making a decision on your application. If you’re unsure whether you need to attend an interview or an audition beforehand, it will state it in the university prospectus, or in a letter or email sent from the university once they have received your details. If you’re still uncertain about the procedures for your course, you can also get in touch with your universities to make sure your letter hasn’t got lost in the post. If you do need to compete for these steps then the university will use these modes of assessment to help their decision, so you can be sure to know you won’t receive an offer until these are checked off. However, if your course is only based on your UCAS application, then the university will simply use the information provided to make a decision.

 

A conditional offer

A conditional offer from a university is stating you will have a place on the course if you pass your exams and receive your predicted results – the conditions of the offer. Now, if you receive one or more conditional offer the next step is simply you revising until the sun goes down to get those amazing grades! There isn’t much more you need to do except to accept or decline your offers on UCAS Track. Now get those study books open…

What does a conditional offer look like?

There are many different forms of a conditional offer, but it is usually surrounding grades, UCAS tariff points and exam results. A conditional offer from a university could look like, AAB in three A-Levels, or BBC in a National Diploma, or 320 UCAS Tariff points. These are the requirements you need to get before August 31st. If you meet these conditions before that time, you’ll definitely get a place at their university, but if you don’t your place isn’t exactly secured.

An unconditional offer

An unconditional offer isn’t that black and white, but it is still an offer. This type of offer is because there is other things that could change the decision of the university, but aren’t as serious as exam results. An unconditional offer means you have the entry requirements needed to get in, and they want you, but you might need to complete admission tests, medical exam or a DBS check – it depends on your course. Your university will inform you on what else they need.

What does an unconditional offer look like?

This type of offer is more concrete in your journey of securing a place on the course you want. The university wants you, and there are only a few things to arrange to make sure you’re there in September. The letter or email will let you know you have a place. However, if you accept this unconditional offer, then you’re accepting that spot at that institution which means you can’t make an insurance choice or enter UCAS Clearing to find another, therefore, make sure it’s the right choice for you!

Unsuccessful or withdrawn choices

An unsuccessful or withdrawn choice means it was withdrawn by the university or by yourself. A university have many reasons to withdraw an application and the most popular are because a student didn’t attend a mandatory interview, assessment or audition. If a university doesn’t offer a reason why they withdrew you can contact the university and ask them, although wait a while before you do as their response could already be on the way to you!

What if I don’t get any offers?

Firstly – don’t panic! It’s okay if you don’t receive any offers. Remember that universities do have a really long time to make their decisions (around 8th May) so you could find yourself twiddling your thumbs until then. However, if you have received all the responses and been unlucky, or even changed your mind, you can decline your offers. If it is between February and June 30th, you’re able to add more choices through UCAS Extra.