After Applying

So you’ve completed your UCAS application and submitted it to us for consideration. You might be wondering what happens next?

We’ll check your application

We’ll make sure your form is fully completed and that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. If we need any further information to process your application, such as copies of your passport or qualifications, we’ll email you to let you know.

We’ll let you know our decision

Once we’ve received all the necessary information, we’ll make a decision on your application. This will be shown on your UCAS Track (you can use this service at any time to check how your application is progressing).

We will either:

  • ask you to attend an interview. The date and time will appear on Track and we’ll email you with any additional details. You’ll need to reply to confirm you can attend. Read more about what to expect at an interview day
  • send you a conditional offer. This offer is made if you’re currently completing your qualifications. The conditions will be visible on Track if you click on the offer
  • send you an unconditional offer. This offer is made if you’ve met all the entry requirements or if we’d like to make you an offer through our unconditional offer scheme
  • reject your application. If your application isn’t suitable, we’ll include the reason for that on Track. In some cases, we can also provide additional feedback but we can’t always guarantee this

If your application has been unsuccessful, there are still options for you.

UCAS Extra

If you’ve used all five choices and you’ve either not received any offers, or declined any offers you have been made, you may be able to add one further choice through UCAS Extra. There are eligibility criteria that you need to meet in order to apply through UCAS Extra - for more information, visit the UCAS website.


Clearing opens in early July, and is for students who have received no offers, changed their mind about their university choices, or are making a late application. For more information about applying through Clearing, visit our Clearing section.

Received an offer? Find out more about what happens next.