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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Before applying to universities and colleges, be sure that you have the required subjects and qualifications for entry to your chosen course. Details of entry requirements are available direct from the universities and colleges. You will need to check:

(i) the general entry requirements for courses

(ii) any specific subject requirements to enter a particular course, for example, study of specified GCE A-levels and (where required) AS, Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers, GCSEs, Scottish Nationals, or BTEC qualifications (for example, Diploma, Certificate). The course requirements are set out in prospectuses and on websites

(iii) any age, health, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS; formerly CRB) clearance or other requirements for entry to particular courses and universities and colleges. For entry to some specific courses such as Medicine and Nursing, offers are made subject to health screening for hepatitis B, for example, and immunisation requirements. Owing to government regulations, some universities will insist on a minimum age at entry of 18 years. Check university and college websites and prospectuses for these particular course requirements

(iv) admissions tests required by a number of universities for a range of subjects, including Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Veterinary Science/Medicine. Offers of places made by these universities are dependent on an applicant’s performance in the relevant test. It is important to find out full details about universities’ course requirements for possible admissions tests well before submitting the UCAS application and to make all the necessary arrangements for registering and taking any required admissions tests.

Potential applicants should ask the advice of teachers, careers advisers and university and college advisers before submitting their application.

APPLICATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE COURSES THROUGH UCAS

UCAS, the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK, deals with applications for admission to full-time and sandwich first degrees, Foundation degrees, Diploma of Higher Education and Higher National Diploma courses and some full-time Higher National Certificate courses in nearly all universities (but not the Open University), university colleges, colleges and institutes of higher education, specialist colleges and some further education colleges. The UCAS Undergraduate scheme also is applicable for those applying for teacher training courses in Scotland.

The UCAS application process

Full details of application procedures and all course information can be found on the UCAS website (www.ucas.com). Other information is also available in How to Complete Your UCAS Application and the Getting into guides published by Trotman (www.trotman.co.uk).

Applications are made online at www.ucas.com using Apply. This is a secure web-based application system, which has been designed for all applicants whether they are applying through a UCAS-registered centre, such as a school or college, or applying independently from anywhere in the world.

Applications can be sent to UCAS from 1 September. The first deadline is 15 October by 18.00 (UK time) for applications to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge and applications for most courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science/Medicine. The deadline for UK and EU applicants to apply for all other courses is 15 January by 18.00 (UK time), except for some Art and Design courses that have a 24 March by 18.00 (UK time) deadline. You can still apply after these deadlines up to 30 June, but institutions may not be able to consider you.

On the UCAS application, you have up to five course choices unless you are applying for Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Science/Medicine. For these courses only four choices are permitted; however, you can make another subject your fifth choice.

Each university or college makes any offer through the UCAS system. UCAS does not make offers, or recruit on behalf of universities and colleges. It does not advise applicants on their choice of subject although it does publish material which applicants may find useful.

Applicants may receive an ‘unconditional’ offer in the case of those who already hold the required qualifications, or, for those awaiting examination results, a ‘conditional’ offer or a rejection. When all decisions have been received from universities or colleges, applicants may finally hold up to two offers: a firm choice (first) offer and an insurance offer. Applicants who have made five choices and have no offers or have declined any offers received can use Extra. Applicants are told if they become eligible for Extra and can apply online for one further course at a time using Track at www.ucas.com. Extra runs from 26 February until 4 July. Courses available in Extra can be found in the Search Tool at www.ucas.com. Applicants not placed through this system will be eligible to contact institutions with vacancies in Clearing from 5 July.

If you already have your qualifications and are not waiting for any exam results, your place can be confirmed at any time after you send in your application. However, for thousands of applicants, confirmation starts on the day when the A-level examination results are released. Clearing vacancies are listed in the Search Tool from early July to mid-September. Applicants meeting the conditions of their offers for their firm choice will receive confirmation from their university or college and may still be accepted even if their results are slightly lower than those stipulated in the original offer. If rejected by their firm choice university/college, applicants will have their places confirmed by their insurance choice institution providing they have obtained the right grades. Applicants who are unsuccessful with both their institutions will be eligible to go into Clearing in which they can select an appropriate course in the same or a different institution where places are available. In 2016, over 50,000 applicants obtained places through Clearing, and nearly 7,500 applicants found a place though Extra.

Each year some applicants pass their exams with better results than expected. This may mean that some will have not only met the conditions of their firm choice, but will have exceeded them. UCAS introduced Adjustment for these applicants. It provides an opportunity to reconsider where and what to study whilst holding a confirmed place. The Adjustment process is available from A-level results day (16 August 2018) until 31 August.

UCAS timetable

1 September 2017

UCAS begins accepting applications.

15 October         

Deadline for UCAS to receive applications to Oxford University or the University of Cambridge, and applications to most courses in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science.

15 January 2018

8Deadline for UCAS to receive applications from UK and EU applicants for all other courses, except for some Art and Design courses that have a 24 March deadline.Use the Course Search Tool at www.ucas.com to find out whether Art and Design courses have a 15 January or 24 March deadline.

16 January–30 June

Applications received by UCAS are forwarded to the institutions for consideration at their discretion. Applications received after 30 June are processed through Clearing.

26 February–4 July

Applicants who have made five choices and have no offers or who have declined any offers received can use Extra to apply for one further course at a time on Track at www.ucas.com. Institutions will show which courses have vacancies in Extra on the UCAS website. Details of the Extra service will be included in Your UCAS Welcome Guide sent to applicants.

24 March 

Deadline for UCAS to receive applications for some Art and Design courses. Use the Course Search Tool at www.ucas.com to find out whether Art and Design courses have a 15 January or 24 March deadline.

2 May

Applicants who have received all their decisions from universities and colleges by the end of March are asked to reply to their offers by this date.

7 June

Applicants receiving decisions from all their choices by 3 May must reply to their offers by this date.

30 June

Last date for receiving applications. Applications received after this date are entered directly into Clearing. On 5 July Clearing starts.

TBC

Scottish SQA results published.

16 August

GCE A-level and AS results published.

PLEASE NOTE

  • You are not required to reply to any university/college offers until you have received your last decision.
  • Do not send a firm acceptance to more than one offer.
  • Do not try to alter a firm acceptance.
  • If you decide not to go to university or college this year you can go to Track to completely cancel your application. But don't forget, you will not be able to reapply until next year.
  • Remember to tell the institutions and UCAS if you change your address, or change your examination board, subjects or arrangements.

APPLICATIONS FOR ART AND DESIGN COURSES

All art and design courses use one of two application deadlines: 15 January and 24 March. The later closing date is to allow students taking a Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) time to identify their specialisation and put together a portfolio of work which they will need to present at interview. The deadline for each course is given in the UCAS search tool.

APPLICATIONS FOR MUSIC COURSES AT CONSERVATOIRES

UCAS Conservatoires handles applications for practice-based music, dance, drama and musical theatre courses. Applications can be made simultaneously to a maximum of six of the conservatoires listed below and simultaneous applications can also be made through both UCAS Undergraduate and UCAS Conservatoires systems. Full details of UCAS Conservatoires are given on www.ucas.com/conservatoires. The conservatoires taking part in this online admissions system are:

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is not part of the UCAS Conservatoires Scheme, so students wishing to apply will have to make their applications directly to the school. There is an application fee, which varies depending on the course for which you apply; the fee includes the audition fee, which is charged by all conservatoires. For more details, see the Guildhall website. 

APPLICATIONS FOR TEACHER TRAINING COURSES

Applicants intending to start a course of initial teacher training in England, Northern Ireland and Wales leading to Qualified Teacher Status can find information on the Get Into Teaching website https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk. See also www.ucas.com/teacher-training for full details of applying for undergraduate (and postgraduate) training courses. Scottish students should apply through UCAS Undergraduate for teacher training courses.

APPLICATIONS FOR DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP COURSES

Applications for degree apprenticeship courses in England are handled by GOV.UK (www.gov.uk.apply-apprenticeship). It is likely that the employer and university will jointly recruit for their vacancies, to ensure that both are satisfied that the applicant can meet their respective requirements. You can use UCAS' career finder tool to see details of a number of new degree apprenticeship vacancies. Deadlines for vacancies vary so you'll need to keep an eye on these.

THE UCAS APPLICATION

Two important aspects of the UCAS application concern Sections 3 and 10. In the choices section of Apply, all your university/college choices (a maximum of five) are to be listed, but remember that you should not mix your subjects. For example, in popular subject areas such as English, History or Physiotherapy, it is safer to show total commitment by applying for all courses in the same subject and not to include second and/or third subject alternatives on the form.

In principle, institutions want the best applicants available so if there are large numbers of applicants the offers made will be higher. For Medicine and a number of other courses, offers in terms of A-level grades are now reaching AAA or A* grades, and sometimes with additional grades at AS, where school policy does not limit your opportunity to take AS subjects (in which case alternative A-level offers may be given). Conversely, for the less popular subjects, the offers can be much lower – down to CCC.

Similarly, some institutions are more popular (not necessarily better) than others. This popularity can be judged in the course search: the higher the offer, the more popular the institution. Popular universities often are located in attractive towns or cities such as Bristol, Exeter, Warwick, Bath or York. Because of the intense competition for places at the popular universities, applications to five of them could result in rejections from all of them! (If you are not good enough for one of them you won’t be good enough for the other four!) Spread your choice of institutions.

When you have chosen your courses and your institutions, look again at the offers made and compare these with the grades projected by your teachers on your UCAS reference. It is most important to maximise your chances of a place by choosing institutions which might make you a range of offers. When all universities have considered your application you can hold only two offers (one firm and one insurance offer) and naturally it is preferable for one to be lower than the other in case you do not achieve the offer grades or equivalent points for your first choice of university or college.

The other section of the UCAS application that deserves careful thought is Section 10 (the personal statement). This seems simple enough but it is the only part of the application where you can put in a personal bid for a place! In short, you are asked to give relevant background information about yourself, your interests and your choice of course and career. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your personal statement – if you have a Record of Achievement you could use it as a guide – as this part of your application could make all the difference to getting an offer or not.

The personal statement

The statement is your only opportunity to make a personal bid for your chosen courses. The University of Surrey advises applicants to include the following information: 

  • Why you want to study the course you have chosen. Show why you are passionate about the field.
  • How your current studies have helped you to prepare for university. Be reflective explain why you have made certain choices and what you have learnt, but do not go into lots of detail.
  • How you have gone above and beyond the curriculum to demonstrate your interest in the subject (for example, books you have read, taster sessions you have attended).
  • Your skills and experiences (including work and placements) and how you feel they will help you to succeed on your chosen course.
  • The acheivements that you are particularly proud of. Be honest you may be asked about them at interview!
  • What you hope to gain from university, and your career aspirations.
  • Your interest and hobbies. It is recommended that 75% of your statement is academic/course related, while the other 25% can focus on extra-curricular activities.

Motivation to undertake your chosen course is very important. You can show this by giving details of any work experience and work shadowing you have done (and for History courses, for example, details of visits to places of historical interest). It is a good idea to begin your statement with such evidence and explain how your interest in your chosen subject has developed. You should also include various activities in which you have been involved in the last three or four years. Get your parents and other members of the family to refresh your memory – it is easy to forget something quite important. You might consider planning out this section in a series of sub-sections – and if you have a lot to say, be brief. The sub-sections can include the following.

  • School activities Are you a prefect, chairperson or treasurer of a society? Are you involved in supervisory duties of any kind? Are you in a school team? Which team? For how long? (Remember, team means any team: sports, chess, debating, even business.)
  • Intellectual activities Have you attended any field or lecture courses in your main subjects? Where? When? Have you taken part in any school visits? Do you play in the school orchestra or have you taken part in a school drama production – on or off stage? Do you go to the theatre, art galleries or concerts?
  • Out-of-school activities This category might cover many of the topics above, but it could also include any community or voluntary work you do, or Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), sport, music and drama activities etc. The countries you have visited might also be mentioned – for example, any exchange visits with friends living abroad.
  • Work experience Details of part-time, holiday or Saturday jobs could be included here, particularly if they have some connection with your chosen course. Some applicants plan ahead and arrange to visit firms and discuss career interests with various people who already work in their chosen field. For some courses such as Veterinary Science, work experience is essential, and it certainly helps for others, for example Medicine and Business courses.
  • Functional/Essential Skills These cover maths, English and information technology (the basics) and also advanced skills involving teamwork, communication, problem solving and improving your own learning. If you are not offering the qualifications, then evidence of your strengths in these areas may be mentioned in the school or college reference or you may include examples in your personal statement relating to your out-of-school activities.

Finally, plan your personal statement carefully. Although you are not required to continuous prose, it is advisable to do so, as this is likely to make a better impression on admissions tutors. Your statement should be written in good, clear English, and it is essential that your spelling and grammar are accurate throughout. Keep a copy of your complete application to keep for reference if you are called for interview. Almost certainly you will be questioned on what you have written.

Admissions tutors always stress the importance of the confidential reference from your head teacher or form tutors. Most schools and colleges will make some effort to find out why you want to apply for a particular course, but if they do not ask, do not take it for granted that they will know! Consequently, although you have the opportunity to write about your interests on the form, it is still a good idea to tell your teachers about them. Also, if you have to work at home under difficult conditions or if you have any medical problems, your teachers must be told since these points should be mentioned on the reference.'

Deferred entry

Although application is usually made in the autumn of the year preceding the proposed year of entry, admissions tutors may be prepared to consider an application made two years before entry, so that the applicant can, perhaps, gain work experience or spend a period abroad. Policies on deferred entry may differ from department to department, so you should check with admissions tutors before applying. Simply remember that there is no guarantee that you will get the grades you need or a place at the university of your first choice at the first attempt! If not, you may need to repeat A-levels and try again. It may be better not to apply for deferred entry until you are certain in August of your grades and your place.

APPLICATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge offer a wealth of resources and opportunities to students, including highly personalised teaching in tutorials (at Oxford) or supervisions (at Cambridge), where groups of two or three students meet to discuss their work with a tutor (Oxford) or supervisor (Cambridge). The college system is also a key advantage of an Oxbridge education, as students gain all the benefits of studying at a large and internationally acclaimed university, as well as the benefits of life in the smaller college community. 

If you are a UK or EU applicant applying to Cambridge, you need to only complete the UCAS application. You will then receive an email from the University, confirming the arrival of your application and giving you the website address of their online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) which you will then need to complete and return by the specified date. International students and prospective organ scholars also need to submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) by the required deadline; further details are available on the Cambridge website. Check with the Admissions Office or on www.cam.ac.uk/study-at-cambridge for the latest information.

Your UCAS application listing Cambridge as one of your university choices must be sent to UCAS by 15 October. If you are applying for Medicine or Veterinary Medicine you must include your BMAT registration with your application. You can indicate your choice of college or make an Open application if you have no preference. Open applicants are allocated by a computer program to colleges that have had fewer applicants per place for your chosen subject.

The Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) has been designed to ensure that the Cambridge Colleges have the information they require in order to accurately assess any applicant who has experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage through health, personal problems, disability or difficulties with schooling. The ECF should normally be submitted by the applicant’s school/college by 15 October. Further details can be obtained at www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/ecf.html.

Interviews take place in Cambridge in the first three weeks of December, although some may be earlier. Please note that as of 2017 entry onwards, the Colleges at the University of Cambridge have introduced written assessments to be taken by all applicants for all subjects, except Mathematics and Music. Applicants will take the written assessments either pre-interview or at interview, depending on the course for which they apply. Pre-interview assessments will take place on 2 November, on the same day as those set by the University of Oxford, whilst at-interview assessments will form part of the December interview period. Please see www.undergraduate.study.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessment for further information on these assessments.

In January applicants receive either an offer conditional upon certain grades in examinations to be taken the following summer, or a rejection. Alternatively, you may be placed in a pool for further consideration. Decisions are made on the basis of academic record, reference, personal statement, submitted work/test results and interviews. The conditions set are grades to be obtained in examinations such as A-levels, Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers or the International Baccalaureate. Offers made will also include Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) in mathematics. The STEPs are taken in June and copies of past papers and full details are available from www.admissionstestingservice.org.

College policies

All colleges which admit undergraduates use various selection procedures. However, there are variations in the selection procedures used between the different colleges, within each college and also between subjects. Further information about the policies of any particular college can be found in the Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus and may also be obtained from the admissions tutor of the college concerned. No college operates a quota system for any subject except Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, for which there are strict quotas for the University from which places are allocated to each college.

Full details of the admissions procedures are contained in the current Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus. Copies of the prospectus are available via the website www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/find-out-more/order-prospectus.

APPLICATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Applications for undergraduate courses at Oxford are made through UCAS in the same way as applications to other UK universities but candidates must submit their application by 15 October, 18.00 (UK time) for entry in the following year.

You can only apply to one undergraduate course at Oxford. You can also express a preference for a particular college if you wish, or you can make an open application.  This is just like saying that you don’t mind which college you go to and your application will then be allocated to a college which has relatively fewer applications for your subject in that year. The colleges have far more in common than they have differences, and all offer the same high standard of academic teaching and support, so please do not worry too much about college choice.

Applicants for some courses are required to sit a written test as part of their application, or to submit examples of their written work. For full details, see www.ox.ac.uk/apply. Separate registration is required for any tests, so it’s really important to check the details for your subject in good time.

When considering your application, tutors will take into account all the information that has been provided, in order to assess your suitability and potential for your chosen course. This includes your academic record, personal statement, academic reference and predicted grades, along with any written tests or written work required. If you haven’t done particularly well in one area, you may still be successful if you have performed strongly in other aspects of your application. Each application is considered carefully on its individual merits, including contextual information about candidates’ educational background.

A shortlist of the very best candidates will be invited to Oxford for interview, which is an important part of the selection procedure. Candidates will usually be interviewed at their college of preference and also may be interviewed by other colleges. Those from outside Europe who are not able to travel may be interviewed by telephone or Skype or some other remote means, although if you are applying to Medicine and are shortlisted, then you will need to travel to Oxford for the interview. We work hard to ensure that the best candidates are successful, whichever college you have applied to.  Any college may make you an offer of a place.

Successful candidates who have not completed their school-leaving examinations will be made conditional offers based on final grades. This will be probably be between A*A*A and AAA at A-level, 38-40 points in the International Baccalaureate, including core points, or other equivalent qualifications. Decisions are notified to candidates via UCAS by the end of January.

To find out more

The University holds three open days a year: two in late June, and one in mid-September. These are highly recommended as a great way to visit the city and the University, meet tutors and current students and find out more.

Please visit our website at www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate for further information, and details of other events around the UK and beyond.

APPLICATIONS TO THE RUSSELL GROUP

The Russell Group universities are: University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cardiff University; Durham University; University of Edinburgh; University of Exeter; University of Glasgow; Imperial College London; King's College London; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; London School of Economics and Political Science; University of Manchester; Newcastle University; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; Queen Mary University of London; Queen’s University Belfast; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University College London; University of Warwick; University of York.

The Russell Group has published information on what it terms ‘facilitating subjects’ i.e. subjects they would prefer to be studied by A-level students. The subjects they view as ‘facilitating subjects’ are maths and further maths, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography, modern and classical languages, and English literature. 

APPLICATIONS TO IRISH UNIVERSITIES

All applications to universities, colleges of education and institutes of technology in the Republic of Ireland are made through the Central Application Office, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland; see www.cao.ie or telephone 091 509 800. In addition, applications to some specialist college are made through the Central Application Office (CAO). The CAO website gives full details of all 44 institutions and details of the application procedure. Applications are made by 1 February. Individual institutions publish details of their entry requirements for courses, but unlike applications through UCAS in the UK, no conditional offers are made. Applicants are judged purely on their academic ability. The results are published in August when institutions make their offers and when successful students are required to accept or decline the offer.

APPLICATIONS TO COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES

Details of universities in 40 commonwealth countries (all charge fees) are published on www.acu.ac.uk or for those in Australia on www.idp.com/australia/international-students, and for those in Canada on www.studyincanada.com.

APPLICATIONS TO AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES

There are a very large number of universities and colleges offering degree course programmes in the USA; some institutions are independent and others state-controlled. Students applying to study in the USA can apply to over 600 colleges through the Common Application, the central admissions system. However, unlike the UK, where UCAS controls nearly all university and college applications, it is still necessary to apply to certain American institutions directly; a full list of participating Common Application colleges can be downloaded from the website at www.commonapp.org. Most American universities will expect applicants to have A-levels or IB qualifications and in addition, usually require students to complete either the SAT or ACT admissions tests. The SAT Reasoning Test covers mathematical and evidence-based reasoning abilities. In some cases applicants may be required to complete a writing task as part of the Reasoning Test, as well as taking SAT II tests which are based on specific subjects. The ACT tests English, maths, comprehension and scientific reasoning. Some universities require applicants to take the ACT with writing, which includes an additional writing task. Both the SAT and the ACT can be taken at centres in the UK: see www.collegeboard.org and www.act.org respectively for details.

Unlike the usual specialised subject degrees at UK universities, ‘Liberal Arts programmes’ in the USA have considerable breadth and flexibility, although subjects requiring greater specialised knowledge such as Medicine and Law require further study at Medical or Law School.

Because of the complexities of an application to American universities, such as financial implications, visas etc, students should initially refer to www.fulbright.org.uk. It is also important to be able to identify the differences between and the quality of institutions and valuable guides can be sourced through www.petersons.com.

THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME

Many universities in the UK have formal agreements with partner institutions in Europe through the Erasmus+ Programme which enables UK university students to apply for courses in Europe for periods up to one year. Some of these courses are taught in English and students can receive help with accommodation and other expenses through the Erasmus+ Student Grant scheme.

The Erasmus+ Programme is for undergraduates in all subject areas who would like to study or do a work placement for three to twelve months as part of their degree course in one of 32 other European countries. Most universities offer it although it is not available with every course so students are advised to check with their chosen universities before making an application. Students do not pay any fees to the European university they visit and those who go for the full academic year (24 weeks) have their UK tuition fees reduced.

Following the 23 June 2016 European Union referendum, in which the UK voted to leave the EU, the government issued a statement on 28 June 2016 confirming that the result would not impact on students considering applying in 2017. Beyond this point, the UK's future participation in the Erasmus+ programme is to be determined as part of formal discussions with the EU, which will be taking place over the next two years. While the UK remains a member of the EU, and until it has finalised the terms of its withdrawl with the other Member States, students will continue to have access to the Erasmus+ scheme under the current terms of the programme.

AND FINALLY … BEFORE YOU SEND IN YOUR APPLICATION

CHECK that you have passes at grade C or higher in the GCSE (or equivalent) subjects required for the course at the institutions to which you are applying. FAILURE TO HAVE THE RIGHT GCSE SUBJECTS OR THE RIGHT NUMBER OF GRADE C PASSES OR HIGHER IN GCSE WILL RESULT IN A REJECTION.

CHECK that you are taking (or have taken) the GCE A-level and, if required, AS (or equivalent) subjects required for the course at the institution to which you are applying. FAILURE TO BE TAKING OR HAVE TAKEN THE RIGHT A-LEVELS WILL ALSO RESULT IN A REJECTION.

CHECK that the GCE A-levels and other qualifications you are taking will be accepted for the course for which you are applying. Some subjects and institutions do not stipulate any specific A-levels, only that you are required to offer two or three subjects at GCE A-level. In the view of some admissions tutors NOT ALL GCE A-LEVELS CARRY THE SAME WEIGHT.

CHECK that you can meet the requirements for all relevant admissions/interview tests.

CHECK that you have made all the necessary arrangements for sitting any required admissions tests.

CHECK that you can meet any age, health and DBS requirements for entry to your listed courses.

WHAT TO DO ON RESULTS DAY … AND AFTER

BE AT HOME! Do not arrange to be away when your results are published. If you do not achieve the grades you require, you will need to follow an alternative course of action and make decisions that could affect your life during the next few years. Do not expect others to make these decisions for you. If you achieve the grades or points which have been offered you will receive confirmation of a place, but this may take a few days to reach you. Once your place is confirmed contact the accommodation office at the university or college and inform them that you will need a place in a hall of residence or other accommodation.

If you achieve grades or points higher than your conditional firm (CF) choice you can reconsider where and what to study by registering with UCAS to use the Adjustment process in Track. This is available from A-level results day until 31 August and you have five days to register and secure an alternative course. You must check very carefully all the Adjustment information on the UCAS website (www.ucas.com/adjustment) before changing your CF choice to make sure you are eligible and that a vacancy is available. There is no guarantee of a vacancy on a course you are aiming for, and it is very unlikely that competitive courses will have places. If you decide definitely to change courses advise the university or college immediately, but check with www.ucas.com and your school/college adviser for the latest information.

If your grades or points are higher than you expected and you are not holding any offers you can telephone or email the admissions tutor at the universities and colleges which rejected you and request that they might reconsider you.

If you just miss your offers, then telephone or email the universities and colleges to see if they can still offer you a place. ALWAYS HAVE YOUR UCAS REFERENCE NUMBER AVAILABLE WHEN YOU CALL. Their decisions may take a few days. You should check the universities and colleges in your order of preference. Your first choice must reject you before you contact your second choice.

If you have not applied to any university or college earlier in the year, then you can apply through the Clearing scheme which runs from early July. Search for courses here to identify which institutions normally make offers matching your results, then telephone or email the institution to see if they have any vacancies before completing your Clearing form.

If you learn finally that you do not have a place because you have missed the grades in your offer you will receive automatically a Clearing form to enable you to re-apply. Before you complete this form follow the instructions above.

If an institution has vacancies, they will ask you for your grades. If they can consider you they will ask you for your Clearing form. You can only be considered by one institution at a time.

If you have to re-apply for a place, check the vacancies on the UCAS website (www.ucas.com), in the national press and through your local careers office. If there are vacancies in your subject, check with the university or college that these vacancies have not been taken.

REMEMBER – There are many thousands of students just like you. Admissions tutors have a mammoth task checking how many students will be taking up their places since not all students whose grades match their offers finally decide to do so!

IF YOU HAVE AN OFFER AND THE RIGHT GRADES BUT ARE NOT ACCEPTING THAT OR AN ALTERNATIVE PLACE – TELL THE UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE. Someone else is waiting for your place! If you are applying for a place through Clearing it may even be late September before you know you have a place so BE PATIENT AND STAY CALM!

Good luck!