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A conditional offer requires the applicant to meet certain conditions before we will admit them onto the course. The conditions are usually academic (e.g. achieve 120 UCAS points from three A-levels, including a grade B in Biology) but there may be others, for example, a requirement to provide copies of GCSE certificates. All conditions are shown on UCAS Track. Please encourage your son or daughter to familiarise themselves with the conditions of their offer and ensure they are all met, not just the academic ones. 


This means exactly what it says on the tin! There are no conditions attached, if the applicant chooses this as their firm choice, the place is theirs. It’s worth mentioning that for some courses in the health area there are additional requirements pre-arrival, including DBS checks and occupational health checks.


Once the applicant is in receipt of decisions from all five choices on their UCAS form, it is decision time! If the applicant has received all their decisions back by the 31 March 2019 then their decision deadline is 1 May 2019. If they don’t do that, UCAS has what is called a ‘decline by default’ date of 2 May. If an applicant hasn’t replied to any offers by this date, UCAS will automatically mark the offers as unsuccessful. There are some applicants each year who are rejected because of a failure to decide and it can be difficult to undo this, so please encourage your son or daughter to respond by the appropriate date.

If you do find that your son or daughter’s application has been rejected by default, there is a very short period of time which UCAS will allow for the application to be reinstated (it’s usually around two weeks). You should call UCAS as soon as possible on 0371 468 0468 as a matter of urgency if you find yourself in  this situation.

For those who make applications after 15 January there are different deadlines depending on when decisions have been made on the application. You can find a full list of key dates for the UCAS cycle on their website. If your son or daughter has applied for deferred entry in 2019, they are subject to the same timeline for decision making.


All applicants are required to make a ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ choice. 


This means that if the conditions are met, this is the applicant’s first choice and they’ll be going to this institution for that course.


This is the ‘back-up’ course, typically with lower entry requirements, that the applicant chooses just in case they don’t meet the requirements of the first course.