I've applied - what happens next?

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Track your application

The simplest way to monitor the progress of your application is via UCAS Track, which updates your application status as soon as any changes occur. If you have any questions about your application, there are a number of ways for you to contact UCAS. You can also speak to our admissions team on enquiries@salford.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 295 4545.

Receiving an offer to study with us

There are two types of offer you can receive: an unconditional or a conditional offer.

If you receive an unconditional offer from us and then decide to choose us as your firm choice, the place is yours – you’ll be joining the University of Salford!

If you receive a conditional offer from us and then decide to choose us as your firm choice, the place is yours provided you meet the specific conditions of your offer. You will be able to see these conditions on UCAS Track. It’s really important that you satisfy all the conditions of your offer, not just those that relate to your academic grades.

A few examples of the types of conditions you might have to meet include:

  • Achieving 120 UCAS points or 3 Grade Bs in your A-levels
  • Producing your GCSE certificates for Maths and English
  • Producing a portfolio of work
  • Paying a tuition fee deposit

If you’re unsure, you can check this with our admissions team by calling +44 (0)161 295 4545 (choose option 3). It’s really important that each of your conditions are met, so please make sure you read these carefully.

Replying to your offer

You should reply to your offers through UCAS Track. You do not need to reply to any offers until all of the universities or colleges you applied to have notified you of their decisions. You can find out more about the different replies you can make, and when you need to do this, on the UCAS website.

Accepting or declining your offer

Firm acceptance

This is your first choice and if you meet the entry requirements specified in your offer, your place is confirmed. Please note that there are some courses within the health professions which will require additional conditions to be fulfilled once you have met any academic conditions. These are things like a DBS and Health check. You will be given more information about this once you have met your academic conditions.

Insurance acceptance

This is your backup choice, in case you do not meet the entry requirements of your first choice. It’s a good idea to choose an offer with lower requirements as an insurance choice.


Once you have decided on a firm and insurance choice, you will automatically decline all other offers.

Key dates and deadlines

29 January 2021 UCAS application deadline.
May 2021

After applying, you should start thinking about student finance. You can see what finance is available to you using this online calculator. You can apply for student finance even if you’ve not accepted any of your offers yet.

We would encourage you to apply for student finance as soon as possible to ensure your finances are in place for the new academic year.

10 June 2021 If you’ve heard back from all of the universities you have applied to by 20 May, you must choose your firm and insurance choices by 10 June.
10 August 2021 A-level results announced
12 August 2021 GCSE results announced

Fees and funding

When you come to university, it’s important to manage your money carefully. Our student support service, askUS, offers information and advice on all aspects of student finance, whether you’re a current or prospective student. 

Wellbeing and support

Your university days can be the most exciting time of your life, but they can also be challenging. Whatever your personal circumstances, we want to make your Salford experience a positive one, which is why we've created a dedicated, specialist support service, askUS.

askUS can offer you help and advice on a wide range of issues, including wellbeing and counselling, disability support, money and finances, accommodation, faith, carer support and more. 

If you have a disability, mental health condition or if you think you might need emotional support while you're at university, it's important that you have support in place before you start. If you need support, we need to know about it as early as possible, so we can help you whenever you may need it.

Applying for student accommodation

If you've been offered a place to study with us, another important decision you'll make is where you're going to live. If you’d like to live in student accommodation, we have two accommodation options for you to choose from: Peel Park Quarter, and John Lester and Eddie Colman courts, and both are managed by our accommodation partners Campus Living Villages (CLV).

If you’d prefer to live off-campus or will be commuting from home, we can also support and advise you to ensure you're getting the most out of your time studying with us.

Information for parents and supporters

If you're a parent, carer or supporter of a student applying to study with us, you'll likely have a few questions of your own about the application process, as well as any deadlines that need to be met for an application to be considered. We've put together a handy guide just for you, to keep you up to date with key facts and information about our university and how your son or daughter can apply to start their studies with us.

Contact us

We're here to help support you and answer and queries you may have. Get in touch with our friendly team by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.