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UCAS: It’s time to choose

UCAS university application? It’s time to choose! By now you’ve selected the courses that interest you, and you’re hopefully watching the offers pour in. Even if this isn’t quite the situation you find yourself in yet, we’ve got some tips for staying focused. Ready for that final push before starting university life.


It’s time to choose so what now?

Your chosen universities will respond to your applications with either a conditional offer (where you will need to meet certain criteria – depending on your exam results – before you can attend) or an unconditional offer (where they have accepted and are giving you a place on their course).

Having a variety of offers is great, but it can still be difficult to decide where you will spend the next 3 years.

When you’ve heard back from all your chosen universities, you then need to decide:

  • Your firm choice – this is the course and university you would most like to attend. This should be the choice that you really love and are aiming to get the grades for.
  • Your Insurance choice – this is your back up choice if your first choice is a conditional offer. This should be a course with a lower offer so that if your grades are lower than you expected you will still have a confirmed place.

All your other offers need to be declined by 10th June 2021.  For help and advice visit UCAS.


Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions

Make sure that you are choosing the courses that suit you best. If your firm offer comes back as unconditional this means that you won’t be able to change your mind later on. This should be the university you really want to attend and a course that really interests you.

Read your offers carefully so that you understand what you will be accepting.

If you’re not sure, revisit the university website and look through the course details. Do the modules you will be studying still appeal to you?

Ask your friends and family or even teachers if you want to see what your choice looks like to others – but remember that ultimately the decision should be yours.

Is it possible for you to visit the city you will be living in? If not, look through the university websites for videos of tours, student experiences etc. Look at what the city will have to offer outside of the university – are there places around you that you will enjoy?

Be confident with your choice, but realistic. Are you on track to get the required grades? Speak to your tutors if you are unsure and they will give you an honest look at how things are.

Some universities are flexible with their offers, so you may still be able to attend your dream course even if you don’t quite get the right grades.


What else you need to think about

What else you need to think about…

The next few months will be a critical time for all students, so be sure to plan ahead for what your study calendar will look like. You’ll thank yourself later. Look out for our Studying dos and don’ts blog coming soon.

Think about where you want to live. What type of student experience did you envision for yourself? There are benefits to starting your search for a space to live early. You will have more choice and the ability to have your preferred room type. And it will leave you with more time to have a great summer without any worry.

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