We strongly advise that you do not to make any decisions about your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices until you have received responses from ALL the universities (successful and unsuccessful) to which you have applied. You cannot change your mind once you have chosen your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices.
Your ‘Insurance’ choice is only a back up and you will only be placed there if you do not meet the conditions of your ‘Firm’ choice. You can’t choose between your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices on Results Day!
Make sure to check your own UCAS Track for your deadline, and don’t rely on your friends telling you as deadlines can vary!
HOW TO REPLY TO YOUR UCAS OFFERS THROUGH UCAS TRACK
Having trouble? See the Destinations Department on the top floor of the LRC.
It is really best to receive all your offers before you make your decisions on your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices as later offers you get might change your mind about where you want to go. Additionally, once you make your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices all other offers are declined and you cannot ‘get them back’.
Your choices should be somewhere you want to study for possibly the next 3+ years, a course you enjoy, an area with living costs appropriate to your financial situation, etc.
Once you have received ALL of your responses you need to list your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices. You do this through UCAS Track. See further on for more information.
This will vary from student to student so make sure to check your own UCAS Track for your deadline, and don’t rely on your friends telling you!
The Destinations Department’s advice is to always put down an ‘Insurance’ choice if you have 2 or more offers.
Even if the grades are the same or higher than for your ‘Firm’ choice, we would advise listing an ‘Insurance’ choice as there is no real harm in doing this. Ideally, you should choose a choice which has lower requirements so if your grades slip you still have a place to go, hopefully without needing to go through Clearing.
If you only have one offer, don’t worry! Just list it as your ‘Firm’ choice. If you don’t meet the criteria for this ‘Firm’ choice course/university, you will be entered into Clearing. See blog about Clearing.
If you list an unconditional offer as your ‘Firm’ choice, this is the university at which you will study – congratulations! Don’t forget to read our blog on unconditional offers before accepting. You don’t get to choose an ‘Insurance’ choice because you have no conditions or grades to meet.
Yes. If you list an unconditional offer as your ‘Insurance’ choice, this means that if you do not achieve the requirements for your ‘Firm’ choice, you will go on to study at this university/course as there are no specific conditions to your offer.
No, you do not get to choose between your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices.
All other offers apart from your ‘Firm’ and ‘Insurance’ choices will be declined; you will not be able to choose to go to one of these universities on Results Day.
See Destinations Department ASAP!
More information HERE.