This blog content was kindly supplied for the Teachers' Guide to University by Bethan Howe, when in employment as the Schools and Colleges Engagement Officer at Anglia Ruskin University.
With multiple deadlines and key dates for students to remember during their last year of school or college, it can make the university admissions process appear daunting and confusing. To support you to guide students in the correct direction, I have provided a short guide to the admissions process with some key points to take away.
Once a student has decided on a course(s), and they’ve chosen one to five universities on UCAS, it’s time for them to submit their application. This should always be completed before the application deadline in January (October if they are applying to Medicine or Oxbridge). These deadlines can be easily accessed on the UCAS website.
After applications are received, universities
will begin their decision-making process. They
will take into consideration the academic entry
requirements, the student’s personal statement
and reference, plus the skills and experience
demonstrated throughout the application. In
short, it is the university’s role to ensure every
student has the capability to succeed on their
Now is the exciting and nerve-wracking part for students, waiting for their offers. Students are likely to hear back at different times from their friends. Offers are emailed to them and displayed on UCAS Track, where each student will need to login to accept or decline them. Additionally, if the course requires an interview, audition, or portfolio, this will be displayed here.
If a student has been offered a university
place, it will show as either unconditional or
conditional. An unconditional offer means the
student has already met the entry requirements
and has a place. If they choose to accept
an unconditional offer, they are committing
themselves to the course and university. On
the other hand, if the offer is conditional, the
student will have to meet the conditions to
secure a place. The criteria is shown on UCAS
Track and will often mean waiting until results
day in summer to confirm it.
Alternatively, students may receive an unsuccessful or an application withdrawal. If they are unsuccessful, the university has decided not to offer them a place. The student might be able to add extra choices if they’d like to, and this will show on UCAS Track if they’re eligible. With regards to withdrawal, this can mean that either the student has withdrawn/ not been in touch, or the university has removed their course choice. If this happens, there are plenty of options for students, our best advice is for the student to get in touch with their chosen University.
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by Sarah Wiltshire
posted on 6 Jun '23
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