Replying to your offers

You can only reply when you've received all your decisions.

  • If you have an unconditional offer you can select it now to confirm your place.
  • If your offers are conditional on exam results or other requirements, you can pick two so you have an extra one as a back-up.

The types of reply you can make are:

  • firm acceptance  – your first choice
  • insurance acceptance  – back-up choice
  • decline

Scroll down to find out about offer and reply combinations and how to make your replies.  

Replying to offers

Understand how and when to reply to your offers in Track.

Types of reply

Firm acceptance

This is your first choice.

  • If it's an unconditional offer the place is yours! So that course provider will expect you as their student.
  • Or if it's conditional the place is yours if you meet the entry requirements. So just in case you don't, you can pick a second offer as a backup – your insurance acceptance.

Insurance acceptance

The back-up choice to a conditional firm acceptance.

  • If you're choosing an insurance go for something with lower entry requirements – make sure it's somewhere you'd still be happy to go to though.
  • That way if your results are lower than expected you might still meet the conditions at your insurance choice, then you'd have your place confirmed there.
  • Remember, you'll only attend your insurance choice course if you don't meet the conditions of your firm choice but you do meet the conditions of your insurance. You can't choose between your firm and insurance when you get your results, so make sure you're happy with which is your firm and which is your insurance before you reply.


Then you need to decline everything else. Or if you decide you don't want to accept any of the offers you can decline them all and either add more courses in our Extra service or see what courses still have vacancies later on in our Clearing service.

Offer and reply combinations
Unconditional firm (UF) You're in!
Conditional firm (CF) You're in if you meet the conditions.
Conditional firm (CF) and conditional insurance (CI) You've made a first and second choice – you'll be in at the first if you meet the conditions. If not you might have met the conditions for the second – if so you'll be on that course instead.
Conditional firm (CF) and unconditional insurance (UI) You've made a first and second choice – if you meet the conditions of the first you'll be on that course. If not you'll definitely be on the second.

How to make your replies

When your last decision comes in we'll send an email as usual to say there's an update (or a letter advising you about replying).

  • Then you go to Track to make your replies.
  • You'll have a deadline shown in Track to do this by – how much time you have depends on the time of year, varying from a week to five weeks.

Reply dates

These are based on when we get the last decision in from your unis or colleges. Check Track to see your personal deadline.

Last decision received on or before...

Means your reply date is...

31 March 2015

6 May 2015

7 May 2015

4 June 2015

4 June 2015

25 June 2015

16 July 2015

23 July 2015

Offers for courses with early start dates

If you want to accept a place on a course that starts before your reply date, you should contact the university or college concerned to discuss what to do. If they give you an earlier deadline to reply you should be aware that they may withdraw their offer if you do not to accept it before their specified deadline.