If your students have applied through UCAS Conservatoires, this page will give an overview of how you can support their application during Confirmation.

Exam results

  • Conservatoire music, dance, and drama places are confirmed after exam results are published.
  • All Confirmation decisions are shown in Track, and Confirmation letters (CU12) are sent to accepted applicants.
  • Track is updated continuously, except for the periods when we’re processing results. Our processing results page gives more detail about this.

While universities and colleges receive grades and make their decisions, we enter into an embargo period…


What is the embargo? 

Each year, UCAS and conservatoires are given early access to results under strict embargo arrangements with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). An embargo period covers the defined period of time where early access to embargoed examination results/grades is given. This allows universities and colleges to prepare and make decisions by the official publication dates of exam results. It also gives you, as teachers, advisers, and exam centres, time to plan for the publication dates.

The embargo periods for 2020 are:

  • SQA results embargo period – 27 July at 18:00 until 4 August at 09:00
  • JCQ results embargo period – 7 August at 14:00 until 13 August at 08:00

During both embargo periods:

  • Track and the adviser portal will not be updated
  • conservatoires cannot discuss any applicant’s individual status with them, or with an adviser

Different Confirmation decisions

There are a number of decisions conservatoires can make:

Conditions of offer have been met

UCAS Conservatoires applicants who have met the conditions of their guaranteed conditional first (GC1) choice will be placed there, and the offer will update to guaranteed unconditional (GU1). We send these applicants a Confirmation letter. If the applicant was holding a second offer, this will no longer exist when the GC1 offer becomes a GU1 offer.

Reserve offers (VU or VC)

Conservatoires will only confirm a place for a reserve unconditional (VU) or reserve conditional (VC) offer if they have a vacancy for a guaranteed place. If there is no vacancy, the applicant becomes unsuccessful for that choice. Applicants who have accepted reserve offers will know by 8 September if a reserve place has become a guaranteed offer, or if the choice has been unsuccessful.

Conditions of offer have not been met

UCAS Conservatoires applicants who do not meet the conditions of their offers, will either be told they have been unsuccessful, or may be made an offer for a different course or year of entry.

The conservatoire will contact the applicant to discuss any changes, and if the offer is accepted, a Confirmation letter will be sent.

Unsuccessful applicants

UCAS Conservatoires applicants who are unsuccessful cannot apply to any other conservatoires in the 2020 entry application cycle.


Commitments at Confirmation

Applicants are expected to honour their commitments at Confirmation.

If they are placed at a conservatoire in the UCAS Conservatoires application scheme, they must take up that place, or withdraw completely from this year’s application cycle. Applicants don’t have the right to turn down the offer and deal with any other conservatoire which recruits through UCAS Conservatoires.

Applicants should contact the conservatoire directly about a change of course, date of entry, or point of entry.