Replying to your UCAS Undergraduate offers

Find out about the different replies you can make, and when you need to do this.
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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.

Types of reply

These are the types of reply you can make.

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 offer conditions. 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 offer conditions – 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.
Decline – you'll need to decline any other offers you get.

However, if you decide you don't want to accept any of the offers, you can decline them all and add more courses in our Extra service. Alternatively, you can see what courses still have vacancies later on in our Clearing service.

Please note: You can only accept one firm choice and one insurance choice (if you choose to have one). You must decline all other offers.

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 of 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 one 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 2017 4 May 2017 (if your postal address is in the EU)
5 May 2017 8 June 2017
8 June 2017 22 June 2017
13 July 2017 20 July 2017

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.