Information for UCAS Undergraduate applicants
University offers and decisions
The UK Government asked universities and colleges to temporarily stop making unconditional offers or amending existing offers following the coronavirus outbreak – this is because they were worried you would feel pressured to accept these offers over others you might be better suited to. This has now been lifted, and your offer status will be listed in Track.
It is important you take you time to assess your options and make the decision that is right for you. We’ve given students more time to make decisions on their offers:
- If you receive your last decision on or before 4 June 2020, your reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if you're using Extra to find a place).
- If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, your reply date is 20 July 2020 (including Extra choices).
If you’ve been given an extension, we’ve emailed your new decision deadline to you.
It’s important to remember that offers are not decided on grades alone. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of the decision-making process, along with your interview, portfolio, audition, and any other information that’s relevant to your potential to succeed on an undergraduate course.
There will be plenty of opportunities for you in Clearing should you wish to explore them. If you change your mind and want to change course or university, you can use self-release to quickly move to your new choice.
At UCAS, we will continue to support you through the application process and keep you up-to-date as more announcements are made.
Notifying unis and colleges of my grade
Don’t worry, you don’t need to do anything. Your application will continue through the admissions process the same as it would if you had taken your examinations or assessments as expected. UCAS will still receive your grades from the awarding bodies and pass them on to your chosen unis as we have in previous years. View the full list of grades we’ll process.
This means the universities or colleges you have applied to will treat your application fairly and consistently, and will consider these grades in the same way as any qualifications from previous years.
- If you’re holding a conditional offer – your offer will still become unconditional if you meet the offer conditions (usually related to your grades).
- If you’ve already accepted an unconditional offer – this does not affect your offer.
- If your application is unsuccessful – you can still use Extra and Clearing as thousands of other students before you have to find your place.
- If you’re applying as a private candidate – you need to get in touch directly with the universities or colleges you have applied to. Be assured they will consider your circumstances when they review your application.
You can read more on gov.uk.
Keeping up-to-date with changes
Universities and colleges are adapting their teaching practices – this may result in larger lectures moving online, changes to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and changes to campus formats to keep you as safe as possible.
It’s likely information in prospectuses and guides may be out-of-date as they would have been produced before the impact of coronavirus was known.
To find out the latest information, check university and college websites to see what adaptations they will be making. Make sure you’re aware of any changes, and know your rights, and the information you should receive, before confirming your place.
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), used in the selection process by the majority of UK university medical and dental schools, has announced a choice of sitting the UCAT either online or at one of their test centres. For more information, read their full announcement.
Teacher training providers are adapting their recruitment processes in light of coronavirus, meaning you can apply for programmes that are open and starting this year.
Applying for teacher training programmes in Wales
The Welsh Government has confirmed that recruitment for programmes in the 2020 cycle is continuing, and there are some changes to the way that training providers will process applications:
Written tasks (where required) and interviews will take place remotely. The requirement to take part in a group interview has been suspended, so for the time being you won’t be asked to complete one of these.
Literacy and numeracy tests, and equivalency tests – if it’s not possible for you to meet these requirements in advance, a provider may allow you to join their programme with the agreement that you’ll complete them during your training. This means if you’re not successful in meeting the requirements, you may be withdrawn from the programme.
Your chosen provider(s) will give you all the information you need in advance of any interviews, written tasks, or meeting entry requirements. It’s important to keep in touch with them so you know what to expect.
More information may become available in the future – you’ll find up-to-date advice on this page.
Applying for teacher training programmes in England
The Department for Education (DfE) has shared guidance for applicants applying for teacher training programmes in England, confirming that recruitment for programmes starting in the 2020 cycle is continuing. It contains advice around aspects such as school experience, interviews, and funding.
If you’ve already applied for teacher training programmes in England
Training providers may have made some changes to the way they process applications – for instance, interviews may take place online or over the phone. You’ll receive any information you need about this from your chosen provider(s).
If you haven’t already applied for teacher training programmes in England
You can still apply for your chosen training programmes – you’ll need to register and apply on ucas.com. As part of your application, you’ll need two referees to complete references. Be aware that if they work in a school or university, their availability to help you with this might be limited, so it’s important to contact them first to find out if they’re able to support your application in this way.
Get advice about becoming a teacher from Get into Teaching – their team is still available to offer advice and support over the phone and online. They’re available Monday – Friday, from 08:30 – 17:00. Find out how to contact them. Additionally, for personalised one-to-one support throughout your application journey, ask to be allocated a Teacher Training Adviser.
Some training providers may have temporarily closed their recruitment – this is if they aren’t able to recruit while they’re closed. If they have vacancies, they may reopen them again, so keep checking the Department for Education’s ‘Find postgraduate teacher training’ service (for training programmes in England) and UCAS’ search tool (for training programmes in Wales).
Interviews might be different – some training providers are conducting their interviews online or over the phone, so they can continue considering applications and offering places. If you’re invited to an interview, they’ll give you all the information you need.
Follow us to stay up-to-date – if this advice changes, we’ll let you know. We’ll also post the latest information on our social media channels, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also post your questions for our team of advisers to answer.
We use quite a few terms in the application process – if you need to check any, they're all explained in our glossary.