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COVID-19 and it's effect on the application process for UK universities

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

What does this mean for your application?

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 your time to assess your options and make the decision that is right for you. UCAS have 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, they’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, they 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 they 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.

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