Application decisions

When we first assess applications, we can make one of the three following decisions:

  • to make you an offer straight away;
  • to make an application unsuccessful straight away;
  • or to invite you to interview (for certain courses only).

Sometimes we may put the application on hold, pending one of these three outcomes.

When an application is put on hold

Putting an application on hold means that we have assessed the application and decided that the applicant meets the entry requirements for our offer, but we are unable to make a final decision.

We may need to wait to make a final decision so that:

  • we can assess more applications;
  • we know how many offers we can make to fill the available places.

We often put applications on hold until after the 15 January UCAS application deadline so that we can consider all applications fairly. Making too many offers early in the cycle might mean that we have too many students to fit into our teaching space or accommodation.

We may put applications on hold until we know how many of our offers are being accepted. This gives us the best chance to get the right number of students on each course, ultimately to provide our students with the best university experience.

Effect on other applications

Putting your application on hold won't affect your other applications. You can only reply to your offers when you have received all your decisions. If another university has made you an offer, they won’t withdraw it or change it just because you haven’t had a decision on one of your other applications.

UCAS’s key dates timeline explains when you have to reply to your offers, depending on when you received all your decisions. The UCAS website also has more information about replying to your offers.

When to expect a final decision

When you receive a decision will depend on when you applied in the UCAS cycle and how many applications need to be assessed for that course. We appreciate that waiting for a decision can be frustrating, but we do our best not to make any applications unsuccessful until we are certain that we cannot make an offer.

Our aim is to make final decisions by 31 March for everyone who applied by the 15 January deadline. Some decisions may not be made until 4 May (the deadline set by UCAS).

Anyone who applied between 16 January and 30 June will receive a final decision by 13 July, however we aim to make our decisions before then.

Successful applications

If we make you an offer, it will either be a conditional offer or an unconditional offer. Find out about the types of offers we make, and how to accept your offer.

Unsuccessful applications

We do not review admissions decisions, but we can offer you feedback on your application. For feedback on an unsuccessful application, please email our Enquiries team with your UCAS Personal ID and the name of the course you applied for. Read more about our applicant feedback procedure.

Unfortunately, if your application is unsuccessful, we will not be able to consider you for a different course. More information is available in our admissions policies.

Track your UCAS application

Use Track to see if you've been invited to interviews or received offers from your chosen universities.

Extenuating circumstances

If personal, health or other issues have affected your education, read our guidance on how and when to submit extenuating circumstances.

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