Accepting an offer
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A quick note about A level cancellations and what it means for you
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, A levels in 2020 have been cancelled, but please don't worry. We're not going anywhere and you'll still be getting your A level and other exam results in the summer.
Right now, we're working with everyone involved – including UCAS, exam boards and the Government – to figure out how the admissions process will work for students who want to start in autumn 2020.
We'll work out a solution and once the situation becomes clearer, we'll be as excited as ever to welcome you to the University.
So for now, all you need to focus on is keeping up your hand hygiene and staying safe.
Accepting an offer to study here is simple:
If you applied through UCAS, you need to let us know your decision in UCAS Track.
If you applied to us directly, you just need to log in to your online account and let us know your decision.
Types of offer
There are 2 types of offer – conditional and unconditional.
A conditional offer means you have a place once you meet specific conditions, usually certain exam results. If you're doing an undergraduate course, you need to meet the conditions of your offer by 31 August in the year you start your course.
An unconditional offer means you have a guaranteed place as long you provide proof of your qualifications, and pass any other checks (such as a health check or criminal records check) if relevant. Most applicants who get unconditional offers already have their exam results. We also give unconditional offers to talented students who don't have their results yet through our Unconditional Offer Scheme.
Accepting offers in UCAS Track
Before you confirm your decision in UCAS Track, you need to wait for all the unis you chose to get back to you.
If you applied by the UCAS deadline (15 January), all unis will get back to you with a decision by early May. Some will get back to you earlier than this. You’ll get several weeks to make a decision once all your unis have got back to you. So don’t rush it.
You’ll see decisions for each of your choices in UCAS Track. There are 5 types of decision:
- unconditional offer
- conditional offer
- invitation received – this means you’ve been invited to an interview, test or exam
- unsuccessful – this means you haven’t been accepted
- withdrawn – this means the uni has suspended or closed your choice
You don’t have to make a decision on your choices until all your unis get back to you in Track. You can then:
- Select 1 course as your firm (first) choice
- Select 1 course as your insurance (back up) choice if your firm choice is a conditional offer (you can’t select an insurance choice if your firm choice is an unconditional offer)
You’ll then decline any other offers. You can decline all offers if you want.
Changing your mind
If you change your mind about your firm or insurance choice, you can make changes within 14 days of accepting it by contacting UCAS. After that, you'll need to contact us. You can do this up until 19 July.
If you've accepted a conditional offer, we may be able to confirm your place earlier than official results day on 13 August. If you don't get the grades needed, you may be able to apply through Clearing earlier. But we can't guarantee this. Many universities, including us, will need to make changes to admission processes in light of exams being cancelled.
Your unconditional offer remains unconditional and is not affected by exam cancellations.
Deferring your place to 2021
If you hold an offer to start in Autumn 2020 and are thinking of deferring, please contact us to discuss your options:
Applicants under 18
Some students start with us before they turn 18. According to the law, you’re a minor until you're 18, so we have to make certain extra considerations when offering you a place.
If you’re under 18 when you apply or receive your offer, you’ll need to ask your parents or guardian to complete our parental/guardian consent form. We can't take parental responsibility for you when you're a student here, so it's important your parents consent to the activities you'll be involved in as part of your studies.
You’ll find our parental/guardian consent form on page 7 of our Under 18 Admissions Policy.
Once your parents or guardian fill out the consent form, you’ll need to return it to our Admissions Office at email@example.com or through the post to:
University Admissions Office
Department of Student and Academic Administration
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth, PO1 2UP
Appointing a UK guardian
If you’re under 18 when you accept your offer and your parents or guardian live outside of the UK, they’ll need to appoint someone to be your UK guardian. If you don’t have friends or family in the UK, there are organisations that can help you find the right person to support you. You can find out more about these organisations through the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS).
To appoint a UK guardian, your parents should complete the form on page 8 of our Under 18 Admissions Policy. Your UK guardian should complete the form on page 7. You’ll need to return both forms to the University Admissions Office when accepting your offer. See above for the Admissions Office contact details.