Once you have applied through UCAS, your application will be sent to the universities you have applied to. You will need to log into UCAS track. You can sign up to get emails or texts to notify when changes to your applications have been made, but our advice is to check it regularly (3 or 4 times a week). We all know that systems can go down, and checking manually will avoid you missing out!
You will usually apply for 5 courses, and you will have 4 possible outcomes with each application:
1) Conditional offer: Your offer will be conditional on meeting specific requirements. For example, an offer may be conditional in you obtaining a B in a particular subject.
2) Unconditional offer: You have been offered a place, but there may be certain non-academic conditions like a health check to complete.
3) Unsuccessful: You have been unable to secure a place at this institution on this course.
4) Withdrawal: If you change your mind, or do not want the offer, you can withdraw.
Once you have received your offers, you will need to make a decision. You will need to confirm two choices, one firm and one insurance. Your firm choice is the one you intend on pursuing. An insurance choice is selected if you have more than one conditional offer, you choose insurance if you are unsuccessful reaching your entry requirements. Once you have chosen your firm and insurance, you are ‘locked in’; changing the courses at this time will involve withdrawing from a course (or maybe more). You really need to consider your acceptances before you make them. It is not impossible to change courses, but you may find you have to go through Extra or Clearing, and you may end up with no course to change to.