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After you apply

We're delighted that you have applied to study with us. Find out what to expect after you have submitted your application.

Track your application

You can track your application with UCAS Hub.

UCAS will contact you by email or letter once you have at least one offer. If you are offered a place, your offer will be either unconditional or conditional:

Unconditional offers

This means that you have met all the academic requirements and we are happy to accept you.

Conditional offers

This means that we will offer you a place if you meet certain conditions which are usually based on your exams or an English language test. Once you have met the conditions and accepted your place through UCAS, your offer will become unconditional.


Depending on the course, we may invite you to an interview, an information day or ask you to provide a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be clearly indicated in UCAS Hub.

When will I hear?

The sooner you submit your application through UCAS (after it opens on 1 September) the earlier you should start to receive offers. However, bear in mind that universities and colleges have until early May to make their decision.

You must now consider the offers you've received and inform UCAS of your choice through the UCAS hub. The deadline by which you must reply will be displayed in the hub.

Great news, if you’ve received an offer from Cardiff University. From world-class campus facilities to excellent career prospects, there are plenty of reasons to choose Cardiff University for your undergraduate studies.

You have three options:

Firm acceptance

This is your first/preferred choice. You can only have one firm acceptance.

Insurance acceptance (optional)

If your firm acceptance is a conditional offer, you can accept another offer (conditional or unconditional) as an insurance choice in case you fail to meet the terms of your firm acceptance. You can only have one insurance acceptance.


You must decline all other offers. If you do not wish to accept any offers made, you can decline them all. Depending on your circumstances, you may then be eligible to use UCAS Extra or clearing.

For detailed information on how and when to reply to offers, please visit the UCAS website.

What to do if you have no offers

If you receive no offers or choose to decline all offers, you might be able to apply through UCAS Extra for another course. You will only be able to apply to courses that still have vacancies. Extra is open from the end of February to early July. In Extra, you apply for one course at a time using the UCAS Hub.

To be eligible for UCAS Extra you need to have:

  • already made five choices
  • received decisions from all these choices, and
  • either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received.

Remember: If you decline your offers and add an Extra choice, you will not be able to accept any of your original choices later.

Please see the UCAS website for further information.

Many exam results are sent to us from UCAS directly, so you don't need to send us copies. You can check UCAS to see which exam results they receive.

If your results are not provided to the University by UCAS you will need to upload a copy of your official certificate or transcript via the online application service.

If you are not able to upload a copy of your results, you can email or post them to us. Please don't send us original documents in the post.

The university is bound by the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 in terms of safeguarding personal information. The University will not discuss your application with anyone unless you have given written permission for the University to do so.

You can authorise someone to respond to our requests for information, submit correspondence and make decisions, for example accommodation preferences, on your behalf. This can be particularly useful if gap year travel is planned. Details should be sent in writing to admissions.

We hope Results day will be a day to celebrate, but if it doesn’t go to plan it’s important to be prepared.​ The best way to get ready is to be aware of all your options and plan for every scenario.

What your results mean

There are three main scenarios: the first is that you do better than expected, the second is you receive the grades you wanted, and the third is that you do not receive the grades you needed to secure your place at university.

Find out more about what your results mean and what to do when you have them.

If you do not meet the conditions of any of the offers you have accepted, the universities you have chosen may not offer you a place.

You can check UCAS to see if you're eligible for clearing. UCAS will not send anything in the post to tell you if you are eligible, so it is important that you check online.

Contact us

For more information about applying to study with us, please ask us a question using the contact form.

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