If your results are as expected and you’ve met the conditions of one of your university offers
Well done! You’ve worked hard to meet your predicted grades, and it’s paid off: you’ve either been accepted into your firm choice, or, if your results were just a little lower, you’ve got a spot at your insurance choice. If this is the case, you’ll find your university place confirmed in UCAS Track.
Should you decide that you’re no longer interested in this course, you’ll have to officially decline your offer (‘decline my place’ in UCAS Track).
In select cases, you’ll also have to contact your university directly to ask to be officially released.
Once you no longer hold any offers (you may have to repeat the process for your insurance choice), you’ll automatically be enrolled in Clearing. UCAS Track will update You are in Clearing’: time to start course-hunting!
Had a change of heart? You can apply for a completely different course (or subject), but universities will have access to your personal statement, so be prepared to explain why you’re suddenly applying for something totally different!
Don’t just say it’s because you got a better grade in that subject. The course you enrol in will be one of the biggest parts of your life for the next three years, and it could even determine your future career pathway.
If you find yourself unable to explain your change of direction to another person, then it’s worth taking a step back and making sure you’ve considered your other options.