Choosing a University

If your son or daughter has been unsuccessful with all five of their university choices, or if they've changed their mind and declined any offers they received, then there's still time for them to secure a place for this autumn through UCAS Extra.

From 25 February 2011, anyone who is eligible for Extra is able to make another choice using UCAS Track. Your son or daughter should use Course Search on the UCAS website to see which courses are available. The courses they can apply for are easy to find as they're listed with an 'x' next to them.

Once they've made their choice and added it to their application, it's a case of waiting for the university or college to make their decision. If they make your son or daughter an offer, then there are two options - to accept or decline the place.

If they choose to accept the offer then they must reply to it before the date shown in Track. This will become their firm choice so they won't be able to make any further choices.

If they decline it - or if they were unsuccessful - then they will be able to make another Extra choice immediately.

Only one choice can be made at a time through Extra, but the process continues up until 6 July so if your son or daughter doesn't secure a place straight away they shouldn't panic, as there is time for them to apply for a number of choices.

For more information about Extra and the UCAS application process, visit


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