FAQs - for current UCAS applicants (September 2020 start)

Universities and Colleges must provide ‘absolute clarity’ about how courses will be taught and what campus life will look like. You should be receiving communications from your firm choice university or college. Check the email account you provided on your UCAS application and if you have questions, be proactive. Get in touch with them.

If you’re concerned about student finance, the Student Loans Company has issued guidance: gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-prospective-students to prospective students and answers to common questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You don’t need to make replies until you’ve had decisions back from all your choices. When you’ve had all your decisions, your reply date will show in Track. UCAS has set an extended deadline of 18 June to accept their offers.

You would need to contact your chosen university or college to discuss this. UCAS provides further advice on this matter: ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/when-apply/deferred-entry 

We would always advise that you talk to your firm choice university in the first instance. If you still intend to look for an alternative, Clearing offers an opportunity to pursue different courses that still have vacancies. Clearing starts on July 6.

If you are a Year 13 learner who is waiting on A level or BTEC results, you may wish to wait for your grades first before considering your options.

The organisations who award exam results are developing processes for deciding your grades. More information is available: ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/coronavirus-covid-19/calculated-grades-your-questions-answered

Results from A levels (and other Level 3 examinations) will be published on Thursday, 13 August.

More information is currently expected on this. There will also be a process to appeal exam results which can be pursued in conjunction with your school or college. You will also have the opportunity to sit the exams in the Autumn.

Updates are available on the Ofqual website.

If you have accepted an offer and already declared this information on your UCAS application, your firm choice university will be in touch to discuss your circumstances.

If you have not volunteered this information on your UCAS, then it’s very important you contact your firm choice/preferred university without delay. They will advise you further.

You may be eligible for further financial support. Your university or college may also be able to make ‘necessary adjustments’ to help with your learning and teaching and ensure you have the best possible student experience.

An overview of the support currently provided for disabled students across Greater Manchester’s universities can be found: gmhigher.ac.uk/disabledlearners


Yes, if you:

  • have spent time in care
  • are estranged from your parents
  • act as a carer at home

More information can be found: gmhigher.ac.uk/targeted-learners/

If you have not declared this information in the relevant part of your UCAS application, you should get in touch with your firm choice university immediately for advice.

FAQs - if you're yet to apply (September 2020 start)

No, it isn’t. The majority of higher education courses are continuing to recruit. UCAS course search will allow you to research your options. Be mindful of the entry requirements to get on the course.

How to apply:

Information about deadlines and what to do next can be found: ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-to-university

You may wish to read about Clearing, which starts on 6 July: ucas.com/undergraduate/results-clearing

It is very important to take your time when researching your options and to access the information that matters most to your decision-making.

There are lots of ways to research courses and data sources that will help you to compare one course against another across many different criteria. The Discover Uni website is one site not to overlook: discoveruni.gov.uk/

Advisers within universities and colleges will be happy to help you further. You might even be invited on a Virtual Open Day or be able to talk to a student on the course that interests you or an academic who teaches on it.

If you’re worried about falling one or two grades short of the course entry requirements, don’t write yourself off. Contact the university in question. They may still invite an application from you.

If the course asks for a specific exam subject which you have not studied, ask the university about a Foundation Year. This is an extra year of study and may offer a way into your degree of choice.

Yes, but don’t leave it until the very last minute as your finance might not be in place on the day you start the course. You will find all the information you need: ucas.com/sfe