What happens after you apply

Undergraduate applications - what next?

So, you’ve done your research and decided to apply to university. Good going! If you’ve selected UEA as one of your choices, that application will now have been sent to us by UCAS, and our teams will be checking it over. 


There are a number of things you can do in this post-application phase so you’re prepared once you receive a response. Let’s look at the steps below. 

1.    Your application arrives…

UCAS processes your application and sends it our way. We’ll drop an acknowledgement email to you when we’ve received the application. Make sure you note down your UCAS serial number, as this should be quoted in any correspondence with UEA — it also allows us to quickly identify your specific records. 

Each of our Faculties and Schools handles applications differently, and there’s no set length of time in which you’ll hear back. So don’t worry if you don’t get an immediate response!

2.    We’ll review it

At UEA, we pride ourselves on helping students grow academically, socially and personally. We know there’s more to you than your grades, and there’s more to the university experience too. That’s why we’ll always consider every aspect of every application, including experiences, interests and the quality of each personal statement. In the process of making our decision, we may: 

•    Invite you to an interview (this is only applicable for some courses)
•    Ask you to provide more information
•    Hold your application until we know more about other applicants (this could be due to the competitive nature of the course, or your qualifications not quite meeting the entry requirements).

3.    Track your application

Check how your application is progressing, and respond to any offers you receive using UCAS track.

4.    Decision time!

We’ll then come to one of the following decisions:

•    Conditional — You still need to meet some conditions to gain your place (these are usually grade based), but you’re on your way!

•    Unconditional — Congratulations, you’ve got a place!

•    Unsuccessful — Unfortunately, some applicants may not receive an offer from us. But don’t fret, there are still options! For example, we may be able to offer you a place on an alternative course. Or…

•    A change course offer – if we are unable to offer you a place on the original course you’ve applied to, we are sometime able to offer you an alternative.  You’ll see this on UCAS track and you will be given a conditional or unconditional offer.

If you’ve used all 5 choices up on UCAS but not received an offer, or decide to decline your offers, you may be able to add a further choice via UCAS Extra. 

We mainly keep in touch by email, so if your email address changes, please update it through UCAS. Look out for our emails, they'll be sent from admissions@uea.ac.uk — if you add this email to your address book, we won't get caught in any spam filters.

5.    Apply for loans, scholarships and bursaries

If you get a conditional or unconditional offer, you can apply for a range of student finance (student loans, scholarships and bursaries) before you start your course. You don’t have to wait for your exam results, so do look into the financial support that each of your choices provides, and apply as soon as you can.

6.    Applicant Days

If you’ve successfully applied to study at UEA, you’ll receive an invitation from us to come along to an Applicant Day, so keep an eye on your emails! These are exclusive events for offer holders to come, meet lecturers and get a taste for the course you’ve applied for. Most importantly, you'll get to meet other like-minded UEA offer holders and get to know some of your future friends.

7.    Choose your firm choice

If you get an offer — and once you've received decisions from all your uni choices, you’ll be prompted by UCAS to choose a firm (first) choice and an insurance (second) choice.

8.    Celebrate!

You may still have exams or results to follow, but you've made a huge step in your journey to joining us. Take some time to start researching UEA Life and get excited about your new chapter.
Considering a gap year, or otherwise deferring your entry?
If you’re thinking about travelling or taking some time out from studies, you can apply for ‘deferred entry’ on UCAS when you complete your application. 
Alternatively, if you have a change of heart a little down the line, you can ask to defer your entry by getting in touch with universities directly. 
Many courses accept deferred entry, but some don’t. Contact us to find out if your course accepts deferred entry before you submit your application.


Keep an eye on Clearing

If your results are different to what you expected, or you decide to change your choice, then Clearing might be a route for you. This is the period leading up to and immediately following A-Level Results Day, where you can call or live chat universities and ask about places on specific courses. 

So, those are the steps that take place when you’ve sent an application. But you need not wait and twiddle your thumbs — in the meantime, you can speak to our students, staff, advisors and experts about life at UEA, which will help build excitement for what could be the great next steps in your life! 

Already received your offer?