If you've used all five choices on your UCAS application, and you're not holding any offers, you could still find a place using UCAS's free service called Extra.
What is UCAS Extra?
UCAS Extra is a service that begins on 25th February 2020 and runs until the 5th July 2020, which essentially allows you to make a sixth choice university.
If you applied for five courses on your UCAS application and didn’t manage to secure any offers, or turned down all the ones you received, UCAS Extra gives you a second chance to apply for a place.
With UCAS Extra, you can only apply for one course at a time, using the Track tool.
Please be aware that if you have declined all the offers you received, and add a choice through UCAS Extra, you will not be able to accept any of your original choices later.
How to use UCAS Extra
You will then be able to search for courses using the Course Search tool over at UCAS.com.
This will tell you which courses still have vacancies – if there are still places, there will be an ‘x’ next to that particular course.
It’s important you check carefully that there are places still available, as you are only allowed to apply for one course at a time through Extra.
It’s also a good idea to contact the university or college before making your application, to make sure you have the right entry requirements and therefore will definitely be able to consider offering you a place.
You should also see if there is an Entry Profile for the course, as this might provide some information on what the institution looks for in its students and give you a better idea of whether you are a suitable candidate.
Once you have decided on the course you would like to apply for, enter the details into the Track system, and UCAS will send your application to the institution.
It’s important you research courses thoroughly before applying through Extra – if you did not receive any offers from your original 5 applications, you may want to consider applying for a related subject, or something different altogether.
UCAS Extra currently doesn't allow candidates to prepare a new online personal statement or reference through them. This can be a disadvantage if you originally applied for a business degree and now wish to make an Extra application for a different course.
However, you can prepare a brand new personal statement relevant for the new course you wish to apply for. This can be sent directly to the additional university. It is a good idea to let them know you have an updated statement to send.
We recommend you ask your referee to update their reference, as they will have at least another two or three months of information on your progress to add to their original statement.
They should then email it to the university once you have submitted your Extra application.
Remember to include your UCAS application number so that your new personal statement can be matched up to the correct UCAS application.
While UCAS Extra isn't a problem for most students, and only a minority apply through Extra, it can be a great option for those who want another chance at a university place but don't want to wait until Clearing starts in July.
What happens next?
If you are offered a place through Extra and accept it, this means you are committed to that institution and you cannot apply anywhere else. UCAS will then give you a date when you need to reply by.
If you decide to turn the offer down, or the university/college turns you down, you can apply for a different course through UCAS Extra, providing there is still enough time.
You can also make another application if you haven't received a decision from your Extra choice within 3 weeks of applying to them.
Try not to worry or be too disappointed if you do not receive any offers through UCAS Extra. You have another chance to apply for courses through Clearing after A Level exam results are out.
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