UCAS Extra is a service that begins at the end of February and runs until the end of June.
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.
You will then be able to search for courses using the Course Search tool on the UCAS website.
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.
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.