UCAS Extra opens February 25th, here are some of our top tips on how it works.


If you applied to 5 universities and none of them have extended you an offer (their loss!), you now have the option to add another choice in “UCAS Extra”.
UCAS Extra lets you add one more choice at a time. If your first Extra choice doesn’t accept you, you can add another, but you can only ever have one active application at a time. 


Here are a few of our tips on choosing your UCAS Extra option.

  • Write a list of what’s important to you in a university- it might be time to compromise. Now we’re not saying that if you had your heart set on studying physics in London you should suddenly start applying to study Dance in Manchester, but you might not quite be able to get everything you wanted, so be clear in your head what is most important.

  • Investigate similar and related degree courses- If it’s the content you’re interested in, there might be a course on a similar topic but at not quite as high of a level. If it’s the end profession that’s guiding your choice then have a research online, are there any alternative routes? It might take you a little longer, but in the grand scheme of things this is often the best plan!

  • Ask people at your school or college- Teachers and careers advisors are great people to ask, because chances are they’ve taught someone with similar predicted grades to you. Your maths Teacher has probably taught someone in the last couple of years who didn’t quite get offers from Liverpool or Newcastle, and they can tell you where they had more luck!

  • Make sure you really want the choice- Not getting into your choices can be really disappointing, especially if you have your heart set on going to university this year, but rushing into a choice you’re not sure on could be regrettable in the long run. If no other universities or courses really appeal to you, then perhaps look into taking a gap year, doing retakes, or just taking the time to reevaluate what it is you really want to do.

  • Keep your chin up- Most importantly, try and stay positive. Thousands of people don’t get any of their first choices, and although it feels like a major set-back, it’s really not the end of the world. Stay calm and try not to let it get you down, and as always, be sure to ask for extra guidance if you're unsure, or the pressure is really getting to you.

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