I don't have an offer. Can UCAS Extra help?

There are many reasons why you might not have decided on which college or university you want to go to yet. It might be that your applications have been unsuccessful, or that you’ve changed your mind since applying and have declined your offers. Whatever the situation, if you still want to go on to further study, there are options.

UCAS Extra is one of them.

UCAS Extra allows you to apply for courses that still have vacancies between the end of February and the beginning of July. This gives you another chance to secure the course you've always dreamt of.

The low-down on UCAS Extra

  • To be eligible, you need to have already applied for five places and either received no offers or declined them all.
  • It’s free to use and opens on the 25th February.
  • You can only apply for one new course at a time.
  • If you’re unsuccessful or choose to decline again, you can apply to another choice.
  • Once you’ve accepted, you’re committed and can’t apply anywhere else, until Clearing opens.

Is this my last chance?

No. Don't panic. If you don’t receive or accept an offer through Extra, you can still apply through Clearing.

Courteney Sheppard, UCAS’ Senior Customer Experience Manager explains that:

There’s always another route on offer through UCAS Extra.

"Whether you’ve changed your mind," she says, "or things haven’t quite turned out how you first planned... You can choose to apply for a course in the same subject as your original application, or use it an opportunity to go in a different direction."

For details of the courses on offer, more information and support, visit the UCAS website.

UCAS Extra

Need to do a bit more research?

Remember, it’s your future so it’s important to think really carefully about what you want to do with it.

There’s loads of advice on our Bitesize Careers pages to help you navigate your next steps, whether that’s an apprenticeship, college course, university studies, a gap year or starting work.

Whilst exciting, making decisions about your future can also be stressful and it's normal to feel a little overwhelmed. We’ve got lots of advice on our Support pages to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing during this tricky time.

However, if you feel really anxious and worried about your future, make sure you speak to an adult that you trust, or your GP, about your feelings. YoungMinds also offer support and guidance which you might find useful.

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