Once you've submitted your application
UCAS will send us a copy of your application for us to consider whether to offer you a place to study. We will send you an email to let you know that we have received, and are processing, your application.
Please check your emails regularly for important updates.
What happens next?
Once you have received your confirmation email from us, we will then consider your application to help us reach a decision.
- We check whether you are studying towards (or have studied) the correct qualifications for entry on your desired course.
- We see whether any predicted grades meet our requirements for the course.
- We read your personal statement.
- If necessary, we will invite you to an interview (for certain courses only).
- For details on additional costs relating to your degree such as required equipment and field trips please check your programme page.
For our standard courses (excluding health courses and some arts courses that require a portfolio or audition), you will receive a decision about your application within 14 days of application submission.
You'll also be notified by the UCAS Track system if you have been unsuccessful in your application.
Received an offer?
If you have received an offer to study with us, congratulations!
You’ll have another opportunity to visit us by attending one of our invite-only Offer Holder Days. These events are subject-specific and tailored to give you the chance to explore your chosen subject in much more detail.
We will also send you regular communications about your application and the next steps in your applicant journey.
Firm and insurance choices
Once you have received decisions from the institutions you applied to, and you feel ready to make your decision, you will need to choose your firm and insurance choices in UCAS Track.
Firm choice: this is your first choice – the place you most want to go to. If you accept our conditional offer and meet the conditions, you’ll have a confirmed place here.
Insurance choice: this is the choice you’d want if you didn't meet the conditions of your firm choice. If you receive a conditional offer to study with us, you still need to meet the conditions for your insurance place to be confirmed.
It’s important that you’re happy with both your firm and insurance choices and that they are in the right order as you cannot choose between the two when you get your results. Make sure you choose an offer from a university which is achievable and that your insurance choice has different conditions.
Choosing your firm choice
If you have several offers, and you’re still not 100% sure about where you want to study, it can suddenly feel like a big decision to have to choose firm and insurance choices.
It can be useful to compare institutions’ advantages and disadvantages against the things you are particularly looking for – things may have changed since you submitted your application.
Here are some things to consider that might help you decide the University of Plymouth is right for you.
Attend an Offer Holder Day – ask as many questions as possible – it's a great opportunity to grill current students, support services and academics!
Your support network – your university family is wider than you think at Plymouth! Whether it’s mental health support, advice on careers and placement or financial aid, we’ve got your back.
Explore the accommodation – we guarantee a place in halls – either University-managed or from accredited private providers – to all undergraduate first-year students who make Plymouth their firm first choice and apply before the date stated on the Accommodation webpage.
Find your new home – you'll be living in the city for at least three years, so make sure Plymouth has all the amenities you want and you’ll be comfortable here.
If you will be under the age of 18 when you start your studies, you are required to provide us with details of a guardian in line with our safeguarding policy.
If you've used all five choices on your application and aren't holding any offers, you may be able to apply for another course through UCAS Extra.
Advice for parents and guardians
To find out more about how you can support your child with their application, head to our dedicated parent guide. Find important dates, information on funding and how to book on to an Open Day, amongst other helpful advice.
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