After you’ve submitted your UCAS application for an undergraduate degree

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).

Our decision

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 chance to visit us by attending one of our invite-only offer holder days, where you’ll be able to think more about starting university life at Plymouth, familiarising yourself with the campus, course facilities and teaching staff, as well as meeting future course mates.

Find out more about offer holder days

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.

UCAS: understanding types of undergraduate offers

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.

Why Plymouth?


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.

Find out more and complete the form

No offers?

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.