After you've applied to university

What happens after I apply through UCAS?

The universities you’ve applied to will make decisions on whether to offer you a place or not. If you’re offered a place you’ll be given a Conditional or Unconditional offer. Unconditional means you’ve already met the conditions the university asks for, whilst Conditional means you’ll need to meet the conditions they set – usually by gaining certain grades in your exams.

Once all your universities have made decisions, UCAS will email you (or contact you by letter if you don’t have a valid email address) with a deadline date for your replies. You should check UCAS Track and mark your decisions there. You’re usually given at least four weeks to think things over.

You must make a Firm Choice and Insurance Choice and Decline all other offers.

What is a Firm Choice?

Your Firm Choice university should be the one you most want to attend. By making this your Firm Choice, you’re saying that you agree to study here as long as you meet the conditions of your offer.

What does Insurance Choice mean?

Your Insurance Choice is your back-up university, so if you miss out on the grades for your Firm Choice, you should hopefully have met the conditions of the Insurance Choice university. When choosing an Insurance Choice it’s wise to make sure that you’re confident you can meet those conditions. Don’t choose a university that’s asking for similar conditions as your Firm Choice. Remember, this is your back-up plan!

Am I able to change my mind later on?

Unfortunately not. By making universities your Firm and Insurance choices you’re entering into a contract with them. If you meet the conditions of your Firm choice, you must study there. If you miss out on your Firm Choice, but meet the conditions of your Insurance Choice, you must study there.

Things to consider when making your choices…

Choose the right course for you – Consider the quality and structure of the course; think about what you’d enjoy studying, what your personal interests are and what you’d like to do at the end of your studies.

Choose the right university – Consider rankings and reputation, but also where you would like to live. What kind of university experience are you hoping for – a bustling and busy city centre campus, or somewhere smaller with a closer-knit student community? Would you like to live somewhere urban, or somewhere with stunning scenery and opportunities for outdoor activities?

Other things to consider are living costs, financial support, support services and academic and social facilities. What kind of accommodation does the university offer and what kind of social life will you have…

Find out more about your choices…Look at university websites, social media sites and prospectuses for more information on what they offer. Gain current students’ views by asking questions on Facebook, or Tweet the university directly. Follow the university on Instagram and YouTube and check out the chat rooms on The Student Room to discuss your choices.

Attend a UCAS Applicant Visit Day. The universities that offer you places will invite you to Applicant Visit Days – go along to see first-hand what the university and your course will be like.

Ask friends, family, teachers and careers advisors for their advice. But make sure you make the decision that’s right for you and you’ll have the best chance of enjoying your university experience!

So why choose Bangor?

Main ArtsSatisfied students

There are many reasons to study at Bangor. The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

A world class university

Bangor is a world-class university which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Unique location & friendly atmosphere

Bangor is also located in one of the most spectacular settings in the UK. The city itself is small, friendly and compact, and the main University campus is within walking distance of our Halls of Residence and the city centre. There’s a special student atmosphere in Bangor, with students making up most of the city’s residents. Surrounded by mountains and sea, and with a wealth of student clubs and societies, there’s also plenty to keep you occupied. The University also provides free membership to the Students' Union’s clubs and societies.

Student support

You may also wish to study at a University that places emphasis on student support. The University runs one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the UK to make sure you settle in and enjoy your time here. We also offer a generous scholarships and bursaries scheme of over £3m.

Award winning accommodation

Our accommodation has been rated as the best in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016). We have over 3,000 rooms available in our halls of residence, most of which are located at the Ffriddoedd Village. A brand new development of 600 rooms has also recently opened at St Mary's Village.

As a University we are also keen that your studies place you in the best position possible to start your career. All new Bangor students will have the opportunity to undertake the Bangor Employability Award, which means earning accreditation for work and study related activities you undertake alongside your degree. Our Careers and Employability Service will also help you transfer the skills you gain during your studies into work experience and employment.

For more information about Bangor, take a look at our Undergraduate Courses and Student Life, or get in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

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