The UCFB Admissions team will check your application against a pre-determined set of criteria, including predicted exam results, existing qualifications, your personal statement and academic references, before we respond to you.

This section is intended to help you understand the decision you have received and what you should be doing next.

Once UCFB has received your application and reviewed the information provided, there are a number of different responses you may receive from us, this section should help you to understand what our response means and what you need to do.

What does my response mean?
Conditional offers

A conditional offer means that we would like to offer you a place to study with us, however you must wait until you have received your final qualification as the offer will be made to you based on achieving certain grades and/or amount of UCAS points. This is typically because you do not meet our entry requirements at the time of applying but you have enough time to take the necessary qualifications or exams and meet our minimum entry requirements in time to enrol.

Remember that you must have your results and evidence by August 31st, after this date we are able to reject your application for not meeting our requirements by the deadline so you must aim to get your results and conditions met no later than August 31st.

You met the conditions of our offer

Congratulations, you achieved everything we asked for in your conditional offer and maybe even done a bit better! We will update your application to unconditional very soon either on UCAS or via email, once you have your unconditional offer your place at UCFB is confirmed and it’s time to start thinking about beginning your student journey with us.

You did not meet the conditions of our offer

If you have not fully met your offer conditions, then your application will go back to admissions and the UCFB academic team for further consideration. This is often an extremely stressful time for applicants and we understand that you may wish to receive a decision from us as soon as possible. Please keep in mind however that this is a very important decision for us which often takes time, we will do all that we can to make sure that your application is given serious and careful consideration as quickly as possible.

This is where your personal statement, application and reference gets a great deal of scrutiny once again, we will consider how close you came to meeting your conditions, your strengths, weaknesses and extracurricular profile. If we still feel that despite not meeting our conditions, you have demonstrated sufficient motivation and ability to succeed once on a UCFB programme we will offer you a place.

Unconditional offers

This means you’ve already met the entry requirements and a place at that institution is yours should you choose to accept it. The majority of applicants receive an unconditional offer in July or August following exam results being released, but if you have already achieved all of your qualifications and met our entry requirements then you generally receive an unconditional offer much earlier.

Alternative offers

In some instances UCFB might offer an alternative pathway to the one you have applied for based on our assessment of your application.

Unsuccessful applications

In some cases, an applicant may apply to us who has not fully met the entry requirements or whose academic background suggests that they may not presently be in the best position to take advantage of a UCFB degree, succeed in their studies and get the experience they deserve from us.

This is always a difficult decision to make but often a necessary one; there is nothing worse than seeing a student take out a student loan and enrol in higher education only to struggle and leave early. If you receive an unsuccessful application decision from us then do not despair, there is often something you can do to strengthen your application and submit a successful application for a future intake.

The best thing you can do in this circumstance is to email admissions@ucfb.com to request some further feedback on your decision – we’d be happy to assist you and advise you on ways of strengthening a future application to UCFB.

Unsuccessful applications and feedback

In some cases, our decision may be that we are unable to accept you and offer you a place at this time. This is usually when we feel that you need some further study or development to ensure that you have the best possible chance to succeed at UCFB.

If you receive an unsuccessful decision and would like some further advice, guidance or feedback, please email us on admissions@ucfb.com. We are always happy to help advise and guide you on making successful future application.

Interviews and assessments

In some cases we may invite an applicant in for an interview or a further assessment to find out more about them or help to make our decision. This often seems daunting to applicants and is something that can cause a great deal of nerves. It is worth remembering that we do not invite applicants for interview unless we feel that they could potentially succeed on the programme. This is a chance to meet you, find out more about you and to give you a chance to show that would you be a fantastic UCFB student.

Undergraduate degrees

Applicants invited to an interview and assessment for a degree typically do not have one of the common entry qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs or an Access course and often have professional experience or vocational qualifications. Applicants are asked to sit a Level 2 (GCSE A-C standard) maths test and complete a short written exercise.

Interviews will typically take place with at least one academic and a member of the admissions team and will give you an opportunity to discuss your skills and suitability as well as find out more about the programme and UCFB experience.

Postgraduate programmes

All UCFB Masters programmes ask for a 2:1 degree in any discipline, however we do accept applicants with a 2:2 degree or lower following a thorough investigation of your previous qualifications and experience.

We are specifically looking for applicants who have previously shown strong research or analytical skills (e.g. a grade of 60%+ in their dissertation module). Applicants who do not meet this requirement through their qualifications may be invited in for an interview with our postgraduate programme leader to find out more about them and their background. Applicants will typically be set a written exercise following this interview and applicants who are able to demonstrate potential to succeed on their chosen programme will typically be made an offer following this process.

Further information
Bursary information

When will I receive my bursary if I meet the conditions of my original offer?

You will receive your bursary as an enrolled UCFB student and the payment will be made in three equal instalments at the start of each term.

Will the bursary be paid directly to me?

No, this will be paid to your accommodation provider or as contribution towards a travel card.

I do not plan to stay in UCFB accommodation. Can I put my bursary towards my chosen halls of residence?

Unfortunately not. Your bursary can only go towards UCFB’s approved accommodation providers.

When will UCAS Track be updated with my Unconditional Offer?

This will be updated within 10 working days of the offer being made in writing, although we hope to have many offers out before this.

If your application was successful please visit I Have Accepted an Offer from UCFB for information on the next steps.

In some cases we may invite an applicant in for an interview or a further assessment to find out more about them or help to make our decision. This often seems daunting to applicants and is something that can cause a great deal of nerves. It is worth remembering that we do not invite applicants for interview unless we feel that they could potentially succeed on the programme. This is a chance to meet you, find out more about you and to give you a chance to show that would you be a fantastic UCFB student.

Undergraduate degrees

Applicants invited to an interview and assessment for a degree typically do not have one of the common entry qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs or an Access course and often have professional experience or vocational qualifications. Applicants are asked to sit a Level 2 (GCSE A-C standard) maths test and complete a short written exercise.

Interviews will typically take place with at least one academic and a member of the admissions team and will give you an opportunity to discuss your skills and suitability as well as find out more about the programme and UCFB experience.

Postgraduate programmes

All UCFB Masters programmes ask for a 2:1 degree in any discipline, however we do accept applicants with a 2:2 degree or lower following a thorough investigation of your previous qualifications and experience.

We are specifically looking for applicants who have previously shown strong research or analytical skills (e.g. a grade of 60%+ in their dissertation module). Applicants who do not meet this requirement through their qualifications may be invited in for an interview with our postgraduate programme leader to find out more about them and their background. Applicants will typically be set a written exercise following this interview and applicants who are able to demonstrate potential to succeed on their chosen programme will typically be made an offer following this process.

If you received a conditional offer then please check the conditions of your offer carefully to make sure that you have met all of your conditions and that all requested evidence has been sent in to us. Remember that some results are released at different times and a decision will not be made until all results have been received. If your offer asks you to achieve a GCSE then this result will be released around one week after A Levels and much later than BTEC qualifications.

Once we have all of your results, we will make a final decision and update your offer on UCAS or via email for postgraduate applicants.

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