Admissions jargon buster
|The admissions team at a university process potential students’ applications to see if they can make an offer for a place on a course.
|A bachelor’s degree is the qualification you achieve after successfully completing a three or four year programme of degree-level study, it can also be called an undergraduate or first degree. You achieve either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering, depending on which subject you studied.
|The name given to undergraduate programmes which include a dissertation or research project in the final year.
|A foundation degree is a two year course which focuses on a particular job or profession. They are often set up in association with employers and combines academic study with work place learning for example Paramedic Science Foundation.
|This is a yearlong course designed to prepare students for university as they do not have the appropriate level or subject coverage for a specific degree programme.
|This is a year of either work experience or study abroad which can be an optional or compulsory part of a university course.
|These are the required grades or qualifications a student needs to gain entrance to a particular degree at university. Different courses will have different entry requirements.
|This indicates the year of entry you are seeking. For the majority of undergraduate students this will be stage 1 (year 1) however, you may be eligible for stage 2 or 3 entry if you have significant prior learning, for example are transferring from another Higher Education institution.
|If you already have a Foundation degree, or another relevant qualification like a HND, you can complete just one further year of study on a Top-up degree which allows you to achieve a full Honours level qualification and graduate with a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons).
|A student can apply for a university place but request to start the course the following year. Students who wish to take a gap year do this to ensure they have a place at university for when they complete their year out.
|The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the organisation responsible for managing applications for all full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges.
|A part of the application where applicants write to explain why they are applying to study a particular course, their interest in that area and what would they bring to the university.
|A recommendation to testify the applicant's suitability and ability to study at Higher Education level. If you have been in education within the last three years this must be submitted by a teacher, otherwise it can be from an employer or professional.
|This is an offer made which is dependent on the student reaching certain criteria such as obtaining specific grades for example BBB from three A levels.
|This is an offer of a place on a university course where the applicant has met all of the entry criteria. There are no academic conditions to meet, the place is yours if you want it.
|Either you have not been made an offer as you do not meet entry requirements or you have not met the conditions of a conditional offer given.
|Before the decision has been made by a university to make you an offer or not, you can withdraw your choice to study there. However, you are not able to re-use this choice and make another application elsewhere.
|Gives applicants who have used all 5 choices, but are not holding any offers anywhere, the opportunity to make further applications to receive an offer.
|An offer you accept as your first choice
|An offer you accept as your second choice, just in case you do not meet the conditions of your firm offer.
|Clearing is a system that operates after A level results are published. It allows students without a university place to apply for courses at universities where there are still vacancies.
|If you met and exceeded the conditions of your firm choice and would like to see if you can get on a course with higher entry requirements, you can use this service to do so whilst still holding your original confirmed place.