Frequently asked questions

Once you have an offer

Frequently asked questions

My department has informed me I will be made an offer, but I have not received it yet. What do I do?

If your department has informed you that an offer will be made, an offer letter will be sent to you as soon as possible by the Admissions Office. It is not necessary to contact us, as it is likely that the offer will be on its way to you. However, if you have not received your offer within two weeks of being notified by your department, you may wish to contact the Admissions Office. Please include the title of the programme that you have applied for and your Exeter Reference number in all correspondence with the Admissions Office.

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I have received an offer letter – what do I do next?

Please refer to the guidance notes in your offer letter, or visit our 'Once you have an offer' section for further information.

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How do I accept my offer?

Contact us stating your Exeter reference number, programme and full name, and confirm you wish to accept the place that has been offered you.

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Can I accept my place before I pay my deposit?

If you are applying for a full-time taught postgraduate programme or the MA in Western Esotericism, you may wish to notify us that you wish to accept our offer but we can only confirm your place and send you an Unconditional offer letter (or, for international students, a letter to obtain a student visa) if you have paid your deposit by the deadline.

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My offer includes a condition for English language proficiency, how do I prove this?

You will need to send us an English language test certificate of results which meet the scores specified in your Conditional offer letter. You will need to produce the originals or certified copies of these certificates at registration. For further information see English Language requirements.

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Why do I need to complete a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure?

It will be likely you are going to be working with vulnerable adults or children whilst studying on your programme. If you have lived within the UK during the last 5 years we will ask you to undertake a UK CRB check. If you have lived outside the UK for more than 6 months within the last 5 years you will need to provide a police check or certificate of good conduct from that country. These checks are independent of each other and it is your responsibility to provide the non-UK police check. Full details will be sent you with your offer. For further information is given on our Disclosure and Barring Service page.

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How do I obtain the necessary documents to apply for a student Visa?

All students must use a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa. Visa letters are no longer valid. The University will generate a CAS number for appropriate applicants once their offer is unconditional and has been firmly accepted. the CAS number will be included in a longer document known as the CAS Statement which will be sent to UF offer holders by email. Applicants must ensure all details in the CAS are correct before submitting a visa application. For further information see the Entry Clearance page on the International Student Support site.

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Do I need to pay a deposit?

All postgraduate offer holders for full-time taught programmes need to pay a deposit by the required deadline in order to obtain their unconditional offer letter (which can be used for visa purposes). Your deposit will be offset against your tuition fees when you start. Further details can be found on our deposit information page.

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Do I need to pay a deposit if I am sponsored?

If you are in receipt of an approved scholarship or studentship covering the full tuition fees and can provide documentary evidence of this, you will be exempt from paying a deposit.

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Can I accept my place for more than one programme?

No. When you accept your place on a programme you are committing to that programme. If you hold offers for more than one programme you will need to specify clearly which you wish to accept. We will then class your decisions for the remaining programmes for which you hold offers as declined.

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Can I defer my offer?

You may be allowed to defer your application for one academic year. If you wish to defer again after this, you will need to reapply via the normal route.

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Will I be refunded my deposit if I defer?

No. Your deposit will be rolled over with your application to the next admissions cycle. If you apply to defer for a second year, you will need to reapply and your deposit will not be refunded unless there are extenuating circumstances (see our deposit information page for further details).

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Can I change the status of my application to part-time (or full-time)?

You must check with the College if they will allow you to change. If they are happy with this they will contact the Admissions Office, and a new offer letter will be sent to you. Please be aware that if you are an International student, due to visa regulations, you will not be permitted to study part-time.

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Can I change programmes?

It is possible to change programmes. If the programme you wish to change to is within the same College you will need to provide a new personal statement clearly outlining your reasons. If the programme is not within the same College you will be required to reapply, via the normal route.

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When do I need to apply for accommodation at Exeter?

You can apply for accommodation once you have firmly accepted your offer of a place at Exeter and paid your deposit. Please see After accepting your offer for further information.

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