What happens next?

Making your decision

When you have received decisions from all the universities to which you have applied, you will need to notify UCAS of your decision by the deadline UCAS provide for you on UCAS Track (for most applicants this will be in early May). You will need to select one Firm (ie, first choice) university and, if your firm choice is a Conditional offer and you have been made other offers, one Insurance choice university. Further information on responding to your offers can be found on the UCAS website.

Confirmation - receiving your results

‘Confirmation’ refers to the period in August each year when the University receives examination results for applicants taking GCE A levels, or other qualifications, who have accepted conditional offers.

If you firmly accept our conditional offer but are unable to satisfy the terms exactly, we will reconsider our offer in August in the light of your actual performance and the performance of others seeking entry to the same programme. However, you should be aware that we can make no guarantee that it will be possible to accept you if you do not meet the conditions exactly. 

Any contextual information which you think is relevant that may have affected your performance in respect of grades should be sent to the Admissions Office in advance of your results through completion of our Applicant Extenuating Circumstances Form. Whilst we guarantee to consider such information, we are not always in a position to make concessions, but of course we endeavour to be as compassionate as possible.

Amended grades will also be taken into consideration as long as results are received by 31 August. In all cases all conditions have to be satisfied by 31 August irrespective of year of entry (if you are expected to receive your results before the end of July we will ask you to provide results to us by 31 July). Where we receive your amended grades after this date, we will consider you for deferred entry (ie, for entry in the following year) providing we receive the amended results by noon on the 8th September.

All non-academic conditions i.e DBS police Checks, Self-Declarations or Occuptational Health forms need to be completed and returned by the 31st July.

Alternative offers at confirmation

Upon receipt of your results (or non-academic information required as part of your offer) if you have either accepted your place as firm or insurance choice but you have not met the exact conditions of your offer (please note, that the University does not guarantee to confirm grade equivalencies unless otherwise stated) the University reserves the right to make you an offer on an alternative programme or the same programme on a different campus (we offer some programmes at our Exeter campuses (Streatham and St. Lukes) and also at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall – offers for the Penryn Campus will be highlighted by the campus code C).

If you are made an offer for an alternative programme you will be notified of this via email and/or text message and it will appear in your UCAS Track. When an alternative offer is made you are under no obligation to accept it and should you decline, you will either be released to your insurance choice or into UCAS clearing.

Should you wish to opt-out of the alternative offer service, once you have accepted your place (firm or insurance) please contact us using our online enquiry form, stating “Alternative Offer Opt-Out” in the subject of your email, quoting your full name, UCAS Personal ID and programme of intended study within 14 days of accepting your offer. Please note that if you opt out of this service but subsequently change your mind, we cannot guarantee to consider you for alternative programmes and you may be required to apply for any vacancies via UCAS Clearing.


The Adjustment period gives you the opportunity to reconsider your options if you have done better than expected.

If you have exceeded your offer with your Firm choice you are eligible for the Adjustment period. UCAS Track will give you the option to register for the Adjustment period and if you choose to do this, you will have five days from the date your Firm offer becomes Unconditional Firm (UF) to look around for vacancies.

Whilst you can approach other universities, your place with your current Unconditional Firm (UF) choice will be held for you. UCAS will not advertise Adjustment vacancies; these will only be advertised on universities' own websites.


Clearing is a service available between July and September, but for most people it is used after the exam results are published in August. It can help people without a university or college place to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses.

Clearing involves you contacting universities and institutions directly to see if they are willing to offer you a place. Universities will usually list vacancies on their own websites and in some cases vacancies will be listed on the UCAS website and in the national newspapers. If you are offered a place and want to accept that offer you will then be asked to refer your application to that university via UCAS Track.

Further information about Confirmation, Adjustment and Clearing can be found on the UCAS website or you can contact our Admissions Office on 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)* or contact us via our online enquiry form.

Plan ahead

You can plan ahead for Clearing 2020 with our guidance and top tips and also pre-register to find out advanced information on our Clearing vacancies. Find out more - www.exeter.ac.uk/clearing.

* Calling us on an 0300 number will cost you the same as a call to a standard landline number starting with 01 and 02.
If you have an inclusive call package for calling landline numbers on your mobile or landline telephone the call would simply be reduced from your available talk minutes. Otherwise your call will be charged at the same rate as calling a standard national rate number.


Immigration and visa information

The International Student Support Office can provide advice to you, free of charge without discrimination, on any UK immigration and visa matters you may need help with.

Visit their webpages on applying for your Visa

Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

In order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number which we will send to you once you hold an unconditional place at the University which has been firmly accepted. The University can only issue a CAS 6 months before the start date of your programme and you can only use the CAS to apply for a visa 3 months before the start date of your programme, so we will only issue a CAS if it is within these timeframes. This process is automatic and you do not need to contact us to start the process.

The CAS number is individual to you and you will need this to apply for your Tier 4 visa. Each CAS issued is linked to the University/Institution who issued it, so you can only use a CAS to get a visa for that University (if you change your mind and wish to go to another University, you will need to get a CAS and visa for that institution).

If your programme of study requires you to have ATAS clearance, we will not be able to begin the CAS issuing process until your ATAS certificate is received (if you require ATAS clearance you will be notified as part of your offer).

Before we issue a CAS you will be sent a pre-CAS check email which includes a form which you will need to complete and return, highlighting any amendments/corrections, we will not issue a CAS until this has been received. Applicants who are not using a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as evidence of their English Language (as per the University’s English Language entry requirements) will also be required to undertake a Skype interview with the University’s International Admissions, UKVI Compliance and/or Recruitment Team/s before a CAS will be issued. If you are required to attend a Skype interview you will be notified accordingly.

Once we have received your completed pre-CAS form and, if appropriate, have attended a satisfactory Skype interview, if you meet all requirements for the issuing of a CAS we aim to issue the CAS number within 2-3 working days. Your CAS number will be sent to you via email in a CAS statement to the contact email address we have on your application record.

It is important that you read all the information provided in the pre-CAS form and that CAS statement before applying for a Tier 4 visa. Please note that it is within the University’s rights not to issue a CAS if you do not meet UKVI or University requirements or have previously been refused a visa.

You must not apply for a Tier 4 visa or book a visa appointment without receiving your CAS statement. The University cannot guarantee you will receive this in time for any pre-booked appointments.

How do I get my CAS?

  1. When you have met all the conditions of your offer and firmly accepted your place at the University the PBS Admissions Team will send you a pre-CAS check email which contains a form that you will need to complete and return. This will happen automatically and you do not need to request a CAS.
  2. You will be required to complete and fully answer all the questions in this form and sign up to our terms and conditions, Information you will be asked to provide will be in relation your immigration history, details of any previous study in the UK, your passport details and confirmation that you meet the UKVI financial requirements.
  3. If you need an ATAS certificate, we will not be able to issue your CAS until we have a copy of your ATAS certificate.
  4. If you are presenting a non-SELT qualification as evidence of your English Language you may be required to attend a Skype interview before we can issue your CAS.
  5. Once you have provided us with the correct information and documents and we are satisfied that you meet Home Office and the University of Exeter entry requirements, we will issue your CAS number which will be sent to you via your contact email.
  6. If we do not think that you will be able to make a successful visa application, or you do not meet the University of Exeter requirements, or if you have previously been refused a visa, it is within our rights to NOT issue you with a CAS.

How long will it take for my CAS to be issued?

It generally takes up to 2-3 working days for your CAS to be issued after we have received a reply to your pre-CAS check email and if appropriate, once you have attended a successful skype interview.

At peak times the timeframe for issuing a CAS may increase to up to 5 working days. We would ask that, if you have completed all of the above, you do not contact the PBS Admissions Team until after the 5 working days as the volume of telephone calls received can impact on CAS issuing times.