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Deferring UCAS entry, can you change your choices?


I have applied to UCAS for foundation degrees/years because I only have two A Levels and 2 AS's. Because of my lack of a complete third A-level I have had to apply to universities I am not to keen on as I was hoping to go to Kings College.

I would like to know if it is possible to defer your UCAS application on results day and then change your choices when the next application cycle begins?

The reason as to why I may defer my entry is because I might decide to go to a college in my local area which is allowing me to complete the second year of my a-level choices which are not complete.

Is it okay to defer your entry for this reason? Or will i have to reapply again? Or is it best to just apply individually to each of my university choices instead of going through UCAS again?
Answered by Alison Patterson
Hi Ash,

Unfortunately, you cannot re-apply to UCAS while holding the deferred offer of a place.

So, you have to decide whether you want to go to university to do a Foundation year to top up your two A levels, or whether to go to your local FE College to complete a third A level, then re-apply to university for a different course.

You also have to decide whether you are willing to attend any of the universities you have applied to this year through UCAS. If you go to College to complete your A levels you will not need to do a Foundation Year, so I think you would be wanting to change course. It might be possible to change your course and defer entry, but this sounds very much like a new application. You would have to contact your universities direct and ask them.

You can turn down all offers for 2016 entry (current UCAS application) and go into UCAS extra:


But the real issue is getting that third A level and meeting entry requirements.

If you really want to go to King's College (KCL), you must make sure that you meet the entry requirements for the course you have chosen, go to college to get the third A level and re-apply through UCAS for 2017 entry. It might be worth writing to KCL for guidance.

I hope this helps.
Good luck!

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