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How to defer university place after receiving offers

Oct 2019

My son has received five offers for university places to study general engineering in September. He now has to accept a firm choice (Uni of Liverpool) and insurance choice (Uni of Leicester) by May. Once he has done this how easy is it to defer the place for one year if he gets the grades? If he changes his mind about studying engineering in that gap year can he withdraw from his deferred commitment to the engineering place at Liverpool and reapply for other courses without incurring any financial or other penalties?

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Your son can complete the UCAS process by confirming his CF and CI universities. At results time and assuming he meets the conditions of one of his offers, he can talk to the university about deferring. The university is likely to be sympathetic and release him from the contract. The same is also true if he asks to withdraw before he takes up his place. Universities do not want students that don't want to be there. He could then re-apply if he decides to take up another course but will have to explain his first UCAS application and the reasons for his change of mind when making a second UCAS application. This should not be a problem if he can demonstrate that deferral proved to be the right decision. Taking a year out from education can often prove a worthwhile experience. Read more about taking a gap year.

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