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UCAS Extra

Whether you change your mind and decline your offers, or you've used up all your choices and currently don't hold an offer, UCAS Extra can help to advance your prospects and find you the right university.

  • UCAS Extra operates from late February and is open until early July.
  • It, in effect, allows you to make a sixth choice of university.
  • If you become eligible for UCAS Extra, UCAS will send you all the details you need, and courses at universities willing to consider UCAS Extra applications will be available on the UCAS website.
  • You can then either use the UCAS website to make an application or contact a university directly.
  • If you are made an offer, either unconditional or conditional, you can firmly accept or decline it just like any offer in the main UCAS scheme.
  • If you don't get an offer (or decide to decline your offer), you can opt to make another UCAS Extra choice and so on, until either you get an offer or you run out of time (the scheme ends in early July).

Once you have an offer and accept it, you become Unconditional Firm (UF) or Conditional Firm (CF) for that university.

  • There is only one choice at any time in UCAS Extra so there is no question of an insurance choice.
  • You are committed to it in exactly the same way as the main UCAS scheme.

UCAS Extra currently does not allow you to prepare a new online personal statement or reference through them. This can be a real drawback if you originally applied for a medical degree and now wish to make an Extra application for a different course.

However, you can prepare a brand new personal statement relevant for the new course you wish to apply for. This can be sent directly to the additional university. It is a good idea to contact them and indicate you have a revised statement to send. 

  • Also, you can ask your referee to update their reference (they will have at least another two or three months of information on your progress to add to their original comments).
  • This should then be emailed to the university once you have submitted your Extra application.
  • Remember to include your UCAS application number so that your revised personal statement will be matched to the correct application.

While UCAS Extra is not a major issue for most students, and only a fraction apply through Extra, it can be highly successful for those who want a second chance and who do not want to wait until Clearing starts in July.