UCAS Extra Finding a place - with extra help Starting on 18 March and finishing at the end of June, Extra allows you to make additional choices, one at a time. It is completely optional, and is designed to encourage you to continue researching and choosing courses. All courses available through Extra will be highlighted on the UCAS Course Search service that appears on their website, www.ucas.com. Who is eligible? You will be eligible for Extra if: • you have had unsuccessful or withdrawal decisions from all six of your choices; • you have cancelled your outstanding choices and hold no offers; or • you have received replies back from all 6 choices and have declined all offers made to you. How does it work? When UCAS writes to you with your final decision letter they will notify you of your eligibility for Extra. They will give you two options: • online access to Extra via the Applicant Enquiries Service on the UCAS website; or • a paper-based Extra Passport, which is similar to a Clearing Entry Form. Consider these options very carefully before choosing, as you cannot change between methods once you are in Extra. Online access If you are eligible for Extra, a special Extra button will appear on your Applicant Enquiries screen. If you ask for an Extra Passport, the button will be removed. Check first on Course Search for courses that are available through Extra, and then enter the details on your Applicant Enquiries screen. When you have finished, a copy of your Extra application is sent automatically to the relevant university or college. Paper-based Extra Passport From 17 March, UCAS will start sending out Extra Passports to applicants who have indicated that this is the method they want to use. Each Extra Passport has a unique number. Use this whenever you contact a university or college. Check the Course Search to confirm which courses are prepared to consider Extra applicants. Whichever method you use, you should not apply for courses that are not recruiting through Extra, as this will slow down your application. What happens next? UCAS gives universities and colleges 10 days to consider your Extra application. During this time, they will send their decision to UCAS, who will then notify you. If you are made an offer, you can then choose whether or not to accept it. If you are currently studying for examinations, any offer that you receive is likely to be a conditional offer, which will contain the required examination grades. If you decide to accept a conditional offer, you will not be able to take any further part in Extra. If you already have your examination results, it is possible that a university or college may make an unconditional offer. If you accept an unconditional offer, you will be placed. If you decide to decline the offer or the university or college decides it cannot make you an offer, you will be given another opportunity to use Extra, time permitting. If you have been using the Applicant Enquiries service, your Extra button will be re-activated. If you have been using the paper-based Extra Passport, you must contact the university or college you applied to and ask them to return your Passport. Once you have accepted an offer in Extra, you are committed to it in the same way as you would be with an offer through the main UCAS system. Conditional offers made through Extra will be treated in the same way as other conditional offers, when your examination results become available. However, if your results are not quite up to scratch and the university or college decides that they cannot confirm your Extra offer, you will automatically become eligible for Clearing. If you are unsuccessful, decline an offer, or do not receive an offer within 10 days of choosing a course through Extra, you can make a further application. From 1 October - 30 June Applicants are informed as they become eligible for Extra. Can request an Extra Passport. From 17 March - 30 June Extra Passports sent to eligible applicants on request. From 18 March - 14 July Extra service available to eligible applicants via Applicant Enquiries (Track Progress) at www.ucas.com. Advice Our advice to you is to do some careful research, and to seek guidance on your Extra choice of university or college and course. If you applied to high demand courses and institutions in your original application and were unsuccessful, you could consider related or alternative subjects. Your teachers or careers advisers or the universities and colleges themselves can provide useful guidance. Entry profiles, which appear with many courses listed on the UCAS website's Course Search facility, are another important source of information. As with Clearing, be flexible. That is the key to success. Further details If you have any queries about Extra and how it works, please contact the UCAS Enquiries team on 0870 1122211.