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Waiting on an offer?

Decisions on applications are made on an ongoing basis for most courses.

After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

We aim to make decisions before 20 May on all applications received by the 15 January deadline.

Track your application on UCAS 

Offer Holder Events

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Receiving your offer

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer from us via UCAS.

Your offer will be either:

  • unconditional (if you already meet the requirements for your course. However, there may still be some non-academic conditions you have to meet and we may need to verify your qualifications)
  • conditional (if you still have qualifications to complete, such as academic grades and/or meet English requirements).

If your offer is conditional, it will normally be at the standard offer level (as shown in our individual subject entries), but we also make slightly lower offers, which we call contextual offers.

If you are unsuccessful, you should check the entry requirements and offer level for your chosen course. Not meeting the entry requirements is the most common reason why applications are turned down.

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Got your offer? Make your choice

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of a place at Queen’s via UCAS.

Once you've accepted the place, you will need to meet any conditions attached to your offer. Your place will then be confirmed in the summer.

To help you decide if you want to accept our offer, we invite you to watch our virtual offer holder events.

When you have made your choices, log into UCAS Track to notify UCAS. You must respond by the deadline given to you by UCAS, otherwise your offers will be declined.

You cannot easily change your firm (and insurance) choices, and so you must think carefully before you make a decision.

Guidance from UCAS on replying to offers explains reply deadlines and different kinds of offer combinations.

Your contract with the University begins as soon as you accept your offer. You have the right to cancel your acceptance within 14 days for any reason.

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Not applied to Queen’s but considering us?

Applications from UK and EU students are considered by Queen’s for entry throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2020) subject to the availability of places.

View Undergraduate courses for 2020 entry

Use UCAS track for guidance on how to apply 

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Accepted your offer?

Get ready to join Queen’s

Congratulations on making a great choice and taking your place at Queen's.  We've put together some guides to get you ready for the next steps including details about your welcome pack, terms dates and enrolment and registration.

Frequently asked questions about starting your course at Queen's

What next

Applicants for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Pharmacy

Applicants for courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy will receive instructions on how to complete an online application for an AccessNI Enhanced Disclosure check. Please take care with completion and provide the correct verification of identity, if this is requested, as we will be unable to process your application without this. As there are tight deadlines, please submit the application as quickly as possible.

Nursing and Midwifery applicants, who have been made offers, should have already returned their AccessNI applications and paid the fee.

Applicants for the above courses should note that a separate criminal record check from any country outside the UK/Republic of Ireland, where you have been resident for one complete year or more, will also be required.

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Proof of awards

Verification of results already achieved

If your offer asked that you forward copies of previous qualifications, already achieved (eg GCSE English, Mathematics and Science), you should have sent a copy of your results to the Admissions and Access Service, by the date confirmed in your offer.  If you have not done so, you should forward a scanned copy by email immediately. As stated, original documentation will be required at Registration in September.

You should forward copies of your certificates by post or email to:

Admissions & Access Service
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast
BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

Email: admissions@qub.ac.uk

Please quote your name, UCAS Personal ID number and the name of the course you are holding an offer for when returning copies of your certificates.

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Qualifications

Confirmation of results still pending

The University will make decisions on all applications which are conditional (Firm and Insurance) on an ongoing basis as results are received and will notify UCAS formally. Applicants will then receive decisions through UCAS and not direct from the University.

If, for any reason, your results will not be available within the normal anticipated timescales, please advise the Admissions and Access Service as soon as possible and keep us updated on the position.

If you are accepted, you will receive confirmation of this via your UCAS Track account. Please follow the instructions in your UCAS Track account to let us know whether you wish to accept or decline the offer of a place.

The University receives results for United Kingdom A-levels and some other qualifications from UCAS. Please refer to the list below to ensure that you take the necessary action in relation to providing confirmation of your results.

1. Summer A-level/AS-level examination results

The University receives results for all applicants direct from the various examination boards in the United Kingdom, although it may sometimes be necessary to contact applicants where results cannot be matched to an application. In this event, we require an actual certificated result.

2. Regrading of A-level/AS-level examination results

Decisions on applications will not be delayed pending the outcome of a request for a re-mark. However, if, as a result of a request for re-marking, your A-level/ AS-level results are changed by an examination board, it is essential that you notify the Admissions and Access Service as soon as possible, otherwise no action will be taken. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Admissions and Access Service with documentary evidence of the grade and not simply marks or modular results. Please note that the University is not bound to honour re-grades but it does so up to 7 September, and after that, only if places are available.

3. GCSE examination results

The University does not receive these results direct from the examination boards and it is essential that you provide the Admissions and Access Service with documentary evidence of these results if they have been included in a conditional offer. Because of the deadline for decisions, these should be provided immediately once results are received.

4. BTEC/SQA (including HNDs and HNCs)

Applicants are not required to forward these results to the Admissions and Access Service as they are automatically received via UCAS. However, in the event of results not being matched to an application the applicants concerned will be contacted by the Admissions and Access Service, normally by email. Please note that offers have been made in terms of results in individual units and confirmation decisions will be made on this basis.

5. Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher Results

The University receives results for all applicants direct from the various examination boards in the United Kingdom, although it may sometimes be necessary to contact applicants where results cannot be matched to an application. In this event, we require an actual certificated result.

6. Access/Foundation courses 

Applicants who have completed an Access Course should forward official confirmation of their results to admissions@qub.ac.uk in the form of a PDF document.  This document must be on headed paper and can be forwarded directly from the applicant, or from the applicant's college.  For verification purposes the document  must contain the following information:

  • Course Title
  • Date of award / completion
  • Student's name
  • Student's number (if applicable)
  • Table of results showing for each  subject
    • Module / subject code (if applicable)Module / subject title
    • Module / subject level (e.g. Level 3)
    • Number of academic credits
    • Percentage grade (or equivalent)
  • Overall programme result as a percentage
  • Classification of award (e.g. Commendation)
  • Contact information for the college, ideally for an individual who can comment on the student's outcome

For those completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma, validated by QAA, details of performance in each unit (including title, number of credits and its level) should be provided. Please note that, if you have already provided full information as indicated above, no further action is necessary.

NB Results for Access/Foundation courses should not be provided as a word document or hand written on course results sheet.

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Other Qualifications

Confirmation of results still pending

Click 'Read More' to see information on additional qualifications including the Irish leaving Certificate, International Baccalaureate and others.

7. Irish qualifications

Applicants are not required to forward these results to the Admissions and Access Service as they are automatically received via UCAS.  However, in the event of results not being matched to an application the applicants concerned will be contacted by the Admissions and Access Service, normally by email.

8. International Baccalaureate

Applicants are not required to forward these results to the Admissions and Access Service as they are automatically received via UCAS. However, in the event of results not being matched to an application, the applicants concerned will be contacted by the Admissions and Access Service, normally by email.

9. Musicianship examinations

The School of Arts, English and Languages requires evidence of the highest Grade achieved in Practical and/or Theory Musicianship examinations. Applicants for the BMus should therefore arrange for photocopies or scanned copies of relevant Certificates to be forwarded, by email, to the Admissions and Access Service.

10. Degree/Foundation Degree Results

You should have sent a copy of your results to the Admissions and Access Service by the date confirmed in your offer. However, if you have not done so, you should forward a copy immediately. 

NB Results for Foundation Degrees should not be provided as a word document or hand written on course results sheet

11. Other examinations

Applicants completing other qualifications should arrange for photocopies or scanned copies of relevant Certificates to be forwarded to the Admissions and Access Service not later than 17 July 2020, especially if they have been included in a conditional offer.

Where results are not received, the University will make reasonable efforts to obtain these from applicants. However, the final responsibility for providing this information is the applicant's and if copies of certificates are not received by 7 September 2020 the University may deem the application unsuccessful.

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Conditional Offers

Interpretation of Conditional Offers

 

Conditional offers are expressed in terms of specific grades or marks in A-levels and AS-levels or other qualifications. The University does not make offers in terms of the UCAS tariff. In order to be guaranteed admission, applicants must precisely meet the conditions of the offer. Some flexibility in the grades accepted is likely to be possible, though this will be dependent on the competition in individual subject areas and on government funding which determines the number of places available for NI and EU students.

A level examples:

  1. You are asked to obtain BBB at A level and you achieve ABC.
  2. You are asked to obtain A (Mathematics) BB at A level and you achieve AAB with a B in Mathematics. 

In both of these examples this means that you have not precisely satisfied the conditions of your offer, and your application will be be considered subject to the availability of places on your chosen course. If there are vacancies your application will be ranked along with other applicants and a decision will be taken on your application as soon as possible.

BTEC Extended Diploma examples:

  1. You are asked to obtain 100 credits at Distinction plus 80 credits at Merit and you achieve 110 credits at Distinction, 60 credits at Merit plus 10 credits at Pass.
  2. You are asked to obtain 120 credits at Distinction plus 60 credits at Merit and you achieve 150 credits at Distinction, 20 credits at Merit plus 10 credits at Pass.

In both of these examples this means that you have not precisely satisfied the conditions of your offer, and your application will be be considered subject to the availability of places on your chosen course. If there are vacancies your application will be ranked along with other applicants and a decision will be taken on your application as soon as possible. The University will have to wait until August when we have received the results of all applicants before taking a final decision on your application.

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Missed your grades?

Decisions on borderline applications

Where applicants have not quite met the conditions of their offer, a range of factors is taken into account in deciding whether or not to confirm a place. While Queen’s specifies offers in terms of three A-levels for most of its degree courses, performance in additional subject(s) at AS/A-level can be very important at Confirmation. Other information considered includes:

  • Performance in relevant subjects (eg Mathematics for Engineering programmes).
  • A* grades and the overall combination of grades
  • In tie-break situations, preference may also be given to applicants holding the offer as their Firm choice (rather than Insurance)

Where applicants are holding an offer for entry to an MEng/MSci programme, they will automatically be considered for the related BEng/BSc programme if they do not achieve the grades required for the MEng/MSci programme.

 

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Tie-break situations

Unit grade information and A* grades at A-level

Details of the grade obtained in each A-level and AS-level module will be available to the University in August and may be used to distinguish between applicants in tie-break situations during the Confirmation and Clearing period.

A* grades may be used in borderline cases.

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UCAS

UCAS Adjustment and Clearing Process

Each year some applicants pass their exams with better results than expected. This may mean that some will have not only met the conditions of their Firm choice, but will have exceeded them. The Adjustment Process provides such applicants with an opportunity to reconsider where and what to study.

The Adjustment Process is available from A-level results day (13 August) until 1 September. Your individual Adjustment period starts on 13 August or when your Conditional Firm (CF) choice changes to Unconditional Firm (UF), whichever is later.

From this time you have a maximum of five calendar days (five 24-hour periods, including Saturdays and Sundays) to register and secure an alternative course, if you decide this is what you want to do. Your Track ‘Choices’ page shows when your Adjustment period ends. Remember, you must have met and exceeded the conditions of your Conditional Firm (CF) choice. It is not possible to adjust your Insurance choice (CI).

You should not register for Adjustment if you wish to change to another course within Queen’s. This is handled using the Enquiry Form.

For full details about Adjustment and to check your eligibility, please visit the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

 

CLEARING AND ADJUSTMENT VACANCIES

Details of Clearing and Adjustment vacancies will be listed on the University’s website at www.qub.ac.uk/clearing and the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

To apply for any of our Clearing Vacancies please complete and submit our Enquiry Form.

If you are holding an Unconditional Firm place at Queen's and wish to consider an alternative course (outside Queen’s) via clearing, you can use the UCAS online self-release into clearing. For more information, please visit the UCAS website at www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/what-clearing/declining-your-firm-place-track.

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Changing your course

Changed Course Offers and Year of Entry

If, having received your results, you wish to be considered for an alternative course, you should complete the Enquiry Form.  Only one Enquiry Form should be submitted as multiple copies delay the processing of your request.

It is essential for applicants who receive changed course offers notified via UCAS Track to take the necessary action. If you fail to do so within five days, UCAS will decline the offer on your behalf.

NB This procedure should be used for a request for a change to a different course within Queen’s, rather than the Adjustment Process, which only applies if you wish to change to a course at another university.

CHANGE OF YEAR OF ENTRY

If, having been accepted for admission this year, you decide that you would like to defer entry until September 2021, you should put your request in writing to the Admissions and Access Service for consideration by the selector. Requests to defer entry to courses in Midwifery, Nursing and Social Work are not normally permitted unless there are extenuating circumstances i.e. medical.

If you have been accepted for entry in 2019 and wish to take up your place this year, you should also put your request in writing to this Office. Permission can only be granted if places are available this year.

You should submit your request via our online Enquiry Form.

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Complete the form here to direct your query, whether it’s about admissions, course queries or general advice about coming to Queen’s.

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Additional Information

International students

Some information regarding the application process and next steps is quite specific to international students so we have created a subsection for it here: International Undergraduates

It contains information about Immigration/Visa/CAS procedures and important details about fees and funding.