After you have applied to Warwick
We hope this information offers some helpful guidance at this challenging time. If you have any further questions, please join one of our regular live chats.
About your application
We receive many thousands of applications per year, and are committed to giving equal consideration to all applications that reach us by the UCAS deadline of 29th January.
Because we consider your full profile and your potential as an individual, not just your actual or predicted grades, it can take some time to get back to you with a decision.
We will however make decisions on applications as quickly as possible. We aim to have the majority of decisions confirmed by the end of March, and we must make a decision no later than early May.
Please bear with us if you do not hear straight away, you can be assured that your application is being considered.
Does it matter if I apply early?
We rigorously apply the same selection criteria to all applications received at UCAS before the 29th January deadline, as such a number of decisions on earlier applications cannot be confirmed until we have received, and had time to consider, all these applications.
What if you need further information?
If we require any further information from you in order to progress your application we will be in touch.
A small number of courses hold interviews, at which candidates are also able to visit the department and the University. Alternative arrangements will be made for those who do not live in the UK.
You should make the most of the interview to obtain further information about the course (including teaching methods) and University and to determine whether it is suitable for you. Also, use the interview to communicate important information about yourself and to expand on areas that you have covered in the personal statement section of your UCAS application form.
Further information about the courses for which interviews are held is included in the prospectus entry of the relevant department. In addition to interviews for these courses, those returning to study and applicants who will be under 18 at the start of their course may also be offered an interview.
Please note that as all decisions are communicated to applicants via UCAS, course selectors cannot make official offers at interview.
Once the course selector has made their decision, we will send it to UCAS. UCAS will inform you of our decision via UCAS Track.
If you are successful in your application, we will send you an email with details of the offer we have made and, depending on the practice in the department you have applied to, you may receive an invitation to a departmental Open Day, where you can meet some of the academic staff involved in teaching your chosen course and ask any questions you may have. Departmental Open Days typically take place from late October to May. We encourage candidates to attend Departmental Open Days, even if they have already attended a general Warwick University Open Day.
If you are not successful in your application, you will be notified of this by UCAS. If you would like feedback on an unsuccessful application you should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team to request this. Please note that feedback will not be provided verbally, we will follow up your request with written feedback only. For reasons of Data Protection we can only provide feedback directly to the applicant, however either the applicant or their UCAS nominated contact/approved agent can request feedback. You should be aware that decisions are often made on a highly competitive basis and therefore we are often unable to make offers to all applicants who meet, or even exceed, the typical entry requirements.
Please ensure that your system is configured to accept messages from @warwick.ac.uk addresses. You may wish to alter your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @warwick.ac.uk get through to you. If you receive an offer through UCAS Track, but haven't had an email from Warwick within one week, please contact us.
We are very sorry if you have received an unsuccessful decision on your application via UCAS Track. Our courses are extremely competitive, and unfortunately we are not able to make offers on every application, including many strong applications. If you wish to request feedback on our decision, you should do so by email to the undergraduate admissions office
The University of Warwick does not permit appeals against academic decisions made on applications. However, if you wish to complain about how your application has been handled, or feel that we have not followed proper procedure, then please see our complaints procedure for how to do this. Note that complaints must be received in a timely manner, and only the applicant, not a third party such as a parent or school, may raise a formal complaint under this procedure.
Updating us with your information
If you submitted your UCAS application direct to UCAS online, rather than applying through your school or college, and we make you an offer, we may ask you to "verify" the qualifications you have achieved and the reference on your UCAS application, as conditions of your offer.
Applicants in the UK who apply to us through their school will not normally be asked for verification.
If you are taking A Levels, the International Baccalaureate or pre-Us, we will normally receive your exam results directly from UCAS. However, if you are taking qualifications from a country other than the UK, or UK qualifications such as an Access to HE course or a foundation degree, we will NOT receive these results from UCAS. It is your responsibility to ensure that your results are sent to us, and we ask you to do this as soon as they are available. Offers cannot be confirmed if we do not receive verified examination results by 31st August. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team if you have any questions about getting your results to us.
If you are not a British national, you may need a Visa to come to study in the UK. Please visit our International Student Office site to find out more information about the Visa process, including what we do to issue you with a CAS number.
Making your decision
For most courses, if you are made an offer, you will be invited to a Departmental Open Day to find out more about your specific course and department. These events will help ensure that you have the information you need to make the decision which is right for you.
Departmental Open Days typically take place from January to May and further information will be sent to you shortly after you receive your offer. We encourage candidates who are invited to attend a Departmental Open Day to do so if possible, even if they have already attended a general Warwick University Open Day.
When you have heard from all the universities that you applied to, you will receive notification from UCAS. This asks you to hold one offer as your Firm choice, and another as an Insurance choice.
If you haven't already done so, visit the universities you are interested in, either on an organised open day or informally. At the moment you might only be able to access Virtual Open Days, so register for those too. Talk to current students and academic staff if possible, and just generally take in the atmosphere.
If you receive two or more offers, you should consider holding an Insurance offer which has grade requirements lower offer than your Firm choice. If you fail to meet the conditions of your Firm choice, but you have accepted a suitable Insurance offer, you will still have a guaranteed place at university. You are not obliged to make an Insurance choice but it is sensible to have a back-up. If all of your offers require the same grades you may still make an Insurance choice but if you fail to meet the terms of either your Firm or your Insurance choice you will not be guaranteed a place and may be placed into clearing if eligible.
Your Firm choice should be the university that you consider is best for you, not necessarily the one with the highest offer. Your Insurance university should also be a place where you would be happy to live and study. Remember, the decisions that you make at this point are binding, so consider your options carefully. It is not possible to turn down your Firm choice in favour of your Insurance choice at results time if you meet the terms of your Firm chioce.