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Decisions and Replies 

Once you’ve received all of the decisions on your applications you’ll need to start thinking about your next steps. Read on for advice on what happens when you get your decision from Durham. 

What’s next if you receive an offer? 

If you receive an offer to study at Durham – congratulations!   

You’ll be able to see our offer at UCAS.  It’s important you read your offer carefully and Ask Us if you need clarification. 

You’ll also receive an email from us telling you more about things like your tuition fees, college allocation, a link to our offer guide and our terms and conditions. You should read this email and our offer guide carefully and make sure you note down any actions you need to take and by when. 

As soon as booking is open for our Post-offer Visit Days, which take place in Spring, we’ll send you an email with all the information you’ll need to reserve a place. Post-offer Visit Days are a great opportunity for you to find out more about the course you’ve applied for, about our college communities and about the beautiful city of Durham. If you can't make it to a Post-offer Visit Day, then we run Discover Durham Tours where you can visit a college and tour the University with one of our Student Ambassadors. These are subject to Covid-19 restrictions, and we may offer online alternatives instead. Either way, we hope to see you there! Once you’ve received all of your decisions from UCAS you’ll need to make your firm and insurance choices. Your firm choice is the place you really want to go to (and we hope that’s Durham!) and your insurance choice is your second choice. You’ll be given a date by UCAS to respond by, so do make sure that you reply within the deadline. 

If you choose Durham as your firm or insurance choice, then check out our Offer Holder pages for more information. 

What if youre unsuccessful? 

If we haven’t been able to make you an offer, we know you’ll be disappointed. We'll have provided you feedback in your decision at UCAS to tell you why you were unsuccessful.

At Durham, we receive many more applications than we have places to give. Our holistic approach to selection means we don’t just look at your qualifications, so even if you’re predicted to achieve, or even exceed, our standard offer you might be unsuccessful. In a competitive process, and one in which we compare applications against each other, we can only give offers to the applications which, in our view, are the very strongest. 

What if you change your mind?

Throughout your application, you may decide your interests are in another course, or perhaps your circumstances have changed and you'd like to change your year of entry. Read our guidance about changes to your application to tell you more about the changes which might be possible, plus when and how to request these.