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Offers and decisions

Once your application has been received it is processed by the Admissions team, who will check the suitability of your qualifications for your chosen course, while liaising with Admissions Tutors in each department. 

We aim to make a decision within four weeks and you can check the status of your application using UCAS Track or on your Royal Holloway portal.

Understanding your offer

UCAS will notify you when a decision has been made on your offer and will include details of any specific conditions.

Conditional offers

Most students who apply to Royal Holloway for an undergraduate degree programme will receive a conditional offer. 

Offers are usually conditional upon final grades in the qualifications you are currently taking.

If you accept Royal Holloway as your firm choice, and then meet all the conditions stated in your offer, your place on the degree programme is guaranteed.  

If you have received a conditional offer and would like more information about our Academic Excellence scheme, you can find the information here.

Unconditional offers

Some students who apply to Royal Holloway for an undergraduate degree programme will receive an unconditional offer. This means that there are no further qualifications you need to achieve in order to take up your place at Royal Holloway. 

If you accept Royal Holloway as your firm choice your place on the degree programme is guaranteed.

If you have received an unconditional offer even though you have not completed your qualifications, please go here to find out more information about our Academic Excellence scheme.

English language conditions

If English is not your first language and you haven’t taken a recognised English language test, it is likely that a condition of your offer will relate to English language.

Where you have already taken an English language test, but not quite reached the required marks, you may be eligible to apply for an English language pre-sessional programme, meaning you won’t need to re-take an English test.

Applicant Visit Days

After applying for a place on an undergraduate course, you’ll be invited to one of our departmental Applicant Visit Days

Applicant Visit Days provide you with the opportunity to get to know your chosen department(s) and the academic staff who may be teaching you. Your department will be running an excting programme of events to help you find out more about studying your course and to answer any questions you may have. 

In addition to these exciting departmental activities, we'll also be running campus and accommodation tours and will have a range of staff from support services available to provide more information about this aspect of university life. 

Accepting your offer

Once you’ve received decisions from all your university choices, you need to choose a firm (preferred) choice of university and an insurance (second) choice, in case you don’t achieve the grades that your firm choice has asked for. All your other offers will then be declined. 

You’ll usually be required to make your final decision in the beginning of May, however the deadline can vary depending on when you made your application to UCAS.  You can find further information on how to accept your offer on the UCAS website.

If you’ve chosen Royal Holloway as your firm choice and hold a conditional offer, the Admissions team will need to see copies of your exam results or certificates once you have fulfilled any of the conditions of your offer.  

In most cases, A-level and International Baccalaureate results are communicated to the College directly via UCAS. If you're studying a different qualification, or aren't sure if we receive your results automatically, you should upload a copy of your results to the application portal.

If you accept our conditional offer, but don’t achieve the required grades detailed in your offer, we will re-consider your offer in mid-August. This is once we have received all the A-level results and have a clearer picture of the demand for our courses. 

Deposits for international students

All international students are required to pay a course tuition fee deposit of £2,000 for all undergraduate courses before they are issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter.  

This deposit will be deducted from your tuition fee upon enrolment. Please refer to the course deposit frequently asked questions to help guide you through the deposit payment process.

What to do if your application is rejected

Unfortunately, Royal Holloway is unable to make every applicant an offer of a place on their chosen course.

Applicants may not be offered a place due to the very specific entry requirements of some of our courses, or because courses have become oversubscribed.  

If you would like more detailed feedback on why an application has been unsuccessful, you should contact the relevant academic department.

If you have been rejected due to your qualifications or background not being suitable for a specific course, you could consider applying for an alternative course via UCAS Extra.

Deferring your offer to the next academic year

If your plans to study at Royal Holloway change, and you would like to defer your offer to the next academic year, you should contact the admissions team

We will then liaise with the department on your behalf. Although this is not usually a problem, offers are made based upon predicted student numbers, so it may not always be possible. 

You will be notified once we have received a decision from the department.



Track your application

You can track your application and see further information on your offers and decisions through UCAS Track.


If you're made an offer, log onto our application portal

Contact us

If you've got any queries, please check out our Frequently asked questions page.

If you can't find the answer to your admissions query, please contact study@royalholloway.ac.uk


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