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Jargon buster

There’s a lot of terms used in higher education that can take some unravelling. We’ve put together this jargon buster to help make sense of it all.

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Adjustment: If you exceed the conditions of your firm choice, Adjustment allows you to approach other institutions to explore what options you have there. You do not need to give up your original confirmed place to use Adjustment.

Clearing: If you don’t have a place on a course, whether that’s because you declined your offers, didn’t meet the required conditions of your offers, didn’t receive any offers, or just didn’t apply for any places, Clearing allows you to apply for courses that still have vacancies.

Conditional offer: This is an offer of a place on a course that comes with conditions that need to be met in order to accept that place. These are usually related to academic qualifications you are taking and meeting certain grades.

Defer: If you wish to take a year out between applying for your course and starting on it, you can defer.

Enrolment: This is when you formally complete the administrative requirements to become a student at NTU. You need to enrol at the start of each academic year.

FE: Further Education

Firm choice: If you accept an offer of a place on a course from a university as your first choice, this becomes your firm choice.

HE: Higher Education

Insurance choice: If you accept an offer of a place on a course from a university as your second choice, this becomes your insurance choice in case you don’t meet the conditions of your firm choice.

NTU ID: Your NTU ID is your unique NTU student number. It is on the email you receive from us when your place at NTU is confirmed and looks like this: N0123456.

Open day: Organised events that give you a chance to visit a university, tour its facilities and campuses, and find out more about studying there.

Personal statement: This is a statement you will need to write alongside your application for a place at university explaining why you’re applying and why you’d be a great student. It’s your chance to sell yourself so make it count. We’ve got some really great advice on writing your personal statement here.

UCAS: The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is the organisation that handles and processes nearly all university applications. You can find out more about UCAS on their website.

UCAS Track: UCAS Track is an online system developed by UCAS that allows you to check the progress of your application once you've submitted it.

Unconditional offer: This is an offer of a place on a course with no conditions that you need to meet. The place will be yours if you wish to accept it.

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