• Guide to the AS12 email

    Last updated 20-07-2016

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    The AS12 Confirmation email - also known just as the AS12 letter - is an email that is sent from UCAS to you by email.

    It tells you that your place at a university has been confirmed, and lists your course choice. Once you have received this, you know you are definitely going to university, unless you change your mind.

    Who gets an AS12 email?

    Everyone will get an AS12 email to confirm their acceptance on a course at the university that has accepted them. You will receive an AS12 if:
    • You held an unconditional firm offer
    • You held a conditional firm offer which has now become unconditional for the course you applied for, or an alternative course
    • You held a conditional insurance offer which has now become unconditional, if you were unsuccessful with your firm choice.
    • You have received and accepted an offer through clearing or adjustment

    Students checking their AS12 emails

    When will I receive the AS12 email?

    UCAS will send your AS12 email shortly after your place is confirmed. For most people, this will be after they have received their results by email.
    People who were given an unconditional offer will be sent theirs as soon as they have picked their firm choice in May. This only applies if your firm choice is unconditional, and not if your firm was conditional and you only have an unconditional insurance.

    Can I see examples of an AS12 email

    Yes you can find them on the UCAS website

    What do I do with the AS12 email?

    There are three types of AS12 email depending on what action the uni wants you to take. So you will need to read it very carefully and follow the instructions.

    AS12 The uni is assuming that you are accepting the offer so you don't need to take any action unless you want to defer entry to the next year. In this case you must contact them immediately.

    AS12B The uni wants you to let them know whether or not you are going to take up the place. The AS12B letter tells you how to contact them and what information you should provide. You have 14 days to reply; if you don't, you risk losing your place. If you're not going to take up the place the uni can offer it to someone else.
    AS12C If the uni has offered you a changed course, date of entry or point of entry.
    AS12N The uni only wants you to reply to the AS12N letter if you are not going to take up the place. This will allow them to offer the place to someone else.

    Students checking their AS12 letters

    You should also check the university and course listed. If either are not correct, then contact the university concerned.

    What else do I need my AS12 for?

    If you are planning to open a student bank account, they will want confirmation that you are going to university. They will usually ask to see your AS12 as proof. Head over to our dedicated finance pages for more information about managing your money at university.

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