Jargon Buster

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Applicant Visit Days

These are invite only events that offer students an opportunity to experience a unique subject taster session, discuss the course in details with tutors and other students, and get a real feel for what it would be like to study here.


The process you will need to go through to get a place at university if you do not quite meet the conditions of your Firm or Insurance offer.


DBS Stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. If you applying for a course which includes placements and/or contact with children or vulnerable adults then completing a DBS check will be a condition of your offer.

Firm Choice

When you have had a reply from each university you applied for, you will be able to choose your firm choice on UCAS, which is your first choice course and university.

Insurance Choice

When you have had a reply from each university you applied for, you will be able to choose your insurance choice on UCAS, which is your second choice of course and university.

Maintenance Loan

Arranged through the Student Loans Company, this loan is fully repayable after you have graduated and is based on your household income.

Conditional Offer

This is the most common type of offer you will receive from universities. Conditions are usually linked to exam results, but will be clearly communicated to you with your offer information.

Open Day

Events held throughout the year with subject presentations and opportunities to speak with tutors, view facilities, look at halls of residence and ask any questions you might have about Edge Hill University.

Sandwich Year

If you are studying a programme within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, you can expect to have the opportunity to undertake an optional 9-12 month full-time placement in industry which is a great opportunity to gain some work experience before you graduate.


Financial rewards that are available throughout your time at Edge Hill University. Some have a competitive application process, while others are allocated automatically to eligible students or awarded based on nominations.

Student Finance England/Wales/NI; Student Awards Agency For Scotland

The bodies who handle applications for tuition fees and maintenance loans, dependent on where you live.

Study Abroad

Some courses will allow you to undertake a part of your programme at a partner university in a variety of locations including; North America, China and South Korea. Opportunities vary course-by-course, you can check the details with your department.

Tuition Fees

These cover the cost of your studies. Find out more here.


Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This organisation handles almost all university applications, through their online application system. Visit www.ucas.com for more.

Unconditional Offer

You will only receive an unconditional offer from Edge Hill University if you already have your exam results with the necessary UCAS points.


A student studying for their first degree at university, on a course that runs for three or four years.

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