If you were planning on starting university in 2020, you may be facing feelings of uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Future students are concerned about their university courses starting as promised, and whether the shift to online learning will continue into the next academic year.\r\nIn this situation, it’s understandable if you feel that deferring your university place for another year and taking a ‘gap year’ before starting higher education is the right step for you. But how does deferring your university offer work in practice?\r\nDeferring your university offer in the UK\r\nUsually, if you decide to defer a university offer in the UK, you will simply select the deferred entry start date on your UCAS application and will be expected to give reasons for deferring and your gap year plans in your personal statement. Your application will go through the same process as students applying to start university straight after school, and you will need to meet the conditions of your university offer in the same year as your non-deferring peers.\r\nHowever, deferring your university offer once you’ve submitted your application is a different process. You will have to contact the university or college directly to request deferred entry and will be expected to give reasons for your decision. You will also have to contact the university directly if you decide you want to defer your place after you’ve received your exam results.\r\nThere is no guarantee that your request will be accepted, so think long and hard before deferring in this way. 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