If a young person is offered the course they really wanted and worked towards, the offer is a tangible educational commodity. They may wish to defer their place for any number of reasons.

The most common reasons are: sports or other commitments, travel or gap year, family commitments, bereavement, health.

In this case they should contact the admissions office of the college in question and explain clearly their reasons for deferring. The college will then inform the CAO directly of the student’s deferral.

In rare cases deferral may not prove possible.