Your application will be sent to all chosen universities and colleges at the same time. Each university and college will only see details of their course or courses that you've applied to. They won't see your other choices until you've received your final decision.
There's space for five choices, but you don't have to use them all - you can apply for just one if you know exactly where you want to go.
Only add choices you're sure about - if you wouldn't be happy going to one of them, see if there's somewhere else, or apply to fewer choices: you don't have to fill up the space.
If you apply to fewer than five choices, you can add more later if you want to (but be aware of the deadlines for adding choices - see when to apply). This can be useful if you find a new course after you've sent your application to us.
You can use your remaining choice(s) for any other subject. For example, if you apply to four medicine courses, you could still make one choice for veterinary medicine. However, be aware that your personal statement will be sent to all universities and colleges you've chosen. Read our advice on applying for multiple courses in the personal statement section.
There are different application deadlines for some courses, universities and colleges - find out when to apply.
Some courses require an admissions test. It's your responsibility to find out whether your course(s) need you to take one, and to register by the relevant deadline. Go to the admissions test section to find out more.
If you're applying for medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery or certain other health courses, UK health authorities recommend you should be immunised against Hepatitis B before you start training. Universities and colleges may also ask you for certificates to show that you're not infected. Check the immunisation and certification requirements with your universities and colleges. Click here if you are an international applicant applying for a nursing or midwifery diploma/degree.
Some courses in fields such as social work will need you to undergo a check through the Criminal Records Bureau. Check with your universities and colleges for their requirements and advice on how to fulfil them.
For information on courses please check the Course Search section of this site.
As part of your application you will be required to declare whether you have any relevant unspent criminal convictions. The help text in Apply explains what is classed as a relevant unspent conviction.
In addition, some courses have entry requirements which might require you to disclose further information regarding any past criminal activities, and may also require a criminal records check. If you choose a course that requires this information, you'll be asked to tick a box if you have any spent or unspent convictions or other punishments that would show up on a criminal records check. There's full help text in Apply to explain what is classed as a spent or unspent conviction.