Here you’ll find the key dates and times for 2021.


What you can expect (UK times provided)

18:00 on 30 June

UCAS Undergraduate applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing.

4 July

Last day for applicants to add an Extra choice in Track.

5 July

  • Clearing opens and vacancies are displayed in our search tool.
  • Clearing Plus matches will be available to all unplaced applicants.
  • Clearing numbers automatically show in Track for eligible applicants.
  • Applicants holding a place can release themselves into Clearing, using the ‘Decline my place’ button in Track.
  • Publication of International Baccalaureate results.
  • UCAS provides International Baccalaureate results to universities and colleges for processing.

4 August at 12:00 – 10 August at 08:30

SQA and JCQ results embargo – during this time:

  • Track for applicants will not be updated
  • adviser portal will not be updated – universities and colleges cannot discuss any applicants’ individual status with them, or with an adviser

10 August

Publication of SQA results, GCE AS and A level results, reformed BTEC results.

  • 07:30: 'Unplaced' applicant status email will be sent to UCAS correspondents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - under strict embargo.
  • 08:00: UCAS Schools Team available for advisers.
  • 08:30: 'Unplaced' applicant status email will be sent to UCAS registered centre correspondents in Scotland and rest of the world.
  • 08:30: Adviser portal available for UCAS-registered centres.
  • 08:30: UCAS social media support available.
  • 08:30: UCAS Customer Experience Centre opens for students.
  • 08:30: UCAS Undergraduate Track available. 
  • 08:30: Adjustment opens, and runs until 18 August.
  • 14:00: Eligible applicants can add a Clearing choice in Track.
  • 18:00: UCAS Customer Experience Centre, social media support, and Schools Team close.

12 August

Publication of GCSE results. Applicants awaiting GCSE results will need to send these directly to their chosen universities or colleges.

18 August Adjustment closes.

28 August at 18:00

Last date for receipt of 2021 entry UCAS Conservatoires applications.

8 September

Remaining offer conditions must be met.

30 September

Clearing vacancy information closes.

21 September at 18:00  Last date for receipt of 2021 entry UCAS Undergraduate applications.

19 October

Last date to add Clearing choices in Track, and for unis/colleges to make decisions.