UCAS Undergraduate: when to apply

Some courses have different deadlines, and many are a long time in advance of the start of the course. Find out which deadline applies to you, and what you need to do by that deadline.
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Deadlines for on-time applications

For courses starting in 2018 (and for deferred applications), your application should be with us at UCAS by one of these dates – depending on what courses you apply for. If your completed application – including all your personal details and your academic reference – is submitted by the deadline, it is guaranteed to be considered.

You can now submit completed 2018 entry applications to UCAS.  

If you're applying through your school/college, please check their deadline, and follow this to get your application in on time. This gives them enough time to read your application, check you've entered your qualifications correctly, write and attach your reference, and submit your application to us.  

  • 15 October 2017, 18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry. You can add choices with a different deadline later, but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total.  
  • 15 January 2018, 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses. Some art and design courses have a 24 March deadline, so you can add these later; but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total.  
  • 24 March 2018, 18:00 (UK time) – for some art and design courses. Others have a 15 January deadline, so make sure you check the course details to confirm the correct deadline you need to apply by.

Some course providers require additional admissions tests to be taken alongside the UCAS application, and these may have a deadline. Find out more about these tests.

Check course information in our search tool to see which deadline applies to you.

Apply as soon as possible

Student funding arrangements mean that as offers are made and places fill up, some courses may only have vacancies for students from certain locations. It’s therefore really important that you apply for your chosen courses by the appropriate deadline as not all courses will have places for all students. Find out more.

All applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing find out more about Clearing.


What needs to be done by these dates?

You'll need to leave enough time to complete your application, resolve any queries and make sure it reaches us by the deadline.

After you find courses and you’re ready to apply, we’ll explain everything in more detail, but here’s a brief overview:

  1. Fill in your details, qualifications and course choices.
  2. Write a personal statement to demonstrate you’ll be a good student.
  3. Include your reference and pay your application fee. For 2018 entry, the application fee is £13 for a single choice, or £24 for more than one choice. 

How to meet entry requirements

Each course has different requirements you should have or be working towards in school or college – usually a mix of qualifications, subjects and/or exam grades.

As such, many applicants apply during their final year at school or college.

  • When you go to find courses, you’ll need to check the entry requirements so you can apply for courses you have a good chance of getting a place on.
  • This is where the option to apply for up to five courses comes in handy – you can choose courses with higher and lower requirements so that you’ll have a backup.

How to defer your uni or college application

There are two ways to defer your application to university or college, depending what stage of the application process you’re at.

  1. When making your application – you can select a ‘deferred’ start date for your chosen course in Apply, but it’s important to contact the uni or college before submitting your application to make sure they are happy to accept a deferred application.
  2. After you’ve applied – contact your chosen uni or college and ask if they’d be happy to change your course start date to the following year.