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.
2019 entry applications can be submitted to UCAS from 5 September 2018. See deadlines below — the 24 March deadline will not be used for 2019 entry.
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 (15 October 2018 for 2019 entry), 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 (15 January 2019 for 2019 entry), 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses. Some 2018 entry 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. 2019 entry art and design courses will have the 15 January deadline.
- 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. This deadline will not be used for 2019 entry.
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.
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.
Missed your deadline?
What needs to be done by these dates?
- Fill in your details, qualifications and course choices.
- Write a personal statement to demonstrate you’ll be a good student.
- Include your reference and pay your application fee.
Independent applicants (not through a school)
Does your course start early between January and May?
Are you deferring your application until the following year?
International and EU students
How to meet entry requirements
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.
International and EU students
Mature students (over 21)
There are two ways to defer your application to university or college, depending what stage of the application process you’re at.
- 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.
- 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.