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Availability of Apply and Track: 25 – 26 August

We are carrying out planned maintenance on Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August. This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Friday 25 August
  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 26 August
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 26 August
Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 26 August.
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Adding a Clearing choice in Track

Only add a Clearing choice if a university or college has given you permission to add their course, and you want to accept it. If you add a Clearing choice without discussing it with the uni or college, this may delay the progress of your application – read our Clearing advice.

Events and open days

UCAS events along with university and college open days can help you choose where to study. They give you the chance to ask questions and see what's available.
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Open days video
Going to a university open day helps you see if it's the right place for you. Follow our tips to get the most of the visit.
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Signed video about open days
In this signed video we'll explain how to get the best out of visiting your chosen universities and colleges.
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UCAS higher education exhibitions
Tips and advice about what to do before, during, and after you attend an event.
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How open days can help

These are days where potential applicants can explore uni and college campuses and facilities. You can meet students and staff, ask questions and see if you think you’d be happy there.


Preparing for open days

  1. Make a shortlist — there are 395 unis and higher education colleges in the UK — so visiting them all is pretty much impossible! Whittling them down to a shortlist could take a while, so here are a couple of resources that might help: the UCAS search tool and our open days search tool.
  2. What to expect — don't worry; you won't just be left to your own devices when you attend an open day. Each uni will have planned an itinerary of activities that will run throughout the day — such as tours, talks, meet and greet sessions, and more. Check uni websites or speak to them to see if they have a planned timetable of activities.
  3. Plan ahead — it's also a good idea to have your own agenda in mind when visiting a uni or college. Consider what you'd like to find out more about, which departments you'd like to take a look at, and prepare some questions.
  4. Taster courses — got a couple of unis in mind? Why not see if they run taster courses? These are designed to give students a flavour of the course they're interested in applying to. Often they'll include a number of workshops and seminar sessions, led by academic teaching staff at the university, as well as campus and accommodation tours.
  5. Higher education exhibitions — we hold over 50 UCAS exhibitions each year, right across the UK. They're an excellent opportunity for you to meet numerous unis and colleges in the same place at the same time. They're worth attending even if you're considering other options: professional bodies, recruiters and volunteer organisations exhibit too.

Can’t come?

If you can't make one of the open day dates, don’t worry – get in touch with the university or college and see if they’ll arrange a visit on a different date for you. Alternatively, take a look at some virtual tours.


How an event can help

Come and speak to reps from universities, colleges, UCAS and many other interesting organisations. They’re big events run all over the country – great chances to help you figure out what to study, or to find student deals and careers info.