When to apply
Deadlines for on-time applications
UCAS Undergraduate Apply is now open for 2017 entry. You can start your application now, but completed applications cannot be submitted to us until 6 September 2016.
- 15 October 2015, 18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry. Some course providers require additional admissions tests to be taken alongside the UCAS application. Find out more about these tests.
- 15 January 2016, 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses.
- 24 March 2016, 18:00 (UK time) – for some art and design courses.
All applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing – find out more about Clearing.
If you’re applying through your school or college, sometimes they give you earlier deadlines to fill in your application than ours – this is to make sure they can write your reference and send your application to us on time.
We recommend you ask the universities whether they have vacancies first – especially for courses with a 15 October deadline, as it’s unusual for them to consider late applications because their courses are really competitive.
- 30 June, 18:00 (UK time) – the final deadline for late applications with course choices
- 20 September, 18:00 (UK time) – it’s still okay to apply by this date, but instead of choosing courses, you’ll be entered into ‘Clearing’ – the process universities and colleges use to fill any places they still have on their courses
While the 15 October deadline is usually inflexible, don’t worry if you miss the January deadline.
Don’t leave it too late though, because if you do get a place, you’ll still need to arrange a visa and your accommodation.
Because part-time study options vary by duration, study mode and location, you'll need to contact course providers direct to apply. This way you can discuss your requirements and your experience to see which course provider will be the most suitable for you.
Our part-time course search is available each year from July until September. Unlike full-time applications, you don't need to find a course as far in advance, so the application process is much shorter.
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.
If you're applying as an independent applicant (not through a school), we recommend you ask your referee to complete your reference well in advance of the deadline to avoid any delays.
Remember to look into student finance too. If you need a loan or financial support, you can apply to a student finance organisation.
- This kind of variation in course start dates can affect deadlines, so if you’re interested in one of these when you search for courses, check the application details in the course listings or by contacting the university or college.
- Please note, you can still add further choices with more typical start dates to your application later on, (as long as you haven't yet accepted any offers), but if you're interested in any courses with earlier start dates, make sure you don't miss any of the earlier deadlines.
This way you can get your results confirmed and hopefully receive an unconditional offer for the following year.
- If you're applying for deferred entry in 2017 you need to meet offer conditions by 31 August 2016. However, make sure you check with the university or college that they're happy to consider an application for deferred entry – otherwise your choice might be wasted.
- Make sure you’re sure about the course though, because if you secure a place you’ll be committed to it, and could only be released from the course if the course provider agrees to let you.
- They can sometimes help you with your UCAS application or visa application.
- It’s your choice whether you use an adviser or not – they can offer valuable support, but if you don’t use an adviser you’ll not be disadvantaged in any way.
- If the adviser is registered as a UCAS centre they will have access to the best advice and can oversee your application through UCAS’ online system. These centres are widely considered as a trusted source of applications by universities and colleges.
- Please note some advisers may charge for their services if they are agents.
- I gofrestru yn Gymraeg, pan fyddwch yn mynd i’r gwasanaeth Ymgeisio, (Apply), dewiswch ‘Cymraeg’.
- Pan fyddwch wedi mewngofnodi i’ch cais, gallwch newid yr iaith i Gymraeg neu Saesneg ar y dudalen Opsiynau.
- Mae’r testun help ar gael yn y Gymraeg yn Ymgeisio hefyd.
- Yn y gwasanaeth Ymgeisio, gallwch ddewis derbyn gohebiaeth gan ddarparwyr cyrsiau a gennym ni yn y Gymraeg.
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.
This allows you to apply earlier in the year, to give yourself more chance of getting a place on a course you want.
You’ll also need to demonstrate your English language skills.
You can discuss alternatives with course providers, such as taking an Access course, or getting accreditation for prior learning, life experience or work experience.