Is your child ready for the 15 January deadline?

As the deadline approaches, we’ll be providing lots of useful information and advice to help your child complete their application.
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If their deadline is 15 January, here’s what they need to know.

How you can help your child prepare for the deadline

  1. Share our  step-by-step guide to filling in your UCAS application (3.44 MB) if your child still has sections of their application they need to complete.
  2. Help your child write a great personal statement – point them towards our personal statement tool and resources.   
  3. Find out whether their school or college has set an earlier deadline. All applications need a reference before they can be sent to us.
  4. Encourage them to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be posting regular top tips, and important reminders of what they need to do, when.
  5. Let them know they’re not alone. If your child has a question about completing their application. Point them in the direction of our 15 January FAQs. They may also find our 15 January ‘how to apply’ and 'are you ready’ blogs useful.
  6. Make sure they’re aware of our 15 January deadline Facebook live session – taking place on 12 January at 15:30 (UK time), delivered by our UCAS experts.
  7. Get them to make a note of our Customer Experience Centre contact details, so they can get in touch if they need any last minute help.

Closer to the deadline, we’ll be sending important reminders to those who still have applications in progress, making sure they have all the information they need to complete their application on time. If you know your child hasn’t yet sent their application, tell them to keep an eye out for our reminders.

What happens once their application has been sent?

Once their application has been sent, your child can keep an eye on Track to check its progress. Here, they’ll be able to see decisions from their chosen universities and colleges, and reply to any offers. There are a number of different decisions universities and colleges can make, and different replies your child can make to any offers they receive. It can get confusing if they’re not prepared, so encourage them to take a look at our website to understand the different types of offers, and what their options are.

What if my child misses the deadline?

Applications can still be sent to us after our deadlines, but the universities and colleges they’re applying to cannot guarantee they’ll be considered or looked at.

We recommend your child asks 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.

Key dates to be aware of:

  • 30 June at 18:00 (UK time) – the final deadline for applications with course choices.
  • 20 September at 18:00 (UK time) – it’s still OK to apply by this date, but instead of choosing courses, your child will be entered into Clearing – the process universities and colleges use to fill any places they still have on their courses.

You can find out more about when to apply on our website.

Is your child having second thoughts about applying to uni? Get them signed up for UCAS updates, and we’ll send them inspiring information based on what they've expressed an interest in.

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