Applying to University and UCAS Deadlines
All applications to UK universities for full-time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
- Regardless of the course or university that you're applying to, you'll need to have a good grasp of the UCAS deadlines you're facing, as missing them could jeopardise your application.
- As is the case with any deadline, do not leave your application to the last minute. From March to September research courses and universities attend open days, higher education fairs and conferences.
The infographic below contains the full list of UCAS deadlines and key dates for students applying for 2018 entry. Some of the dates may not be relevant to you, but make sure to read it through and note down any that are. And remember, it never hurts to be organised long before a deadline!
2019 dates will be very similar to those in 2018.
The application process varies depending on the type of institution you’re applying for, the level of degree and how you are choosing to study.
UCAS' online application procedure is called 'Apply'.
- UCAS works closely with schools, colleges, libraries and other agencies to ensure that all applicants have access to this system.
- Apply is available on the UCAS website alongside details of all the courses available so you can apply from any computer with access to the internet.
- Read our advice on filling in your application.
- If you're a performing arts student, you may want to apply to a conservatoire. Applications to most of these institutions need to be made through UCAS Conservatoires, and you can read about more about this system and the key dates here. Many colleges also recruit through the UCAS system. Along with universities, these institutions help to make up the list of over 700 providers featured in our Course Chooser.
- Applications to part-time courses are slightly different, and you will need to contact universities individually to find out how to apply.
- If you are looking for postgraduate study, some are accessed via UCAS' UKPASS service, while others are processed by direct application. Read more about postgraduate applications here.
UCAS Application Deadlines – Key Dates for 2018 Entry
If you miss the January deadline, you can still apply up until 30 June 2018 (by 18:00 UK time). But be aware, universities do not have to accept your application, and applications will be marked as 'late'.
Many schools and colleges will encourage students to apply well before the 15 January deadline, with early November a common school/college deadline. This allows the school to add things such as references, and check personal statements and choices.
Next page: Performing Arts Applications Via UCAS Conservatoires
Mid-September 2017 - University applications can be submitted through UCAS.
You should already be thinking about your personal statement - check out our writing guide and personal statement examples if you're stuck.
15th October 2017 - Deadline for applications for Oxbridge and Medical, Veterinary Medicine/Science and Dentistry applications (including non UK/EU applicants).
15th January 2018 - Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all applications, including the UCAS reference, for all courses except those with a 15 October deadline, and Art & Design courses with a 24 March deadline.
25th February 2018 - UCAS Extra opens. If you are eligible to use Extra, you can refer yourself to another choice. Find out more about UCAS Extra.
24th March 2018 - Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all applications, including the reference, for some Art & Design courses except those listed with a 15 January deadline.
31st March 2018 - Date universities will usually have made a decision about your application if you sent it before the 15th January deadline (although this may take longer in some cases.)
2nd May 2018 - The date you need to make a decision on your firm and insurance choice if all your universities responded by the 31st March deadline. If UCAS do not receive your responses, they will decline offers on your behalf.
3rd May 2018 - If you applied by 15th January, universities and colleges need to send their decisions by this date. If they don't, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
7th June 2018 - The date you need to make a decision on your firm and insurance choice if all your decisions are received by 3rd May 2018.
21st June 2018 - If UCAS receive all decisions from your universities or colleges by 7th June, you need to reply to any offers by this date (unless you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don't receive your replies, they will decline the offers on your behalf.
30th June 2018 - Applications received after 30 June are entered in to Clearing.
4th July 2018 - UCAS Extra closes.
5th July 2018 - UCAS Clearing Opens.
5th July 2018 - International Baccalaureate results are published.
12th July 2018 - If you applied by 30th June and are waiting for decisions, universities and colleges need to send UCAS their decisions by this date. If they don't, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
19th July 2018 - If UCAS receive all decisions from your universities/colleges by 12 July, you need to reply to any offers by this date (this includes if you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don't receive your replies, they will decline your offers on your behalf.
7th August 2018 - SQA Results Day. Start of Scottish Clearing vacancy information service.
16th August 2018 - A Level Results Day; full Clearing vacancy information available. Adjustment opens.
31st August 2018 - Adjustment closes.
20th September 2018 - The last date UCAS will accept applications for courses starting in 2017.
30th September 2018 - The Clearing vacancy search is closed after this date. You should contact universities direct to discuss vacancies. Clearing choices can still be added in UCAS Track.
23rd October 2018 - This is the last date to add a Clearing choice. This is also the last date a university or college can accept an applicant in Clearing.
If you've got the place you hoped for it's a good time to sort out your accommodation, finances and other things you might want to take to university.