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UCAS application timeline

  • September to January APPLY: Applications are made online to UCAS during this period. Our Activate Careers and Advice and Admissions teams can help you with your application and with writing your personal statement
  • Mid-October: DEADLINE 1: This is the deadline for applications to Oxford, Cambridge and all medicine, dentistry and veterinary choices (except nursing)
  • Mid-December: APPLICATION REMINDER: You must pay your fee to UCAS and submit your completed application form before this date. Remember, the sooner you can get your application in, the better!
  • Mid-January: APPLY FOR A LOAN: You should apply for your student loan as soon as the process opens in January. Don’t wait until you have received any offers, as this could delay your loans. There are two loans available: one to pay your tuition fee, the other to help with living expenses.
  • January to May: OFFERS AND ACCEPTANCES. This is when universities and colleges make decisions on applications and send out offers to applicants. When you have received all of your offers, you need to make one of them your firm offer (the one you most want) and make one an insurance offer (a back-up choice in case you don’t meet the requirements for your first choice). Don’t miss the date to respond, otherwise your choices will be cancelled.
  • July to August: RESULTS: BTEC results are sent out from mid-July. A-level results are released in mid-August. If you receive your results and they meet the conditions of your firm offer, then you don’t need to do anything else – your place is secured. If you don't meet the conditions of your firm or insurance offers, contact the institution if you were close to the offer grade and ask if they will still accept you.
  • August to September: CLEARING: If you weren’t holding any offers, you can enter clearing. Students are then matched with institutions which still have available places.