Deadlines for timely applications
For courses starting in 2021 (and for postponed applications), your application must be with us at UCAS before one of these dates, depending on the courses you are applying for. If your full application, including all of your personal details and academic references, is submitted before the deadline, it is guaranteed to be considered.
If you are applying through your school / university, check your deadline and follow it to receive your application on time. This will give them enough time to read your application, check that you have entered your grades correctly, write and attach your reference and send us your application.
October 15, 2020 for 6:00 p.m. UK time entry into 2021: any course at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, or for most courses in Medicine, Veterinary / Science and Dentistry. You can add options with a different deadline later. However, don’t forget that you can only have five options in total.
January 29, 2021 for entry into 2021 at 6:00 p.m. UK time for most courses. (Following the UK COVID-19 restriction announcements, the deadline for student applications has been extended from January 15th.)
Would you like to apply for a dance and theater degree at a conservatory? Your application deadline has also been extended to January 29th. Learn more.
Some course providers require that additional admission tests be taken in conjunction with the UCAS application. These can have a deadline. Learn more about these tests.
Check the course information on our search tool to see what deadline applies to you.
Apply as soon as possible
Student funding agreements mean that some courses may only be open to students in certain locations with certain offers and vacancies. Therefore, it is very important that you apply for the selected courses before the appropriate date, as not all courses have places for all students. Learn more.
All requests received after June 30th will be entered into the clearing. Learn more about clearing.
Did you miss your deadline?
If you miss the main application deadline, you can still apply for many courses.
We recommend that you ask the colleges first if they have any vacancies, especially for courses with a deadline of October 15, as it is unusual for them to consider late applications as their courses are really competitive.
June 30, 2021 6:00 p.m. UK time – The final deadline for late applications with course options
September 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (UK time) – you can still apply until that date. Instead of selecting courses, however, you enter “clearing,” the process by which universities and colleges fill in vacant positions in their courses
While the October 15th deadline is usually inflexible, if you miss the January deadline, don’t worry.
Many universities and colleges will continue to accept applications from international students until the end of the year, shortly before the course starts.
However, don’t leave it too late because if you can find a place you will still have to process a visa and your accommodation.
Since the options for part-time study vary depending on the duration, mode of study, and location, you will need to contact the course providers directly to apply. This allows you to discuss your requirements and experience to find out which course provider is best for you.
Are you applying for an apprenticeship?
In addition to your study applications, you can apply for as many apprenticeship positions as you want. It’s more like applying for a job – jobs can start at any time of the year, and application deadlines differ between employers. Go to Career Findede to find vacancies. next to each will be the closing date.
What should be done for this data?
You need to allow enough time to fill out your application, clarify any questions and make sure you reach us before the deadline.
Once you’ve found the courses and are ready to apply, we’ll explain everything in more detail. Here is a brief overview:
Enter your dates, grades, and course options.
Write a personal statement to show that you are a good student.
Provide your reference and pay your registration fee.
The registration fee is £ 20 if you are applying for a single course, or £ 26 for multiple courses and for applications submitted after June 30th.
Independent applicants (not through a school)
If you are applying as an independent applicant (not through a school), we recommend that you ask your referee to complete your referral well in advance of the deadline to avoid delays.
Also, think about student funding. If you need a loan or financial assistance, you can apply at a student finance organization.
Does your course start early between January and May?
Some courses start between January and May and not between the typical September / October start dates.
This type of variation in the start dates of the courses can affect the deadlines. So if you are interested in finding courses on any of these dates, please check the application details in the course list or contact the university or college.
Note that you can add more options with more typical start dates to your application later (if you haven’t accepted any offers yet). However, if you are interested in courses with earlier start dates, make sure you don’t miss any of the above deadlines.
Are you putting off your application until next year?
If you decide to postpone your studies, you can still apply now and postpone your start date by one year.
That way you can check your results and hopefully get an unconditional offer for the following year.
If you are requesting a delayed entry in 2022 in the 2021 cycle, you must meet the conditions of the offer by August 31, 2021. However, check with the university or college to see if they are considering requesting a late entry. Otherwise, your choice might be in vain.
However, make sure you have confidence in the course. If you secure a place, you are obligated to do so and can only be excluded from the course if the course provider agrees to admit it.
Find out how to postpone your application
International and EU students
Most students apply independently – all the advice and help you need can be found here at ucas.com or by asking us questions on Facebook or Twitter.
Alternatively, you can contact a local counselor – a school, college, university, counseling service or agency that can provide information on how to study in the UK.
Sometimes they can help you with your visa application or UCAS application.
The choice is yours whether you want to use a consultant or not; they can provide you with valuable support. However, if you don’t use an advisor, you won’t be at a disadvantage in any way.
If the consultant is registered as a UCAS center, they will have access to the best advice and will be able to monitor their application through the UCAS online system. These centers are widely recognized by universities and colleges as a reliable source of applications.
Be aware that some consultants may charge fees for their services when they are agents.
How to defer your college or university application
There are two ways to defer your application to the university or college, depending on what stage of the application process you are in.
When submitting your application, you can select a “deferred” start date for the course you chose in Apply, but it is important to contact the college or university before submitting your application to make sure they are happy to accept a deferred application. .
After you have applied, contact your chosen college or university and ask if they would be happy to change the start date of your course to the following year.