We use the UCAS online service with everyone in Year 12 to support your post 18 career planning and to consider university as the next step in your educational journey.
Some courses have different deadlines, and many are a long time in advance of the start of the course.
Deadlines for on-time applications For courses starting in 2021, your completed application should be with UCAS by the deadline to guarantee that the universities that you apply to consider your application.
As a school we have an EARLIER DEADLINE, please check your deadline, and follow this to get your application in on time. This gives us enough time to read your application, check you've entered your qualifications correctly, write and attach your reference, and submit your application to UCAS.
15 October2020 for 2021 entry at 18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry. You can add choices with a different deadline later, but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total.
29 January 2021 for 2021 entry at 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses. (Following UK COVID-19 restriction announcements the deadline for undergraduate applications has been extended from 15 January.)
Applying to study dance and drama at a conservatoire? Your application deadline has also been extended to 29 January. Some course providers require additional admissions tests to be taken alongside the UCAS application, and these may have a deadline. You can find out more about tests on the UCAS website. Student funding arrangements mean that as offers are made and places fill up, some courses may only have vacancies for students from certain locations. It’s therefore really important that you apply for your chosen courses by the appropriate deadline as not all courses will have places for all students. All applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing – you can find out more about clearing on the UCAS website.
Applying for an apprenticeship? You can apply for as many apprenticeships as you like, on top of your university applications. It’s more like applying to a job – positions can start at any time of year and application deadlines differ between employers. You should navigate to the section ‘Career Finder’ to find apprenticeship vacancies – next to each will be the closing date. The application fee is £20 if you’re applying to just one course, or £26 for multiple courses and for late applications sent after 30 June.
How to meet entry requirements Each course has different requirements you should have or be working towards in school– usually a mix of qualifications, subjects and/or exam grades.
When you go to find course on UCAS, 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.
You can start researching your options on the UCAS website here: