The application process explained

Timeline and deadlines

UCAS timeline 

There are lots of key dates to be aware of when applying and preparing for a Higher Education course. 

Below are the key dates for the 17/18 cycle.

Further information can be found on the UCAS website

24th May 2017

UCAS Undergraduate Apply opens for 2018 entry

6th September 2017

Applications can be submitted to universities and colleges from this date onwards

15th October 2017

Deadline for application to Oxford, Cambridge and most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

The reference has to be completed before the application can be sent to UCAS

15th January 2018

Deadline for majority of undergraduate courses

The reference has to be completed before the application can be sent to UCAS

25th February 2018

UCAS Extra opens

24th March 2018

Deadline for some art and design courses (others have 15th January deadline – see individual institutions for when their UCAS deadline is for these courses).

The reference has to be completed before the application can be sent to UCAS

4th May
2018

Deadline for responding to offers.

If learners receive all their university/college decisions by 31st March, they must reply to any offer by 4th may – if not they will automatically be declined.

3rd May 2018

Deadline for universities and colleges to make offers.

If learners applied by the 15th January and are still waiting for decisions then this is the last day universities and colleges can respond, otherwise choices are automatically make unsuccessful.

7th June 2018

Deadline for responding to offers

If learners receive all their university/college decisions by 3rd May, they must reply to any offer by 7th June – if not they will automatically be declined.

This does not apply to those using UCAS Extra

21st June 2018

Deadline for responding to offers

If learners receive all their university/college decisions by 7th June, they must reply to any offer by 21st June – if not they will automatically be declined.

 

This does not apply to those using UCAS Extra

30th June 2018

Final deadline

If applications are sent before 18.00 UK time on 30th June, UCAS will send applications to the chosen universities and colleges. After this date applications will automatically be entered into Clearing.

4th July
2018

Deadline to apply in Extra

5th July
2018

Clearing opens

12th July 2018

Deadline for universities and colleges to make offers.

If learners applied by 30th June and are still waiting for decisions then this is the last day universities and colleges can respond, otherwise choices are automatically make unsuccessful.

19th July 2018

Deadline for responding to offers

If learners receive all their university/college decisions by 12th July, they must reply to any offer by 19th July – if not they will automatically be declined and entered into Clearing.

This includes Extra choices

16th August 2018

Results day and Adjustment open for registration

31st August 2018

Remaining offer conditions must be met and Adjustment ends

20th September 2018

Final deadline for 2018 entry

 

Applications must arrive to UCAS by 18.00 UK time

23rd October 2018 

Deadline for adding Clearing choices and for universities and colleges to accept Clearing applicants.

UCAS Timeline 2017-18 [Downloadable]

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