The university doesn't have to make decisions immediately though. They can sit on applications for a bit to get a better idea of their numbers.(Original post by TobaccoSmoke)
I think OP has a point actually. At this stage a university will be waiting to see how many accept their offers, so they're more likely to reject a late applicant outright, especially for a popular course that is likely to be over-subscribed.
If he waits until nearer the closing date before submitting his application then logically the university is going to know where they stand in regard to numbers, and if by chance they happen to be falling short of filling the course then a late applicant is likely to be considered far more favourably then they would have been when the university wasn't sure whether the course would be full or not.
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To the OP- your grades are relevant here. If you're applying for a course that isn't oversubscribed & you're predicted or have achieved ABB+ (and of course you meet the requirements for the course in question) you'd probably be accepted regardless of when you apply. If your grades are lower than ABB, applying ASAP is the way forward as students with those grades are competing for a limited amount of places.
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- 11-04-2013 12:46
lets be honest if 1000 AAAA grade students, who all took gap years and applied with the results achieved, had great PSs and relevant work experience, high class references etc but decided they wanted to go to a university that asked for 120 UCAS points. They are certainly not going to give out 1000 offers are they?
Why wouldn't a university make them all offers - they would easily be able to fund additional teaching staff to teach those students or facilities to teach them in, especially because they'd have a reasonable estimate of how many students had picked them as their firm choice by June (ie with 4-5 months to prepare to accommodate the extra students).
OP - delays are fine if they are to refine your application, contact universities directly to ensure they have vacancies or to research the courses more fully to be sure you're applying to the right courses/universities for you.
HOWEVER bear in mind the average time from application to offer/rejection is over 7 weeks. If you wait until much beyond mid May then your chances of getting responses from your choices before your applications are declined by UCAS on behalf of the universities (which happens on the 18 July) becomes much slimmer. You also give yourself much less time to decide between your choices if you get more than one offer.