Ucas application deadline checklist

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Is your Ucas application ready to go? Make sure you’re ready to press send with our checklist

29 January is the deadline for you to get your Ucas application submitted (although you do have options if you’re not going to get it finished in time).

Use our handy checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything vital.

Have you definitely filled in the whole application?

If you haven’t completed all of the sections, you won’t be able to click on the pay/send button. If you have filled the whole thing out, all of the boxes on the checklist down the left-hand side of your application should be ticked, except for pay/send.

Have you proofread your application?

Give your application (and especially your personal statement) a final read before you send it off – it’s easy for mistakes to slip through the net, and you’ll want to give yourself every chance to get rid of them.

Have you entered all of your qualifications?

Remember to enter qualifications you’re taking in the coming year, such as A-levels or BTECs, as well as the ones you already have.

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Are your contact details right?

It’s worth double-checking that you’ve entered up-to-date contact information in the personal details section of your form, as the universities you’ve applied to may use these to get in touch with you about interviews and offers.

Have you included a reference and made sure their contact details are right?

You need to have a reference included in your application before you can send it off. You should also make sure that you’ve entered the right contact details for them as otherwise your application could be held up.

Have you entered the right institution and course codes in the choices section?

This is an easier mistake to make than you might think – make sure you haven’t, for example, chosen the wrong university where there are two in the same city with a similar name.

Has your school checked your application?

Your school needs to have enough time to check your application over for any mistakes and get it sent off to Ucas, so it’s best not to send it too close to the 6pm deadline on 29 January – and to warn them if you are going to be cutting it fine.

This is because if they do notice a mistake they might send it back to you to make changes. Even if you’ve nailed it and produced a totally error-free application, they’ll still need more than a few minutes to get it sent off to Ucas.

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Have you got your login details?

Avoid a last-minute login panic by making sure you have your username and password handy. If you’re wracking your brains and you just can’t remember what they are, you can give Ucas a call and they should be able to help you out.

Have you got a debit or credit card ready to pay for your application?

Most people will need to pay for their application before they send it. The cost is either £20 for one course or £25 for multiple courses, and you’ll be able to pay with a debit or credit card. Make sure you know which card you’re going to use and have it ready to hand.

The only people who won’t have to pay are those whose school is paying for them. You’ll know if this is the case because you won’t have been asked to make a payment before sending the application to your referee.

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