UCAS university application deadlines: What you need to do and when

Applying to university this year?

Here's our guide to keeping on top of things. We've listed the key dates you need to know about and what you need to do, along with all the helpful resources available on TSR.

15 October: UCAS deadline for Oxbridge and most medicine, veterinary and dentistry courses

If you're applying for one of these courses and/or universities, it's important that you let your teachers know well in advance. They will need to prepare your reference earlier, so give them plenty of time.

Use our personal statement builder to help craft your perfect statement, and our guides to applying to Oxbridge, for medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry.

15 January: UCAS deadline for most undergraduate course applications

Make sure you have got everything organised before this date. You don't want to be caught out by a computer failure or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Look up your choices in our A-Z university guides and find out when you can visit them using our university open days calendar.

Read our ten steps to applying to university, how to wrap up your uni application by Christmas and how to avoid getting five rejections.

25 February: UCAS Extra opens

If you've not received any offers or you've changed your mind, you'll be able to apply through UCAS Extra. This runs all the way through to 5 July, so there's no need to rush into making any decisions.

Here's our guide to understanding Extra.

From 5 May: Deadlines to decide on offers

Your deadline to reply to offers depends on when you receive decisions. These are the 2020 dates:

  • 5 May. If you receive all offers by 31 March, you need to reply to any offers by this date.
  • 4 June. If you receive all offers by 6 May, you need to reply to any offers by this date (unless you are applying through UCAS Extra).
  • 18 June. If you receive all offers by 4 June, you need to reply to offers by this date (unless you are applying through UCAS Extra).
  • 20 July. Final deadline to reply if you have received all offers by 13 July.

Take your time when deciding, making sure you're certain about your firm and insurance choice universities so you don't have any regrets on results day.

While it's possible to change your mind later on and apply through Clearing, this is a risky strategy and you'll be a lot less stressed if you make the right choices now. 

Universities may offer your bonuses or other offers for making them your firm choice, such as guaranteed unconditional offers. Unless it's a university you want to go to, resist the temptation. Make sure you choose the places you've got your heart set on.

Read our guides to making firm and insurance choices, changing your mind on firm and insurance choicestracking and replying to your offers, understanding conditional offers and understanding unconditional offers.

6 May: Universities due to make their decisions

For applications submitted by 15 January, this is the deadline for universities to respond.

Hopefully you've made good university choices and now have at least one offer in hand. Congratulations! It's time to focus on your exams and making sure you get your grades.

Use our exam revision and study help hub, study planner and learning tools and resources to help you.

If you've not received any offers don't panic, as you'll still be able to apply through UCAS Extra.

30 June: Applications after this date go through Clearing

If you've only just decided you want to go to university, it's not too late. You can still apply through what's known as Clearing. 

Read our guide to Clearing, advice on how to choose a university through Clearing and students' experiences of Clearing.

 

6 July, 4 August and 13 August: Results

These are the dates for IB, SQA and A-level results, in this order.

Adjustment, which may be your ticket to a better university or course if you do better than expected, also opens on 13 August. Here's our guide to using Adjustment.

31 August: UCAS deadline for meeting conditions

If you're getting remarks or waiting on other qualifications in order to meet the conditions of your offer, you'll need to make sure this gets to the university by this date.

 

20 October: Clearing closes

This is the last day to add your Clearing choices.

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