This is the cut-off date for most degree courses. Between then and the end of June, although your Ucas form will be forwarded to the unis you have chosen, admissions tutors are not obliged to consider you. Whether they do depends on how many candidates are ahead of you in the queue, or have already been given places.
Check with universities directly to see if they accept late applications for the course you want to study.
Your next options are Extra or Clearing, both separate parts of the Ucas application cycle...
Extra: Ucas Extra runs from 25 February to 2 July for applicants who must have made five initial choices, but either have been unsuccessful in all cases or have declined any offers they received.
Clearing: the Clearing cycle kicks in from July, finishing in September. This is the time when any empty places are up for grabs.
For Extra or Clearing, you may increase your options by considering joint or combined degrees covering two or more subjects.If you decide to go for Clearing and you aren’t already in the Ucas system, don’t wait until it’s at its height to opt in. There’ll be an inevitable delay while you write and submit an application when people already in the system can sneak in and snap up places before you are even on board.
Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry, veterinary courses: 15 OctoberMiss this and your chances of being considered are slim to non-existent. If, come the summer, your grades are out of this world, then it could be worth contacting these unis and courses direct: they won’t feature in Clearing. Don’t hold your breath, because they are likely to have their own waiting list of candidates who did hit the deadline.
The conservatoires: 1 OctoberThis is the closing date for applications to for most UK conservatoire courses via Cukas (note: dance, drama or screen production courses may have a different deadlines - check direct). Again, it’s unlikely you’ll be considered after this point, as the auditions and interviews cycle gives little leeway for latecomers.
Art and design courses: 24 MarchThis is the deadline for some - not all! - art and design degrees, which will give you a breathing space if your portfolio remains a work in progress.
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