When to Apply to University

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When to apply to university

Here at Apply to Uni we give you all of the information you need about university from which universities are top of the league tables to how to write the perfect personal statement.

In this article we look at when to apply to university as not all university and courses have the same application deadlines.


2016 application dates

For university courses starting in 2016 you’ll need to get your application to UCAS by one of the following dates:

  • 15 October 2015 (6pm UK time)– if you’re applying for any course at Oxford or Cambridge, or you’re applying to study medicine, veterinary medicine/science, or dentistry.

If you’re applying for these courses, or to Oxford or Cambridge, you may find that there are additional tests or entry requirements you’ll need alongside your UCAS application. 

  • 15 January 2016 (6pm UK time)– for the majority of university courses
  • 24 March 2016 (6pm UK time)– for some art and design courses

Applying through your school or college

The majority of students will be applying to university through their school or college. This usually means that they’ll be given earlier application deadlines to help ensure they have time to write references and send applications in time for the UCAS deadlines.


What happens if you miss those deadlines?

If your application is received after30 June 2016you will be automatically entered into Clearing. “Clearing” is the UCAS process of matching universities with course vacancies to students without university places.

We can give you all of the Clearing advice you need to get into university.


What if your course starts between January and May?

If you’re applying for a course that starts early, between January and May, then you may find that the application dates are different.

It’s best to contact the university you’re applying to and confirming the application deadlines if your course doesn’t start as usual in September or October.


What if you’re deferring your entry to university?

Deferring your entry is a great way to take a break but know that you’ve got an unconditional offer when you’re ready to go to university.

You’ll need to check with your university that they’re happy for you to defer your place and you’ll need to meet the offer conditions by31 August 2016.


What does the UCAS application involve?

The first part of applying to university is to decide which course is right for you and then to choose up to five universities to apply to.

Once you’ve done this you can then begin your application on the UCAS website.

The application has seven sections, all of which you’ll need to fill in before your application is complete. Here’s a brief overview of the application process:

  • You’ll need to fill in your personal details, qualifications, and course choice(s)
  • You’ll need to write a personal statement
  • You’ll need to include your reference(s)
  • You’ll need to pay your application fee - £11 if you’re only applying for one university or £22 if you want to apply for up to five universities

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