How to apply

If you would like to apply for a place on an undergraduate course in the UK, you will usually need to apply through UCAS.

The deadlines for applications for course entry in 2022 are:

15 October 2021 at 18:00 (UK time)

Courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry. You can apply for courses with a later deadline separately, but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total.

26 January 2022 at 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses.

Read on for more information about applying to a course and what to do if you have missed an application deadline.

If you are applying for a place on a practice-based musical theatre, music, dance or drama course at one of the UK’s conservatoires, you should apply through the UCAS conservatoire route.

Please see our ‘international applicants’ section for information about how to apply from outside the UK.

If you miss the UCAS application deadline for your chosen course, don’t worry. If you miss the main deadline, you can still apply for many courses until 30 June, but you should check with the university or college that they have spaces first.

After 30 June, you can still apply for courses through Clearing.  Clearing is the system that universities and colleges use to fill any spaces they have on their higher education courses. From July – October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

Clearing is run by UCAS. They hold the official vacancy list, so you can find courses that still have spaces using their search tool.

You can find full details of the Clearing process, and access the UCAS search tool, on the Clearing section of the UCAS website.

When you’ve found a course you’d like to apply to, don’t forget that you can also access official data and information about it on Discover Uni.

For most undergraduate higher education courses in the UK, you will usually be expected to apply through UCAS. However, there are a few exceptions where applicants should apply directly to the course provider – for example, some part time or professional courses.

If you are only applying for one particular course, some providers will accept a direct application. However, this usually only applies to students with specific circumstances. If you are unsure of the application process for a particular course, it is best to check with the university or college directly.

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