When preparing your UCAS application to apply for university, it is important to make sure you know the UCAS deadline dates.
The following information is for the UCAS deadlines for entry in autumn 2018. It is information for UK students applying to UK universities using UCAS.
The first UCAS deadline is:
15 October 2017, 18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry.
These deadlines should be treated as inflexible. Note that if you are applying for medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry you are limited to only four choices, instead of the normal five choices which applicants can make when using UCAS.
15 January 2018, 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses this is the main publicised UCAS deadline. If you miss this deadline it is still worth checking what is available, but you will have fewer choices.
Your school may give you a deadline before this date. This will be because they want to make sure that your Reference can be done and have time to send your application. It can also help you refocus on your subjects and getting the best grades you can.
24 March 2018, 18:00 (UK time) – for some art and design courses they allow applications to continue until March. It is also worth checking though if this applies to your course so that you do not get caught out by a January deadline.
30 June 2018, 18:00 (UK time) – this is the final UCAS deadline for late applications with course choices.
20 September 2018, 18:00 (UK time) – it is still okay to apply by this date, but instead of choosing courses, you’ll be entered into ‘Clearing’. That is the process universities and colleges use to fill any places they still have on their courses