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A Guide to UCAS Deadlines and Application

A Guide to UCAS Deadlines and Application

13 January, 2020

UCAS is pretty critical when it comes to studying in the UK. All international students pursuing a UK university offer know about UCAS, and by this time of the year, you are probably waiting for your mid-January deadline. It’s a bit stressful to go through a thoroughly calculated process, knowing that your whole future depends on it. But as stressful as it is, it’s exciting and thrilling too. UCAS has various deadlines and applications that you, might be unable to keep up with its usual procedures as a student who has always followed a system of education of another country. While dates vary between courses and course providers, there are some general ones.

What is UCAS? It’s a UK universities and colleges admissions service. All full-time UK undergraduate university course applications need to come through UCAS, as they’re the organization processing the applications and sending out the offers.

What to Include in Your UCAS Application?

To start gathering the required data and documents for UCAS application is one of the most life-changing experiences you can go through. The top things to include in your UCAS application are qualifications, the content of a written personal statement reflecting your motivation, passion and skills related to your high potential success in university, quality and content of reference, knowledge of and commitment to the subject discipline, and positive attitude to learning and development. Spend a good time editing the language you’re using while writing and expressing all the things mentioned above. Never underestimate the power of your word choice, language tone and feel, and unique expressions. That’s how the admissions teams will get a sense of who you are.

The good news is you don’t have to finish it all at once. You can fill your application in UCAS’s online system, save your progress, and come back to finish it in anytime.

What UCAS Do with Your Results?

UCAS teams match them to the records of your exam entry and to the qualifications you list on your application. A delay in the outcome of your offer might occur if your application’s information doesn’t match your results.

UCAS sends them to the universities, colleges, and conservatoires that you’re holding offers with.

It’s important to note that you can only apply once per cycle; if you want to apply again, the system will get you a new application to fill and submit.

students waiting for their university offers - UCAS

Results, Confirmation, and Clearing

On the 15th of January, 2020, the majority of undergraduate course applications should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 UK time. Some candidates are eligible for Extra Starts, and this opens on the 25th of February. Note that this is the 2020 entry deadline for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with the 15th of October deadline.

2020 UCAS Decisions

If you receive the decision by the 31st of March, reply by the 5th of May. If you receive all the decisions by the 6th of May, answer by the 4th of June. If you receive the decision by the 4th of June, reply by the 18th of June.

2020 entry applications received after the 30th of June are entered into Clearing.

The last date to apply in Extra for 2020 entry is on the 5th of July. If you receive the decision by the 13th of July, reply by the 20th of July.

2020 SQA results day is on the 4th of August, and the 13th of August is the 2020 A-Level Results Day.

The last date to add 2020 entry Clearing choices and for universities and colleges to make decisions is on the 20th of October.

Your choice will be automatically made unsuccessful if the university you’ve applied to doesn’t decide by the appropriate deadline.

what to expect when you receive a student offer from a UK university

Universities and colleges make either conditional or unconditional offers.

A conditional offer means that you need to meet the requirements through an exam. In other words, the reply will have some conditions so you can get your place confirmed. You might need to wait till summer to see if your exam results meet the requirements. The conditions could be grades, scores, subjects or additional documents so the university is able to finalize your application. They reassess your application and the extra documents so you can get your conditional offer. 

An unconditional offer means you’ve got your place, so congratulations! Check the offer carefully and make sure you understand what you need to do next after you’ve earned your place. You might need to get a DBS or PVG check, provide proof of your results or submit other financial/medical documents. Contact your university or college if you have any questions or if a further requirement is unclear to you. By accepting an unconditional offer, you’re committed to attending that college or university, and proceeding with the payment and visa application, if required. 

If the offer you’ve received is not the one you’d like to go for, you can decline it and apply using Clearing.

If you’re applying for 2021 entry, you need to get an offer by the 31st of August, 2020. It varies depending on the university replying to you with different deadlines, so pay close attention.

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