Dates and deadlines for uni applications

Some courses have different deadlines, and many are a long time in advance of the start of the course. Find out which deadline applies to you, and what you need to do by that deadline.

2024 entry application deadlines

For courses starting in 2024 (and for deferred applications), your application should be with us at UCAS by one of these dates – depending on what courses you apply for. If your completed application – including all your personal details and your academic reference – is submitted by the deadline, it is guaranteed to be considered.

If you're applying through your school/college, please check their deadline, and follow this to get your application in on time. This gives them enough time to read your application, check you've entered your qualifications correctly, write and attach your reference, and submit your application to us.

Check course information in our search tool to see which deadline applies to you.

  1. 16 Oct

    Early deadline for 2024 entry

    18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry. You can add choices with a different deadline later, but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total.  
  2. 31 Jan

    Deadline for 2024 entry

    18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses. 
  3. 28 Feb

    UCAS Extra opens

    If you received no offers, or rejected any offers you did, you can add an extra choice from this date. For more information, visit our Extra page
  4. 30 Jun

    Automatic entry to Clearing

    Any applications received after 18:00 (UK time) today will be automatically entered into Clearing.
  5. 04 Jul

    UCAS Extra closes

    The last date to add an extra choice. 
  6. 05 Jul

    Clearing opens

    Clearing 2024 opens for applicants to begin researching Clearing courses. Discover information and advice on our Clearing and Results day pages.
  7. 21 Oct

    Clearing closes

    The final day to add a Clearing choice. 

Missed deadline?

If you don’t meet the main application deadline, you can still apply for many courses.

We recommend you ask the universities whether they have vacancies first – especially for courses with a 16 October deadline, as it’s unusual for them to consider late applications because their courses are really competitive.

International and EU students

Many universities and colleges will continue to accept applications from international students until later in the year, nearer the beginning of the course.

Discover any information you might need to succeed in applying to UK institutions as an international student. Find advice on visas, English language skills, why you should study in the UK and what your qualifications will mean.

International Students

2025 entry application deadlines

2025 entry applications opened on 14 May 2024, but cannot be submitted to UCAS until 3 September 2024. 
  1. 30 Apr

    UCAS’ search tool displays 2025 courses

  2. 14 May

    Undergraduate applications open for 2025 entry

    You can register and start your application in your UCAS Hub.
  3. 03 Sep

    Completed undergraduate applications can be submitted to UCAS

    You will need a reference before you can send your application.
  4. 15 Oct

    (18:00 UK time) Deadline for applications to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most courses in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine/science

    You can add choices with a different deadline later, but don’t forget you can only have five choices in total. 
  5. 29 Jan

    (18:00 UK time) Equal consideration date for applications for most undergraduate courses

  6. 26 Feb

    Extra opens

    If you've used all five choices and are not holding any offers, you  may be able to add another choice in your application. For more information, visit our Extra page
  7. 30 Jun

    (18:00 UK time) Applications received by this deadline will be sent to universities and colleges

    After this time, applications are automatically entered into Clearing.
  8. 04 Jul

    Last day to add an Extra choice in your application

  9. 05 Jul

    Clearing opens

    Clearing opens for eligible applicants, and vacancies are displayed in UCAS’ search tool. Applicants can release themselves into Clearing. Discover information and advice on our Clearing and Results day pages.
  10. 20 Oct

    Last date to add a Clearing choice

Applying for an apprenticeship?

You can apply for as many apprenticeships as you like, on top of your university applications. It’s more like applying to a job – positions can start at any time of year and application deadlines differ between employers.

Use our apprenticeship search to find vacancies – next to each will be the closing date.  

Go to apprenticeship search

Part-time students

Because part-time study options vary by duration, study mode and location, you'll need to contact course providers direct to apply. This way you can discuss your requirements and your experience to see which course provider will be the most suitable for you.

Flexible and part-time study

Other information

Independent applicants (not through a school)

If you're applying as an independent applicant (not through a school), we recommend you ask your referee to complete your reference well in advance of the deadline to avoid any delays.

Remember to look into student finance too. If you need a loan or financial support, you can apply to a student finance organisation.

Does your course start early between January and July?

A few courses start between January and July, rather than the more typical start dates of September/October.

  • This kind of variation in course start dates can affect deadlines, so if you’re interested in one of these when you search for courses, check the application details in the course listings or by contacting the university or college.
  • Please note, you can still add further choices with more typical start dates to your application later on, (as long as you haven't yet accepted any offers), but if you're interested in any courses with earlier start dates, make sure you don't miss any of the earlier deadlines.

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