We want to make sure you understand the UCAS process in its entirety, which is why we've broken down the next year into the key dates you need to know for your university application. We've also made UCAS tariff points understandable, calculable, and found 3 genius ways to get additional UCAS points.
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The dates vary between courses and course providers, so it's worth checking specific course requirements if you know where you would like to apply .
When applying for Oxford, Cambridge or most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science - you should submit your application and reference by 6pm.
Applications and references for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 6pm.
Extra starts for eligible applicants.
Various art courses have a deadline of 6pm on this day. Be sure to check specific entry requirements for your course. And remember - you can submit early if you're confident!
If an application is sent to UCAS by 6pm on the 30th, they'll send it to the chosen universities or colleges. Applications received after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing.
This is the last date for applicants to add an Extra choice.
The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant – this day also marks the end of Adjustment.
The final deadline for applications to 2018 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 6pm.
The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.
As well as grades and specific qualifications, there are various universities across the UK who will ask for UCAS points as part of their entry requirements. These are a bit of a pain to calculate, but hopefully our handy tariff points table will help do some of the tedious work for you. If your qualifications aren’t in the table, don’t worry about this - just check the specific entry requirements for your course, or ask admissions departments direct if you still have any questions.
ASDAN offer community-based courses that can get you plenty of extra UCAS points, such as the CoPE (16 UCAS points) and Wider Key Skills (3 different qualifications available, 8 points each).
Ask your school or college about undertaking these courses to up your UCAS points!
Think about any subjects you like the sound of, those you can see yourself able to work around your current schedule. Here’s a handy list of subjects you could consider picking up at AS level to boost those points for your university application.
Learning an instrument in a year or two is easier said than done, however, if you see yourself as a competent musician as it is, and are yet to be examined, this one could be for you! Any grade above 6 will earn you precious points in your university application.
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