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UCAS: Deadlines and 3 Genius Ways to Get Extra UCAS Points

We want to make sure you understand the UCAS process in it's 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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2018 UCAS deadline timeline 

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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 .

15 October 2017

When applying for Oxford, Cambridge or most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science - you should submit your application and reference by 6pm. 

15 January 2018

Applications and references for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 6pm. 

25 February 2018

Extra starts for eligible applicants.

24 March 2018

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! 

30 June 2018

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.

4 July 2018

This is the last date for applicants to add an Extra choice.

31 August 2018

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.

20 September 2018

The final deadline for applications to 2018 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 6pm.

23 October 2018

The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.

What are UCAS tariff points?

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. 

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UCAS tariff points table

3 genius ways to get extra UCAS points

1. Volunteer

Earn up to 50 extra UCAS points and help out a good cause by taking an ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification. 

2. Take an extra AS Level

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.

3. Learn an instrument (or get graded)

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. 

For more ways to stand out in your university application, see 8 genius ways to make your university application stand out.

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