Applying for a course

Applying for university is an exciting time but can also be a daunting process. With important deadlines and various things to consider, we're here to help break it down for you.

Use our blogs and tools to guide you through the process, this page contains information on applying as an undergraduate, postgraduate or international student. 


Want to know how to apply for an undergraduate course? Explore your course options, read our UCAS guides and draft your personal statement.


UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) opens for full-time undergraduate applications for the following September.

September - December

Many universities hold open days during this time. They provide the ideal opportunity for you and your young person to take a look around the universities that they are interested in attending.

Find out more about our Undergraduate Open Days


31 January 2024: the deadline given by UCAS for the majority of undergraduate applications to be submitted. Certain courses may have an earlier or later deadline, such as applications to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and most dentistry, medicine or veterinary science courses. Schools and colleges will also have an internal deadline for references that need to be completed by a teacher.


  • 28 February 2024: UCAS Extra opens. If you have used all five university choices on UCAS and are not holding any offers, you can add more choices through this service


  • 16 May 2024: the deadline for all universities to respond to applications that they received by the January deadline


  • 6 June 2024: the deadline for students to respond to offers from universities if they received their offer by the May deadline
  • 30 June 2024: the UCAS main cycle closes for new applications. After this date, all applications must be made through Clearing


  • 4 July 2024: the last date to apply for a course in UCAS Extra
  • 5 July 2024: Clearing opens. This is an alternative way to apply to university. Students who don't already hold an offer can check which universities have places available. The main activity takes place around results day in August
  • 17 July 2024: the deadline for all universities to respond to applications that they received between 21 January and 30 June
  • 24 July 2024: the deadline for students to respond to offers received from universities by 17 July


  • 6 August 2024: SQA results are released
  • 15 August 2024: BTEC and A-level results are released

Students who don't meet the entry requirements for their firm or insurance choice can go into Clearing. They will need to contact universities directly to check if places are available. Clearing closes towards the middle of September, with most university courses starting around this time.

International students

Key dates throughout the year are still relevant to international students. Students will also need to consider visas and CAS as part of their application process and plan accordingly.

Undergraduate course search

Postgraduate course search

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Fees and Finance

What will your course cost? And how do you plan to fund your studies? Explore your options, whether you're a UK or international student looking for an undergraduate or postgraduate course.

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