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Introduction to and Important Dates for UCAS Application

For students who are preparing for their university admission journey, we have created a timetable with important milestones of the UCAS application and a brief introduction to the process to ensure you are ready for the road ahead!

There are three stages in UCAS application.

Stage 1 UCAS Initial Round of Application

Applications opened on May 18, and applicants can start submitting UCAS applications on September 7. Oxbridge and and most courses in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine/science usually have early deadline, which falls on 18:00 (UK time), Oct 15 this year. Applicants needn’t fill in all 5 university choices in UCAS application by this deadline, but have to submit the application by 18:00 (UK time), January 26, 2022, to complete the first stage of UCAS application. Universities other than Oxbridge such as Imperial College, LSE, UCL and the above-mentioned subjects share the later deadline on January 26.

Stage 2 UCAS Extra

Applicants who could not secure any offer from all of the five initial applications, or decline the offers received, will automatically enter the 2nd stage of UCAS application, UCAS Extra. Applicants can find a new course by using the filter “show courses with vacancies” in UCAS system, and contact the schools to see if they will accept the application before adding the details to the application. Applicants applying for a new subject might need to write a new personal statement to strengthen the application.

Applicants who do not hear from the school 21 days after the Extra application, can choose to wait or to add a new choice. Also, if an applicant is not offered a place, he/she can add another Extra choice.

Stage 3 UCAS Clearing

From 5 July – 19 October 2022, applicants can apply for a course using Clearing if they are not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

In the past decade, Norton House has helped many students with their university application including providing professional suggestions to their UCAS application. If you need any advice, please feel free to contact us.

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