Students looking to start in September 2021 do not have long to apply (Picture: Getty)
The deadline for students hoping to go to university next year is fast approaching.
While university students this year have had their studies disrupted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there is hope those starting in the next academic year will have a ‘normal’ university experience.
So if university is on the agenda for you in September, there’s not long left to get your application in.
New students will be hoping social distancing measures will be relaxed by the time they start later this year (Picture: Getty)
When is the 2021 UCAS university deadline?
Applications for all UCAS undergraduate courses, except those with a October 15 deadline, have been extended by two weeks and should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on January 29, 2021.
That is UCAS’ ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally.
UCAS chief executive, Clare Marchant, said: ‘This decision to extend the deadline is about relieving the pressure not only on students, but also teachers and advisers.
‘We know from our data that most students have started their UCAS application and we expect to see the number of applications submitted by January 29 exceed the numbers we have seen in previous years.’
The previous deadline had been January 15 but due to disruptions caused by coronavirus and large numbers of applicants, the deadline has now been extended by two weeks.
Applications for Oxford and Cambridge, as well as most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry, had an earlier deadline, of October 15.
You can check course information in UCAS’ search tool to see which deadline applies to you.
Students currently at university have had plenty of remote learning
What happens if I miss the 2021 UCAS university deadline?
With the majority of courses starting in September 2021, there is still time to submit your UCAS application – but don’t leave it too late.
UCAS state: ‘Universities and colleges do not have to consider applications received after the [January 15] deadline, although they can if they have spaces available once the on-time applications have been considered.’
If you miss the January 15 deadline then the next deadline you should be working towards is June 30 (18:00 UK time).
You can still apply for places after January 15 but June 30 is the final deadline for late applications with course choices.
However, the earlier you apply the better your chances of getting the course you want.
From January 15, universities can start allocating places, meaning you might find some courses have started to fill up if your application is late as it is essentially first come, first served.
If you decide to apply after June 30 you will enter ‘clearing’ – the process universities and colleges use to fill any places they still have on their courses.
The deadline for entering the clearing process is September 21 (18:00 UK time).
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