All applications to UK universities for full-time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
- Regardless of the course or university that you’re applying to, you’ll need to have a good grasp of the UCAS deadlines you’re facing, as missing them could jeopardise your application.
- As is the case with any deadline, do not leave your application to the last minute. From March to September research courses and universities attend open days, higher education fairs and conferences.
The infographic below contains the full list of UCAS deadlines and key dates for students applying for 2018 entry. Some of the dates may not be relevant to you, but make sure to read it through and note down any that are. And remember, it never hurts to be organised long before a deadline!
2019 dates will be very similar to those in 2018.
The application process varies depending on the type of institution you’re applying for, the level of degree and how you are choosing to study.
UCAS’ online application procedure is called ‘Apply’.
- UCAS works closely with schools, colleges, libraries and other agencies to ensure that all applicants have access to this system.
- Apply is available on the UCAS website alongside details of all the courses available so you can apply from any computer with access to the internet.
- Read our advice on filling in your application.
- If you’re a performing arts student, you may want to apply to a conservatoire. Applications to most of these institutions need to be made through UCAS Conservatoires, and you can read about more about this system and the key dates here. Many colleges also recruit through the UCAS system. Along with universities, these institutions help to make up the list of over 700 providers featured in our Course Chooser.
- Applications to part-time courses are slightly different, and you will need to contact universities individually to find out how to apply.
- If you are looking for postgraduate study, some are accessed via UCAS’ UKPASS service, while others are processed by direct application. Read more about postgraduate applications here.
UCAS Application Deadlines – Key Dates for 2018 Entry
If you miss the January deadline, you can still apply up until 30 June 2018 (by 18:00 UK time). But be aware, universities do not have to accept your application, and applications will be marked as ‘late’.
Many schools and colleges will encourage students to apply well before the 15 January deadline, with early November a common school/college deadline. This allows the school to add things such as references, and check personal statements and choices.
Performing Arts Applications Via UCAS Conservatoires
UCAS Conservatoires is a specialised online admissions service for undergraduate, postgraduate, other music and some dance and drama programmes at these UK conservatories:
- Birmingham Conservatoire
- Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
- Leeds College of Music
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Applicants can create a single electronic application that will be submitted simultaneously to a maximum of six conservatoires.
- Students may also make a separate application through UCAS to other universities and colleges offering music, dance and drama courses, although they can only accept a place through one system (i.e. via either UCAS Conservatoires or UCAS).
Jump to UCAS Conservatoires dates and check UCAS deadlines.
- Auditions take place at the individual institutions.
You can make an online application from mid-July for admission in September of the following year.
- Music applications – apply by 2 October 18:00 (UK time) and all your chosen conservatoires will consider your application.
- Undergraduate dance, drama and screen production courses – apply by 15 January 18:00 (UK time) and your chosen conservatoires will consider your application.
- International and postgraduate students may have later deadline dates. Be sure to check dates with your chosen conservatoires.
Late applications will normally be considered up to 29 August 2018.
- If you apply after the course deadline and before 29 August 2018 (by 18:00 UK time) for 2018 entry, UCAS Conservatoires will process your application and send it to the conservatoires.
- Your application will be ‘late’ and the conservatoires may not be able to consider you.
- After 31 January 2018, you must confirm vacancies with the conservatoires before applying.
- You can not make an online application for 2018 entry via UCAS Conservatoires after 29 August 2018. If you want to apply for 2018 entry after this date, talk to the conservatoires direct.
- View our Arts, Drama & Music League Table to see college and conservatoire rankings in this specialised area.
UCAS Conservatories: Key Dates for Application
Mid-July 2017 You may apply online on the UCAS Conservatoires website.
2 October 2017 Closing date for ‘on time’ music applications. After this date, if the deadline for your course has passed, check for vacancies with the conservatoire before applying via UCAS Conservatoires.
14 October 2017 Start of auditions.
15 January 2018 Closing date for majority of all applications, to be received by 18:00 (UK time). After this date, if the deadline for your course has passed, check for vacancies with the conservatoire before applying via UCAS Conservatoires.
31 January 2018 You need to reply to any offers by this date, if UCAS Conservatoires received all the decisions from your conservatoires by 6 January. If UCAS Conservatoires don’t receive your replies, they will decline all offers on your behalf.
24 March 2018 Closing date for some Art & Design courses, to be received by 18:00 (UK time).
16 April 2018 You need to reply to any offers this date, if UCAS Conservatoires received all the decisions from your conservatoires by 17 March. If UCAS Conservatoires don’t receive your replies, they will decline all offers on your behalf.
30 July 2018 You need to reply to any offers by this date, if UCAS Conservatoires received all the decisions from your conservatoires by 16 July. If UCAS Conservatoires don’t receive your replies, they will decline all offers on your behalf.
7 August 2018 SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) exam results published today.
16 August 2018 A Level results published today. Conservatoires must inform UCAS if applicants have met the conditions of their offers.
29 August 2018 Final day for the receipt of ‘late’ applications at UCAS Conservatoires.
10 September 2018 You need to reply to any offers by this date, if UCAS Conservatoires received all the decisions from your conservatoires by 7 August. If UCAS don’t receive your replies, they will decline all offers on your behalf.
25 September 2018 You must reply to any offers by this date, if UCAS Conservatoires received the last decision for your choices after 7 August. If UCAS don’t receive your replies, they will decline all offers on your behalf.
Source – The Complete University Guide