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What is UCAS and how does it work?

UCAS processes applications to study full-time courses at universities, colleges, and conservatoires in the UK. However, it’s not just about processing applications – UCAS aims to help students make informed choices that are right for them, by guiding them through the entire higher education application process and beyond.

Key dates in the UCAS cycle

26th January 2022 - Deadline for most undergraduate courses. Applications can still be sent after this date but universities/colleges do not have to guarantee they will be considered

25th February 2022 - UCAS Extra opens. What is UCAS Extra?

19th May 2022 - All university decisions due on applications submitted by 26th January.

30th June 2022 - Last date for applications. Applications received after this date are automatically entered into clearing

4th July 2022 - Last date for UCAS Extra

5th July 2022 - Clearing opens

18th August 2022 - A-level results day

September 2021 - Final deadline for courses starting in 2022

What is Clearing?

Your child may be fortunate and hold offers to the universities of their choice, but if not, Clearing is the next step.

Clearing is the process by which universities fill the remaining spaces they have on their courses. During this time, you can contact the university directly to enquire.

For 2022, Clearing starts on the 5th July, and will continue throughout the summer until the 20th October. Your child may benefit from Clearing if they (1) are applying to university after the 30th June 2022 (2) didn't receive any offers OR don’t want to accept any of their offers (3) didn’t meet the initial entry requirements or conditions of their offer. 

UCAS have some dedicated pages to help support you.