When is the UCAS application deadline 2018?
University applications will close at 6pm GMT on January 15 this year, meaning students hoping to go into further education should have applied before this time.
However, there are a few exceptions to this rule.
Anyone hoping to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine/science should have sent their application to UCAS before October 15 last year. This also goes for applications to Oxford and Cambridge.
Some art and design course have a later March 24 deadline. UCAS advises that students check their course details for the correct date.
Managing director of Student Underground Naomi Lofts urged hopefuls not to leave their applications to the last minute, saying students should “assume that something will go horribly wrong”.
Writing for the Student Underground blog, she said: “Although technology is supposed to make our lives easier, glitches can happen.
“The UCAS Apply system may decide your login details are no longer valid, or be running slowly under the weight of numerous students also trying to submit their application.
“Your internet connection might choose this as a good time to die, too.
“Leaving it this late in the day also means you will have zero time to fix any errors in your personal statement, exam grades or other details.”
If you do miss the January 15 deadline, you can still send in your application before June 30.
UCAS will send on the forms to your chosen universities, though they cannot guarantee that there will still be places available.
Any application received after June 30 will be entered into Clearing.
The term ‘Clearing’ refers to a process where universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses.
If you didn’t get the grades to get onto the course you were originally offered, Clearing is a great way to pick another university, if that’s what you want.
Available July to September each year, it’s a secondary route to use to get into higher education. You’ll have to be flexible on the course subject and location, though.