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UCAS Deadline 2020

UCAS Deadline 2020

If you’re applying to university the UCAS deadline is probably on your mind right now. January 15th is the ‘equal consideration’ UCAS deadline which means that any applications received ‘on time’ (in this case before 6pm on Jan 15 2020) must be given equal academic consideration by the universities you’ve applied to.  Universities can’t close courses with a January 15 deadline before that date, even if they have already received way more applications than they have places.   

This is good for you as an applicant because it means that you don’t have to rush your application to get it finished as quickly as possible.  You’re able to spend that little bit more time on a solid application than you maybe would if you knew that time was against you, and you’re not competing with your fellow applicants to get your application across the finish line first. 

If you’re in the middle of your application, or just putting the finishing touch to it, there are some things to bear in mind ahead of submitting.

1. Don’t leave it too late

The deadline is 6pm on Wednesday 15th January. Which you might think gives you plenty of time to get things sorted. Which is true to a certain extent – but don’t leave it until the last minute to click ‘submit’. Technical glitches can crop up or you might have problems logging in. Which brings me to point no.2…

2. Keep your login details close to hand

Forgotten passwords and incorrect email addresses can be super frustrating online, especially when you’re trying to do something really important like apply to university! Keep your UCAS Apply details together and in a safe place to minimise stress when submitting your UCAS application.

3. Give yourself/your school/college enough time to review your application

If you’re applying through your school or college, make sure you finish your application by their deadline, so they have enough time to review and send everyone’s applications off. If you’re applying independently, give yourself enough time to check through everything - including checking that your referee has completed a reference and re-reading through your personal statement! Check out our tips for writing the perfect personal statement for some advice.

4. Be ready to pay the fee

When all sections of your application are completed, you will be able to pay for your application. The fee is £20 for a single choice or £25 for multiple courses (and for late applications sent after 30 June). If you’re applying through your school or college, they’ll be able to send your application after you’ve paid. If you’re applying independently, you can hit ‘pay/send’ straight away once your referee has completed their reference.

What happens after the deadline?

Once you’ve finished and submitted your UCAS application, your details will be sent to all of the universities that you’ve selected. We receive applications electronically, and each university then considers your application according to their own admissions policy. Basically, we’re reading your application, seeing if you fit our entry criteria and making you an offer based on this entry criteria. 

Offers will be made through your UCAS Track, and UCAS will tell you when a University has made a decision on your application.  How long this will take will depend on several factors, but universities are encouraged by UCAS to make all of their decisions by 31 March 2020. But don’t worry if you haven’t heard back from all of your choices by the beginning of April as the actual deadline for us is 5 May.

After that, it’s the big decision; choosing your Firm choice (and Insurance if you go for one). Once you choose, you’re committed to that university so make sure you’ve got all the information you need before making your choice.  The deadline for making your decision will depend on when you got all your decisions back, so make sure you check your UCAS Track to know when you have to decide by, otherwise, UCAS will decline all of your offers by default and nobody wants that.

Missed the deadline?

January 15 is the date at which a university CAN close a course for new applications.  This doesn’t mean that they WILL close the course you want.  It’s likely that we’ll still be able to accept your application on a variety of our other programmes after this date, especially if you’re willing to be a bit flexible with your choice of university and course.

The first thing to do is find out if the university that you’re interested in still has spaces on your course.  If they do, ask them when they believe they will close the course you want.  Do this for every university you’re hoping to apply to, and then apply by the earliest deadline you’ve been given.  You may just be told that the course will close ‘as soon as it’s full’.  If you find this is the case, just aim to get the application finished and submitted as soon as possible.  If you find a university has closed the course you wanted before you manage to submit, maybe consider an alternative course or deferring your study for a year until 2021.


About the Author

Hannah Lea

Hannah Lea

Hannah graduated from LJMU with a degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies in 2014. Since then, she has worked in a number of marketing and communications roles and is now Digital Engagement Officer at Wrexham Glyndwr.