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All applications for full-time UK undergraduate university courses need to come through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). They’re the organisation that processes the applications and sends out the offers.

You’ll find a lot of useful information about applying to universities on the UCAS website, including a parents section where you can sign up for newsletters and get notifications of what needs to happen when.


If they’re applying for a full-time undergraduate course, your son or daughter needs to apply through UCAS by 15 January.

If they apply after this date, they’ll be considered a ‘late application’. If that happens, we may still have vacancies for the course they’re interested in, or a related one, so encourage them to contact us anyway.

To meet the deadline comfortably, it’s a good idea to start on applications in the September before the year they want to come, so a year ahead. If your child is starting in year 13, their school or college should help them with their applications and give them a reference.

Students can apply for up to five courses in their application.

For part-time or postgraduate courses, students need to apply to the University directly using our online application portal.

How you can help

Check your son or daughter is likely to meet the entry requirements for the course they’re applying for. You’ll find these on our course pages. Some courses take GCSE Maths and English results into account, and others ask for an interview or portfolio of work.

If they don’t meet the stated entry criteria, we offer a wide range of foundation year programmes that can help give them the best start at University. Encourage your daughter or son to call us on 0330 123 2023 to discuss their options.


If you have any questions about the university application process, contact our enquiries team on 0330 123 2023 or use our Live Chat below.

We’ve also put together some useful guides for applying to our undergraduate and postgraduate and professional courses, which take you through the application process step by step.