UCAS key dates 2025

When can I apply for university?

When you should apply for university depends primarily on when you’d like to start your course. You can start your 2025 UCAS application from the 14th May 2024, but you’ll have to wait until the 3rd September 2024 to submit the application.

If you want to start university in September 2024, read our blog is it too late to apply to uni?


Starting uni from September 2025? Here are the key dates you need to know.

  • 30th April 2024 – the first day you can start searching for courses on UCAS.

If you are unsure how to choose the right uni course, there are many recourses out there to help you. The UCAS Career’s Quiz is a great place to start.

  • 14th May 2024 – Students can start their applications in UCAS HUB.

To apply for university on UCAS in 2025, the application fee will be £28.50 for up to five choices.


To get you ready to use UCAS, below is a list of the most common UCAS terms with explanations.

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UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service is the central portal for information on all full-time undergraduate courses available throughout the UK. Their online service allows students to find courses, track progress and respond to offers.

UCAS Tariff Points.

UCAS has a tariff system or ‘UCAS points’ which converts qualification grades into points e.g., “BBC” is the equivalent to 112 UCAS points. Grades are added together to give a total which can be used as an entry requirement for a course. UCAS has a useful tariff calculator online.

Entry Requirements.

The criteria that students must meet to be offered a place on a course, such as achieving certain results at school or college. Different universities and courses will have different entry requirements which will be listed on UCAS, university websites and in university prospectuses.

Personal statement.

A vital part of the university application to convey why a student wants to study the chosen course, to demonstrate to admissions tutors why they should be offered a place on their programme.

Clearing.

The summer period, including the time after A-Level results are released, where universities advertise remaining places on their courses.

Student loan (maintenance and tuition fee loans).

Repayable money from the Students Loan Company (SLC) available to help students with living costs (maintenance) and tuition fees.

Means tested.

Assessment made on household income to determine how much financial support a student is entitled to.

Bursaries and scholarships.

Non-repayable funding to assist with the cost of studying at university. This sometimes comes in the form of credit to use on campus or with approved retailers.

Conditional offer.

A student is made a conditional offer by a university if they are predicted to meet the entry requirements of the course. The offer is dependent upon a student meeting the requirements, for example achieving certain results in their BTEC, A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications.

Unconditional offer.

An offer of a place on a course with no conditions which can be accepted straight away.

UCAS Track.

Students can log into UCAS track to check the status of offers as well as amend any details.

UCAS Extra.

If students are without an offer, UCAS Extra offers an additional choice.

Firm choice.

The preferred or first choice university on a UCAS application.

Insurance choice.

The second choice university on a UCAS application to act as a reserve if a student doesn’t meet the entry requirements of their firm choice.


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