Applying to university may seem like a big task, but having a good understanding of timelines will help to make it easier.

Our one key piece of advice is to start the application process as early as possible! Many of the things that can boost your application have a 'lead in' time. For example, applying to summer schools in early Year 12.

You can put yourself in the best position to make a great UCAS application by planning carefully and making sure you are prepared. To help with this, we have included a timeline of when and how you should approach each stage of the process:

 

Year

Time/Term

Tasks

12

Autumn Term

(Sept-Dec)

Research your courses; apply for open days, taster sessions and summer schools at universities you are interested in; apply for work experience that will strengthen your application.

12

Spring Term

(Jan- April)

Attend multiple open days and taster sessions at universities; gain further subject experience by completing RBC packs and other online courses; collate a list of the experiences you have gained in relation to the course you plan to apply for.

12

Summer Term

(April – July)

Write a first draft of your personal statement, using our guidance to help you; share with teachers for feedback.

12 -13

Summer Holidays

Attend multiple open days and taster sessions at universities; gain further subject experience by completing RBC packs and other online courses; continue to draft and redraft your personal statement as your experience grows.

13

Autumn Term

(Sept- Dec)

Final drafts of your personal statement. 

15th October - Deadline for Oxbridge, medical and veterinary courses.

13 

Spring Term 

(Jan)

15th January - Deadline for all other university applications