Application Timeline

Applying to university may seem like a big task, but it needn’t be stressful. The key is to start the application process as early as possible, and to plan carefully to make sure you are prepared.

Below is a rough timeline of when you should approach each stage of the process:

Year

Time/Term

Tasks

12

Autumn Term (Sept-Dec)

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

12

Spring Term (Jan- April)

Attend as many open days and taster days as possible at universities; gain further subject experience by completing RBC packs and other online courses; collate a list of all 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 – use our guidance to help you, share with friends, family and teachers for feedback.

12 -13

Summer Holidays

Attend as many open days and taster days as possible 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. 

OCTOBER Deadlines for Oxford and Cambridge applications and medical or veterinary school

13 

January 

Deadline for all other university applications

 

Getting University-Ready

Be sure to visit each of our ReachUni sections to work through the actions above that you need to complete for a strong and compelling application to UCAS. A few of these include:

- Explore Subjects

- Explore University choices

- Explore University guides & advice

- Build Your Experiences (Courses, Taster Days, Readings and more)

- Write a Great Personal Statement (UCAS advice)