Junior prospective students hub

Leaving school may seem like a long way off, but it’s a good idea to start thinking about your future, as the decisions you make now may impact your options later down the line. We've put together a timeline to help guide you on your path to higher education and support your decision-making.

Your journey to university

Take a look at this timeline to get an idea of the events and key dates that you should be considering during the school, college and the university application process.

YEAR 8-9

You will choose what subjects you want to study at GCSE.

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YEAR 8-11

Look out for opportunities offered by your school to visit universities and find out more about higher education. You can learn about university and student life on summer school programmes.

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YEAR 10-11

Start building the skills you’ll need when you finish school. Having some work experience, a part-time job or building up your extracurricular activities will help you in the future.

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YEAR 10-11

You will research your options for post-16. If you choose to study A levels or equivalents, you will need to decide what subjects you would like to study.

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YEAR 10-11 

GCSEs are important as they can impact what you go on to study. Visit the BBC Bitesize website for subject-specific revision and study tools to support your learning.

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It’s time to focus on your A level or equivalent qualifications to ensure you have a positive start to your studies.

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Pathways to Birmingham is a suite of Year 12 and 13 programmes designed to offer eligible students a taste of university life and support them with transitioning to higher education.

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Applications for Inspired@Birmingham and Routes to the Professions open. Part of Pathways to Birmingham, these programmes include subject tasters, university application support, and career sessions among other activities.

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For support with revision and preparation for university, have a look at our study skills resource Skills4Uni. The modules cover many topics including essay writing and learning to research.

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Visit a UCAS fair for a chance to compare universities and courses and ask any questions you may have. Watch our video about the benefits of higher education below.


Another great way to get information about universities and their courses is to order or download their prospectus. Get a University of Birmingham prospectus.

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University of Birmingham pre-application open days start in June of Year 12 and run until October of Year 13. You can also watch our video campus tour below.


We recommend undertaking work experience to support your university applications. Now is also a good time to start thinking about your personal statement. Speak to school careers advisors for guidance.


Only one more year left of school/college education so make sure to focus on your studies and planning for the future.


UCAS opens for applications. You can apply for five courses at this time. Wondering how to choose a course? Watch our video below.


Access to Birmingham applications open. To qualify, students must be applying to study a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Birmingham and meet the Pathways to Birmingham eligibility criteria.

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If you don't apply to us via Pathways to Birmingham, have a look at our contextual offer scheme instead. Find out if you're eligible.

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Offer holder visit days typically run from October to April. If a university makes you an offer, they may invite you to meet staff and students and tour the facilities.

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Universities will start making offers of places. You will be able to monitor your application through UCAS Track and you will be notified when you receive offers from the universities.

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Deadline for UCAS applications for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses or to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

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Conditional: subject to you meeting the entry requirements
Unconditional: because you already meet the conditions of the offer or you are highly desirable to the university
Withdrawn: a choice has been withdrawn by you or the university
Unsuccessful: the University has decided not to offer you a place

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Some courses interview or audition applicants in order to consider them for a place. For art or design courses, you might be asked to provide examples of your work.

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UCAS deadline for applications to be guaranteed for equal consideration. Access to Birmingham applications close soon, so make sure you submit yours as soon as possible.

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Applications for student finance are now open until May. Don't wait until you receive offers from your universities to apply for tuition fees and maintenance loans. Apply early!


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Once you've heard back from your universities, you'll have to make your final two choices on UCAS Track. Deadlines for this decision depend on when you received your offers.

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You must apply by this date to be guaranteed a place at University of Birmingham accommodation (either Birmingham owned or partner accommodation). View our student accommodation.

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The results are released and you’ll know whether you got into university! Depending on your results, Clearing and Adjustment are also available on Results Day.


Your university experience begins!

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