The UCAS process

All applications to our undergraduate programmes must be made through UCAS. Whilst the process may differ from student to student, there is still key dates that must be adhered to. This may seem daunting at first however this simple timeline, spanning from the beginning of Year 12 to the start of university study, explains the application process in more detail.

Year 12

 

1ST OCTOBER
Pathways to Birmingham opens for applications.

 

FEBRUARY TO JUNE
Try to visit a UCAS fair for a chance to compare universities and courses and ask any questions you may have. You may also have the opportunity to attend events at your school/college where representatives from universities deliver talks or are available to speak to for advice and guidance. 

 

JUNE ONWARDS 
University of Birmingham pre-application open days commence

 

SUMMER HOLIDAYS
The summer holidays are a great opportunity for you to undertake relevant work experience, start thinking about the content and structure of your personal statement and do some extra reading around the subject you wish to study.

 

 

Year 13

 

EARLY SEPTEMBER
UCAS Undergraduate Apply opens for applicants.

 

OCTOBER ONWARDS
Universities will begin to make decisions on applications. You will be able to monitor your application through UCAS Track and you will receive an e-mail notification when you have received a decision from a university.

 

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

 

NOVEMBER TO APRIL
Some courses interview or audition students as part of the application process.  If you are applying for art or design courses, you may be asked to provide portfolios of your work.

 

15 JANUARY
Deadline for applications to be guaranteed for equal consideration. Access to Birmingham applications close.

 

JANUARY - APRIL

Once you have heard back from all universities, you are then required to make your final two choices. A firm choice is your first choice, with an insurance choice being your second; usually this will be an offer with lower entry requirements than your first choice. Once you have made their decision, you must update UCAS Track. Deadlines for when decisions should be made will depend upon when you receive all your offers.

 

FEBRUARY TO MAY
Applications for Student Finance open. You do not need to wait until you have received offers from the universities to apply for tuition fees and maintenance loans.

 

31 MAY
You must apply by this date to guarantee a place at University of Birmingham accommodation (either Birmingham owned or partner accommodation).

 

AUGUST

You will receive your A level results, determining whether you've gained a place at university. On results day, Clearing opens for students to find a place at university if they didn’t receive any offers, declined any offers they did receive, didn’t meet the conditions of their offers, or applied after 30 June. Adjustment is also available for students who may be thinking about looking for an alternative course or university as they received better grades than expected.

 

SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER
Your university experience begins.

 

 For more advice and guidance about the UCAS process visit the UCAS website.