Supporting your child with the UCAS process
The university application process will differ from student to student, however there is still a process of events and key dates that must be adhered to. The timeline of events below spans from the beginning of Year 12 to the start of university study.
FEBRUARY TO JUNE
Encourage your son/daughter to visit a UCAS fair for a chance to compare universities and courses and ask any questions they have. Students are also likely to participate in school events where universities will come to your child’s schools to talk about what they can offer.
University of Birmingham pre-application open days commence
Encourage your son/daughter to undertake work experience, start thinking about the content and structure of their personal statement and do some extra reading around the subject.
Universities will begin to make decisions on applications. Your son/daughter will be able to monitor their application through UCAS Track
and they will be notified when they receive decisions from universities.
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 applicants in order to consider them for a place. Students might also be asked to provide portfolios of their work if they are applying for art or design courses.
Deadline for applications to be guaranteed equal consideration. Access to Birmingham
JANUARY - APRIL
Once your son/daughter has heard back from all universities, they are then required to make their final two choices. A firm choice is their first choice ,with an insurance choice being their second; usually this will be an offer with lower entry requirements than their first choice. Once they have made their decision, they must update UCAS Track. Deadlines for when they should make this decision will depend upon when they receive all their offers.
FEBRUARY TO MAY
Applications for Student Finance open. Students do not need to wait until they have received offers from the universities they applied to apply for tuition fees and maintenance loans.
Students must apply by this date to guarantee a place at University of Birmingham accommodation (either Birmingham owned or partner accommodation).
Your son/daughter will receive their A level results, determining whether they’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.
For more advice and guidance about the UCAS process visit the Parents and Guardians section of the UCAS website.