Applying to university in 2022

Applying to university in 2022? These are the key dates you need to know.

If you are applying to university for entry in 2022 then you’ll need to make sure that you stick to these key dates. Most students start thinking about university a year in advance. However, if you are late to the game, don’t stress, you can still submit a uni application if you miss the UCAS Jan 26 deadline.

To help you with the application process, we’ve come up with a list of key university dates in 2022 for you to jot down. We’ll also go over important things such as student accommodation, student finance, clearing, and deferred entry. Here’s everything you’ll need to know when applying to university in 2022.

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Jan 26th 2022: UCAS Deadline 

Jan 26th is the ‘equal consideration deadline for applying to university via UCAS. This means that applications for the majority of undergraduate UK courses should arrive by 18:00 on this date. Applications can still be submitted after this date however universities are non obliged to consider these and often only will if they have spaces to fill. Applications for Oxbridge are generally required in October, the year prior.

In order to submit your application, you need to have selected a choice of (up to) five universities and have written your personal statement. You must then get a reference from a teacher or another individual who knows you academically. Once you have a reference, you can send your completed application to UCAS.

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Can I apply to university without UCAS?

Most UK universities require that you submit your application via UCAS. However, some universities do accept direct applications so you need to check with them first.

February 25 2022: UCAS Extra opens

UCAS Extra opens on July 4th and is another chance for you to gain a place at university. You can use Extra if you used all five choices in your application and you didn’t receive offers from any of them. This allows you to add an extra choice, free of charge. If you only applied for one university in the first place then you must pay a £4.50 fee to add another choice.

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May 19th, 2022: University decision deadline (on applications received by Jan 26)

If you applied to University by the ‘equal consideration date’ then May 19th is when universities must offer or deny you a place. If you are happy with your offers, then you can accept one of your choices and start looking at things like university accommodation and student finance.

June 30 2022: the final deadline to apply to university before Clearing

Applications received before 18:00 on this date will be sent to your chosen universities by UCAS. Applications received after this date will be entered into Clearing. 

Clearing is how universities fill any extra places on their course. If you do apply via clearing then be sure to get your student finance and accommodation sorted as soon as you can. Here’s how to look for accommodation in Clearing.

August 9th, 2022: SQA results day

SQA results come out.

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August 18th, 2022: A-Level results day

A-Level results day can be really stressful for students applying to university. If you have a Conditional offer from a university and you don’t meet the required grades, they may still accept you. They could also offer you a place on a different course. Alternatively, you could apply to other universities via clearing or think about taking a gap year instead.

September 28th, 2022: Final deadline for 2022 courses.

Applications must arrive by 18:00 on this date for 2022 entry.

University is the time of your life, whereas applying for university is far from it. Avoid the stress and stay on top of these key dates in 2022. Remember that there’s no shame in taking a year out if you didn’t get the results you want or you simply aren’t sure what to study.


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