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Widening Access

Applying to university as a mature student

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UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) provides a central application service for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK. Applications are made online using their system ‘Apply’.  There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, but the deadline for most courses is mid January in the year of entry. (Check the UCAS website for exceptions e.g. Medicine and Dentistry). It is still possible to apply after the January deadline, but your application is classed as ‘late’, and places are allocated from January on.

Part-time and Direct Entry Courses

For a very few courses, your application is not through UCAS but directly to the University.

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