Apply to Universities in the UK - UCAS Application Process, Requirements, Dates

by sakshi.aggarwal

All the admission applications to study in the UK universities are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services). All international students are required to submit the complete UCAS application forms by the first week of September. To study in UK, students may apply for the following levels in UK universities:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Doctorate courses

To apply for other courses to study in UK such as foundation, certificate and diploma courses, students shall visit the official website of the university and follow the instructions.

UK University Entry Requirements  

Academic Requirements  

Universities in the UK state their English language requirement in various tests mentioned below. The minimum grade overall, and usually the minimum grades required in writing, speaking, listening, and reading are considered for admission.

Qualifications Required

Pre-master’s-Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 5.0-5.5

PG Cert/PG Diploma-Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 6.5-7.0, or a pre-master's course

Master's degree-First or upper second-class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master's course

MBA-First degree, 2-3 years’ business experience, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0

PHD-Master's degree, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0

Proof of Funds

The applicants wishing to study in the UK except in London must prove that they have 1,337 USD per month to live and study. Those who wish to study in London must be able to prove that they have 1,666 USD per month.  

Visa Requirements

Once you get Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), you must apply for the Students visa soon. You have to apply for either Tier 4 (General) Student Visa or short-term study visa depending on your course of study.

Health Insurance

Students are required to pay for National Health Service charge of 394.70 USD to study in UK.

  • Tier 4 General Student Visa (more than 6 months)-they can access the NHS
  • Tier 4 General Student Visa (under 6 months)-they require medical insurance

Step-by-step Guide to Apply Through UCAS

Before applying for courses through UCAS, the international students have to register. The school/college does this for them. They may do the same on their own as well.  

  1. Search for courses and colleges/universities
  2. Save the courses to your favourite page
  3. Complete your profile by filling the required information
  4. Make an application and submit it
  5. Do the course preferencing
  6. Make choices considering the applications received

The international students shall shortlist colleges, prepare for all the documents required and apply before November. Your decision about the admission must be notified to the college by April.

When and Where to Start to Study in the UK?

  1. April 2018-September 2018
  • Shortlist universities and be updated with the admission requirements
  • Be familiar with the bank loan options and scholarships to fund your study.
  • Work on the UCAS admission form
  • Learn about accommodation options
  1.  June 2018-December 2018
  • Prepare for the standardised tests like GMAT, GRE, UKCAT, TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Register before the test dates, and crack the exam.
  • Check guidelines and process of test and re-exam.
  1. August 2018-November 2018
  • Shortlist colleges and prepare for application
  • Prepare documents including reference letter, SOP and essays.
  • Apply before the deadline
  1. December 2018-April 2019
  • Reply to the college e-mails
  • Appear for the interviews
  • Notify the college about your decision
  1. May 209-July 2019
  • Search and apply for the external scholarships if applicable.
  • Apply for student loan after you receive the acceptance offer.
  • Prepare and apply for the student visa in time
  1. July 2019-August 2019
  • Book transportation tickets
  • Arrange for an international debit/credit card
  • Collect all the documents to be taken along
  • Check out pre-departure checklist and manage accordingly

UCAS Application Deadline for 2019 Entry



5 Sept 2018

Students can submit completed applications

1 Oct 2018

Deadline for music course applications via UCAS Conservatoires

15 Oct 2018

Deadline for Oxford, Cambridge and most courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine

15 Jan 2019

Deadline for the majority of the undergraduate courses

25 Feb 2019

Extra Opens

1 May 2019

Deadlines to reply to offers if you have received all decisions by 31 March

2 May 2019

Universities due to respond to applications submitted by 15 Jan

6 June 2019

Deadline to reply to offers if all decisions were received by you by 2 May

20 June 2019

Deadline to reply to offers if all decisions were received by you by 6 June

30 June 2019

Entries received after this date are automatically entered into UCAS clearing

4 July 2019

Last day to apply through UCAS Extra

5 July 2019

UCAS Clearing opens

International Baccalaureate (IB) Results Day

11 July 2019

Universities due to respond to applications submitted by 30 June

18 July 2019

Deadline to reply to offers if you received all decision by 11 July

6 Aug 2019

SQA Results Day

15 Aug 2019

A Level Results Day

UCAS Adjustment opens

31 Aug 2019

Final date to meet remaining offer conditions

UCAS admission ends

20 Sept 2019

Final deadline for 2019 entry applications

22 Oct 2019

Final day for the universities to make decisions

The students must check their UCAS dashboard regularly. You might get an interview or a meeting call. Keep your email address up to date and keep a check for your application. Once you are done with the application, focus on visa and money requirements and other important matters mentioned above.

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