Higher Education Application Timetable

Making your application to study Higher Education is an important decision and you need to give yourself as much time as possible to work on it.  Research Colleges and Universities, attend UCAS exhibitions and Open Events.

Key Dates

Here are some key dates to guide you through the full-time undergraduate UCAS application process.

19 May 2020 – apply opens for 2021 entry

8 September 2020 – UCAS applications are sent to providers

October – December 2020 – work on your UCAS application and personal statement.

15 January 2021  – UCAS application deadline for all courses. ** You can still apply to Barnsley College after this date.

11 February 2021 – UCAS Extra opens. If you’ve used all five choices and you’re not holding any offers, you might be able to add another choice.

20 May 2021 – Decision time. If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 31 March 2021, you must reply to any offers by today, otherwise they’ll be declined.

10 June 2021 – If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 20 May 2021, you must reply to any offers by today, otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2021 – You can still apply with up to five choices on your UCAS Undergraduate application form until 18:00 (UK time) today. After this time, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

Applying directly through Clearing means that as opposed to having five choices, you will be applying for a single university at a time.

4July 2021 – Last day to apply through extra.

5 July 2021 – Clearing opens

14 July 2021 – – If you applied by 13 July in extra, you must reply to any offers by today, otherwise they’ll be declined, and your application will be entered into Clearing if you’re eligible).

10 August 2021 –  SQA results day.   (GOOD LUCK)

24 August 2021 –  A Level results day.   (GOOD LUCK)

24 August 2021 – Adjustment opens, this gives you the chance to swap.

27 August 2021 – College HE Open Event

1 September 2021 –  If you have any outstanding offer conditions, they must be met by today – otherwise, the uni or college might not accept you.

13 September 2021 –  Enrolment week.

20 September 2021 – Start of term.

21 September 2021 – Last day for applications to be sent to UCAS (18:00 UK time).

19 October 2021 last chance to add clearing choices

21 October 2021 – last day for unis and colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.


** Applications for 2021 entry should reach UCAS by 15 January 2021. Don’t worry if you miss the deadline, you can still apply to study higher education at Barnsley College via UCAS up until the summer. However, please be aware that offers are dependent on the availability of places so we would advise you to apply early.


Last updated: 25th January 2021