The UCAS deadline explained

2nd November 2018

Do you plan to go to University or College?  Then the UCAS deadline is an important date to remember because it’s the date you have to submit your application by (including submitting your references).  The deadline date for this year is 15 January 2019 at 6pm (UK time) and after that date you’ll need to go through the Clearing process to get onto a higher education course.  Submitting your application before the deadline date is definitely the best way as it’s much faster and easier than going through Clearing.

A higher education course is great for expanding your knowledge in a subject you love, or for trying something completely new.  Many courses offer work placements to help you prepare for your new career and there are 50,000 courses across a wide variety of subject areas you can apply for via UCAS, so there’s sure to be a higher education course that’s suitable for you.  And in case you’re not sure if you have the right qualifications, you can rest assured, because 95% of universities currently accept BTECs for over 70% of degree subjects.  

How other students have applied

Just to whet your appetite, here’s a breakdown of how one of current higher education students applied for a higher education course.  

Mature student and mum, Denise (37), wanted to study for a new career and found that North Kent College would be the best location to fit her busy lifestyle.  After researching the North Kent College website and speaking to the Admissions Team on the telephone, Denise decided on the Foundation Degree in Professional Writing and attended our Spring Open Day in February to speak to the course tutor.  “I was sure I was doing the right thing after I met with the Tutor and I was more determined than ever to go for it”.  Denise applied via UCAS online before the deadline and is now in her final year of the course.  “I don’t regret the decision to pursue higher education...  I’m planning on studying for an additional year to get my degree.  I didn’t think I could get a degree at this stage of my life, but now it’s completely possible and firmly within my grasp”.

How to apply

It’s a good idea to do plenty of research, so visit the UCAS website https://www.ucas.com/university for more information, or visit https://www.northkent.ac.uk/courses/search-by-course-area/access-to-higher-education.aspx to find out about the higher education courses you can study at one of the North Kent College campuses.  
Written by Professional Writing student and Guest Blogger, Deborah Bentum.

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