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UCAS Parent Newsletter: February Update


If your son or daughter missed the 15 October and 15 January application deadlines, all is not lost…

Applications can be made in Apply until 30 June – your son or daughter can find courses with vacancies in our search tool. However, applications submitted after the deadlines may not be given equal consideration.

Check out our video on how the application process works for more information on how your son or daughter can apply.

Does the 24 March Art and Design application deadline apply to your son or daughter?

Applications for some art and design courses have an equal consideration deadline of 24 March at 18:00 (UK time), this gives applicants time to produce a comprehensive portfolio of work.

Decisions unis can make

If your son or daughter applied by 15 January, they will have decisions back from each university by 5 May. We’ll send them emails letting them know when something changes on their application.

Once a uni has made a decision, one of the following will show in Track:

UCAS offers

Changes to NHS bursaries

From 1 August 2017, funding for undergraduate nursing, midwifery, and allied health professional students is changing. For those choosing to study in England, NHS bursaries will no longer be available – instead, students will need to apply for the standard undergraduate maintenance loan and tuition fee loan package. More information is available on our website. Changes to NHS bursaries vary depending on where your son or daughter chooses to study and where they live.

Direct contact service

Our direct contact service is designed to help your son or daughter find a university or college place. It’s an optional service, and if they sign up, universities and colleges can contact them from 27 February until mid-September, if they have places on courses they think might be suitable.

Is my son or daughter eligible?

Your son or daughter can sign up to this service after they’ve applied, but only if they:

  • are not waiting for any uni decisions
  • haven’t accepted an offer, and are eligible for Extra or Clearing, depending on the time of year they use it
  • have paid the full £24 application fee
  • have, or will have, A level, SQA, BTEC, IB, or Access to HE qualifications

How do they sign up?

We’ll send them an email asking if they’d like to sign up to this free service – if they wish to do so, your son or daughter can sign up through the link in that email.

Find out more about our direct contact service.

Get involved in #UniMentalHealthDay

University Mental Health Day is taking place at over 100 universities on 2 March. Support the campaign by using #UniMentalHealthDay and encouraging people to be Active for Mental Health. Find out more.

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