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UCAS September Newsletter

UCAS’ September edition of their Parent Newsletter is now available, updating you on application deadline, university visits and their upcoming website update. Read on to find out more…


Your son or daughter can now send their application

Your son or daughter can now send us their completed UCAS application. If they are applying through their school or college, it will be the school that submits their application to us on their behalf.

To guide you through the application process, we’ve put together the top five things you need to know:

  1. Make sure your son or daughter checks how they need to pay their application fee.
  2. Check out our useful 90-second video guide, especially for parents, which explains how you can help your child with their application.
  3. As well as outlining how the application process works, we’ve created a handy tool to guide you through the application process. It provides links to useful information and guidance on, all in one place.
  4. If you son or daughter is applying for courses at the universities of Oxford or Cambridge, or most courses in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine/science, their application will need to reach us by 18:00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016. This means their application will get equal consideration by the universities they’re applying to. If they apply after this deadline for these course, universities may not consider them.
  5. Check out our key dates for 2017 entry to find out what your son or daughter needs to do, and when they need to do it by.

Application Deadlines

Make sure your son or daughter doesn’t miss their application deadline! Completed applications can be submitted to us from the 6 September 2016, but there are different deadlines for different courses. Make sure your son or daughter is aware of the key dates and leaves plenty of time to apply.

  • 15 October 2016 – deadline for applications to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most courses in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine/science.
  • 15 January 2017 – deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses.
  • 24 March 2017 – deadline for some art and design courses.

Tip – If your son or daughter is applying through a school or college that submits their application for them, make sure they are aware of any internal deadlines, and how the school or college will be paying the application fee.

Visit Universities

Open days are a great way to get a sense of what different universities and colleges are really like. Once your son or daughter has done some research into which courses and universities they’d like to apply to, encourage them to visit as many as possible for the chance to:

  • tour the campus and facilities
  • ask questions to current staff and students
  • visit the town

Tip – If your son or daughter can’t get to an open day, they can take a look at our list of virtual tours.

Our website is changing!

Later this month we’re launching a new-look website, so you can expect things to look quite different at We’ve designed it to be easier and quicker to find all of the information you need – but don’t just take our work for it, take a look for yourself when it’s live!


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Newcastle University

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