Key dates you need to know for your UCAS application

If you’ve decided you want to do further studying at university, college or drama school, you will need to apply using a UCAS application (some drama schools are an exception to this). Completing a UCAS application can be quite a long process but if you follow these key dates you won’t miss out on anything or be rushing at the last minute.

If you come across any new terms use the Glossary below to help you.


Extra - You are allowed to apply to 5 universities, colleges or drama schools within your application. If you have already used these 5 options, ‘Extra’ means you are able to apply for another university, college or drama school if you haven’t received any offers from your original 5 options.            

Clearing - If you have not yet applied anywhere or you’ve applied to a couple and have some options left, don’t worry, you can still apply. However, if you apply after the 30th June, your options will automatically be entered into Clearing. This means that as opposed to having five choices you will be applying for a single university, college or drama school at a time.

Adjustment - On the day you collect your A-Levels and/or BTEC results or results for any equivalent qualifications you have studied, you may have done better than you thought and you may change your mind about where you’d like to study and/or what you’d like to study. This is your chance to reconsider. If you had one of your choices accepted on the basis you gained the required grades, you can potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer. 

Conservatoire - A conservatoire is a college for the study of classical music or other arts. A conservatoire can often be referred to as ‘drama school’. Conservatoires are different to universities and colleges, as they focus solely on education within the arts sector which is music, singing, dancing, acting and performance. Conservatoires included in UCAS are the following:

  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Leeds College of Music
  • London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

If there is another education provider you wish to study at that focuses on the arts sector you will have to apply directly through them. You can find them listed on our opportunities page on our website here. 


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Published: 8 January 2020

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