Applying to university

Applying timeline

Use our timeline to find out what your son/daughter should be doing month-by-month

  • Year 12

    Is work experience required?

    Specific work experience may be required for some courses - there might be some local organisations who will offer your son or daughter a placement opportunity. There's lots of opportunities to volunteer at Teesside - projects include working in IT, design, sports coaching, fundraising, working with children and many more.

    Visit UCAS fairs

    The UCAS website will now be starting to advertise dates of their fairs. Have a look at their website for dates of local fairs. This is when all universities will be in one place to answer your questions.


    Year 13

    UCAS deadline

    15 January is the application deadline for all courses except those with a 15 October deadline, and art and design courses with a 24 March deadline

  • Year 12

    Sign up for our parents magazine

    As a family you'll probably have lots of different questions you'll want to ask at UCAS fairs and open days - request a copy of our parent magazine which includes our top 10 questions to ask.


    Year 13

    Late applications

    Applications can still be made through UCAS but will now be viewed as late and will only be considered for courses that have places available.

  • Year 12

    Parent information day

    16 March - come along and help make sure your son/daughter is making the right decisions for their future. We'll equip you with the facts covering the areas specifically of interest to you as a parent.


    Year 13

    Firm & insurance offers

    Once universities have made their decision on your son/daughter's application, UCAS will give them a deadline by which they must reduce their choice of universities from five to two, deciding on a first choice (firm) and second choice (insurance)

    UCAS Extra

    If they aren't holding any offers, UCAS will notify your son/daughter of their eligibility to apply through UCAS Extra. This allows applicants, not holding an offer from their first five choices, to continue their application. Your son/daughter can apply to one institution at a time until they receive and accept an offer.

    Art & Design deadline

    If your son/daughter is applying for some art and design courses they must apply by 24 March.

  • Year 12

    Parent information evening

    17 April - come along and help make sure your son/daughter is making the right decisions for their future. We'll equip you with the facts covering the areas specifically of interest to you as a parent.

    Discovery Days

    If your son/daughter is unsure of the course they want to study at university then why not encourage them to attend a Discovery Day here at Teesside to gain more of an insight into their subject of interest


  • Year 13

    Teesside Scholarships

    Look into the financial support available from different universities. We are offering over 700 National Scholarships - as well as Teesside Extra Scholarships worth up to £2,500 cash.

  • Year 12

    Teesside University open day

    19 June - if you have any questions on areas such as finance, accommodation and employability etc then come along to our open days to have them answered.


    Year 13

    Deadline for late applications

    30 June - deadline for all university applications. After this date students must contact universities directly to make enquiries about applying

  • Year 13

    UCAS Extra closes

    6 July - UCAS Extra closes. After this date applications should be made through the clearing system.

  • Year 12

    Personal statement writing

    The summer holidays are an ideal opportunity for your son/daughter to start drafting their personal statement - request a copy of our parent magazine which includes more information on how you can support them in this.


    Year 13

    Exam results published

    Exam results are published. Your son/daughter will receive confirmation of their place at university if they have met the entry requirements.

    Contact universities

    If your son/daughter does not achieve the entry requirements to go to their first choice then the first thing they should do is call the university as many will automatically re-assess applicants. If they do not get a place, they may be admitted to their insurance choice. If they do not achieve the entry requirements for either they will be released into clearing.

    Clearing

    Clearing starts in mid-August and is available to applicants who have completed a UCAS application but have not managed to secure a place for the current year. It is also available for students who have not yet applied to university in the current year. Clearing allows unplaced applicants to contact institutions direct to discuss their options and suitability for the course. UCAS will automatically send out information to eligible applicants.

  • Year 12

    Research career paths

    Your son/daughter should be starting to research their possible career paths and university choices


    Year 13

    UCAS open for applications

    1 September - UCAS starts to receive applications.

    Select choices

    Applicants can select a maximum of five choices - these could be at five different institutions or five courses at the same institution.

    Applying for financial support

    You can support your son or daughter in applying for their financial assessment.

  • Year 12

    Open days

    12 & 23 October - if you have any questions on areas such as finance, accommodation and employability etc then come along to our open days to have them answered.


    Year 13

    Oxbridge deadline

    15 October - deadline for Oxbridge, medical, dentistry and veterinary courses

    Open days

    12 & 23 October - if you have any questions on areas such as finance, accommodation and employability etc then come along to our open days to have them answered.

  • Year 13

    Personal statement first draft

    Schools and colleges will start asking to see a first draft of your son/daughters personal statement - request a copy of our parent magazine which includes more information on how you can support them in this.

    Check UCAS track

    Once they have applied, universities will be making decisions on your son/daughter's applications (conditional, unconditional, and unsuccessful). They can check the progress of their application online via UCAS Track.

  • Year 13

    Interview questions

    Your son/daughter may be invited to the universities they have applied to, for a visit or an interview - have a chat with them about any questions they might want to ask.