Applying Through UCAS

UCAS stands for the 'Universities and Colleges Admissions Service'. They are the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

All Undergraduate Home/EU and International applicants should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

International applicants can apply through one of UAL’s official representatives in your country. If you choose to make a direct application, our international teams will then process your application and assist you further. We recommend that you apply early to avoid your chosen course becoming full and also to ensure that you have enough time to prepare for joining your course.

The application process

When you apply through UCAS you are allowed up to five course choices across the UK.

Both Home/EU and international applicants should ensure that your application reaches UCAS by the 15 January 2016 in order to receive equal consideration. Equal consideration means that your application will be considered alongside other applicants who have also met the deadline. If you apply after the 15 January 2017, you will be considered as a late applicant.

Please note that you may only change your course choice within 14 days of submitting your application. Any course changes will not be permitted after this time. It should also be noted that any changes made to your application after 15 January 2017 will result in the application being marked as late. 

Once submitted, you can then follow the progress of your applications through UCAS Track. Your application is automatically sent to the institutions to which you have applied, so you do not need to check with them.

We aim to make decisions on all on time applications made through UCAS by the 31 March 2017. This is not always possible if the course attracts a large number of applicants. If you apply after the 15 January 2017, your application will not be reviewed until after those that met the 15 January deadline.

Personal Statements

We operate a fair and transparent admissions process and as such would want to ensure that all information provided to us is honest and accurate.

UCAS submits all personal statements to their similarity detection software in order to ensure that an applicant's work does not contain the same or similar text to websites, another applicant's personal statement, or other documents. More information regarding the similarity detection process can be found on the UCAS website.

If you have submitted an application to us and you have been notified that UCAS has detected similarity in your personal statement, you can contact us directly to explain the similarity by emailing

If you are applying through UCAS and need help preparing your personal statement visit the UCAS website.

UCAS Extra

UCAS Extra lets you make an additional course choice from February 2017 onwards, but only if you have used all five choices and you are not holding any offers. If you are eligible for UCAS Extra then UCAS will automatically send you information regarding this process.


Clearing is the final opportunity for applicants not holding a place to apply for a course. Not all courses will have vacancies and those that do will be advertised on our website and on the UCAS website from August 2017. You can only receive an offer through Clearing if you already have your results.

Further information on applying through UCAS, including costs, deadlines and application stages, may be found on the UCAS website.