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Want to go to uni this year? There's still time

IF YOU are considering applying to university this year, there is still time to make an application – if you hurry.

Though many freshers across the UK have already arrived at their chosen university or college and are busy making friends, finding their way around and settling in, many higher education providers will accept new students in the first part of the autumn term.

HOW TO MAKE A LATE APPLICATION

Course vacancies can be found on www.ucas.com. Check if there are courses available which interest you which have entry requirements that you can meet. If you are a mature student, remember that universities may use your career experience to assess your aptitude and suitability for a course. Use the search tool on www.ucas.com to help you draw up a shortlist of options as soon as possible – although you will now need to contact universities directly to ask if they still have places available on a specific course, as UCAS stopped showing entries for 2017 after September 30.

ADVICE IS AVAILABLE FROM A RANGE OF SOURCES

Speak to a UCAS adviser on Twitter by using the handle @ucas_advisers, by calling 03714680468 or take a look at the videos and case studies on www.ucas.com. Remember that chatting your options over with friends and family members will help. Contact the universities and colleges on your shortlist and speak to the admissions teams. They will ask you for your qualifications and grades, or your career history, and why you are interested in this course. This is the opportunity for you to ask questions too about the course, the university/college and accommodation. If the university is able to offer you a place, try to arrange a visit before making your final decision, and involve those who know you well in the process. If you have already made an application through UCAS for 2017 entry, then sign into Track to add your choice. If not, then you can make an application direct with the university. The admissions tutors will help you with this.

NOT SURE? TAKE A RAIN CHECK

If you aren’t sure about a course, it might be best to wait until next year. Applications for 2018 have already opened, and January 15 is the deadline for most undergraduate courses. If you want to apply to study at Oxford or Cambridge, or to study on a course in medicine, veterinary medicine/science or dentistry, the deadline is October 15.

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