UCAS Extra

Heard about UCAS Extra? It’s a fantastic free service that gives you an extra chance to apply for a place on a course in addition to your top five.

What is UCAS Extra?

UCAS Extra is a free service that gives you another chance to apply for places on courses that still have vacancies. It opens from Wednesday 28 February and closes on Thursday 4 July 2024. It’s the next step if you have used all five of your university choices in UCAS and you have received:

  • decisions from all five universities – but haven’t had any offers
  • offers – but chosen to decline them.

How to apply

Take a look at our wide range of courses and find the one for you. Then, if you're eligible to use UCAS Extra, you’ll find an ‘Add an Extra choice’ button when you sign in to the ‘Choices’ section in UCAS Hub – simply use this to apply.

You can only apply to one course at a time through UCAS Extra, so it’s worth spending some time researching the right one for you.

When can you use UCAS Extra?

Any time between Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 4 July 2024. We’ll aim to get back to you with a decision within 21 days of receiving your application.

Alexander Hardy

"The skills I have gained from my course are highly applicable to my future career aspirations."

Alexander, BA(Hons) Business and Management.

Alexander BA(Hons) Business and Management.


Accepting an offer

If we offer you a place, you will be given a date to respond by in UCAS Hub, so you have some time to think it through. If you choose to accept, you are committing to the course and won’t then be able to apply anywhere else. This also means that you won’t be eligible for Clearing unless you don’t meet the offer requirements. 

Not been made an offer or declining an offer

If we don’t offer you a place, or you choose to reject it, you can still apply for another course via UCAS Extra, as long as there’s still time. If you don’t secure a place, try to stay positive, as Clearing opens in July and will be your next option.

Not yet heard anything?

If you haven’t received a decision within 21 days of applying through UCAS Extra, you can withdraw your application at any time and change it to apply for a different course instead.

If you didn't use all your choices by the January deadline

If you didn’t use all five choices by the UCAS deadline, you can just add more choices in UCAS Hub (as long as it’s before Sunday 30 June and you haven’t already accepted or declined any offers). Find out more on the UCAS website.

Abdul Azeez

"There’s a real collaborative spirit at UWE Bristol. They support students in exploring the best of their potential, making them feel excited to learn."

Abdul-Azeez, BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering.

Abdul-Azeez BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering.

If you haven't applied yet

If you haven't yet applied through UCAS for a September 2024 start, the great news is there’s still time.

Applying before Thursday 4 July 2024? Apply through UCAS in the usual way.

Applying after Friday 5 July 2024? Your application will be processed through Clearing.