UCAS Extra

Heard about UCAS Extra? It’s a brilliant free service that gives you an extra chance to apply for places on courses 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 25 February until early July 2021. It’s the next step if you've used all five of your university choices in UCAS. Use it if:

  • you’ve received decisions from all five universities – but haven’t had any offers
  • you’ve received 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 Track – use it 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 25 February and 4 July 2021. We’ll aim to get back to you with a decision within 21 days of receiving your application.

"The opportunities are everywhere and all you have to do is take them and be yourself."

Ethan, LLB(Hons) Law
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Ethan LLB(Hons) Law


Accepting an offer

If we offer you a place, you’ll be given a date to respond by in Track – there’s time to think it through. If you choose to accept, you’re 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 keep positive, as Clearing will be your next option, which opens in July.

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 apply for a different course instead.

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

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

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"UWE Bristol makes you more confident, more determined and more open."

Mercedes, BA(Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

Mercedes BA(Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

If you haven't applied yet

If you haven't yet applied through UCAS for a September 2021 start, the great news is there’s still time.

Applying before 4 July 2021? Apply through UCAS in the usual way.

Applying after 5 July? Your application will be processed through a process called Clearing.