UCAS Information

How does UCAS work?

When you submit your UCAS application, it doesn’t go straight to UCAS, it goes through school first.

Once you’ve submitted your form to us, we check through it for you, adding references, predicted grades, and then we’ll speak with you about your application, before submitting it to UCAS with you.

If you fail to meet the internal Woodkirk deadlines, then we cannot guarantee that you will meet the UCAS deadlines. We have lots of UCAS forms to process, and each one takes a long time, so it’s important that we get them by the dates specified.

We have had students miss the deadlines each year, and miss out on their applications in full. Please don’t let this be you!

If you’re unsure about anything, please keep asking questions and seeking clarification – we’re here to help!

Key Dates

If you don’t want to work through this page, and you’d rather download the key dates, you can do so here.

The UCAS search tool is live. You need to start looking for courses.

  • Continue to create your personal statement, and research courses through Unifrog.
  • Some courses may require pre-requisite tests (i.e. medicine, law or veterinary courses). It’s your responsibility to find out if the course you’d like to study requires you to take a test.
  • If you need to take a test, then book yourself a test slot. If you will be taking any university entry tests, and you want to know if they can be sat at school, please ask. We do have students sit through them, through most school years.
  • Access the video tutorials at the bottom of this page, and work through your UCAS form. You might not have decided on all five of your choices yet, so keep doing plenty of research.
  • The first draft of your personal statement should be handed (or emailed) to your form tutor.
  • Applications open for all courses through UCAS.
  • This is the internal deadline for medical, veterinary and dentistry courses, as well as music conservatories.
  • If you are planning to apply to an early entry course and you do not meet this deadline then you risk your UCAS form not being processed in time for the application deadline with UCAS.
  • This is the closing date for any music applications (6pm is the cut-off).
  • Dance, drama or musical theatre courses may have different deadlines.
  • This is a UCAS deadline, not a Woodkirk deadline.
  • This is the entry deadline for Oxford & Cambridge applicants, as well as those seeking to attend a medicine, veterinary, medicine/science and dentistry course.
  • This is a UCAS deadline, not a Woodkirk deadline.
  • This is the deadline to submit your application to school, so UCAS forms can be processed and we can add your references before the UCAS deadlines.
  • If you miss this deadline, there’s a good chance that you’ll miss the UCAS deadline.
  • This is the 2021 entry deadline for all UCAS courses.
  • This is the final UCAS deadline. Applications not with UCAS by this date will not be processed.

Help with your application

UCAS Form – Education section – Courses – KS4 (pdf, download)

UCAS Form – Education section – Courses – KS5 (pdf, download)


Can’t see this video, or is the video not displaying correctly? Watch here: https://vimeo.com/woodkirkacademy/2021ucas1

Can’t see this video, or is the video not displaying correctly? Watch here: https://vimeo.com/woodkirkacademy/2021ucas2.

Can’t see this video, or is the video not displaying correctly? Watch here: https://vimeo.com/woodkirkacademy/2021ucas3.

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