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Here are your options if you miss the UCAS deadline

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There's no need to panic if you miss the UCAS application deadline on 26 January 2022. Even though it's best to sort out your application before the deadline, you still have a chance to land a place. However, you should know that there are no guarantees universities will give equal consideration to your late application. 

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UCAS Extra

Now, you have two main options if you miss the deadline. The first one is to apply through UCAS Extra. If you use all five choices on your UCAS application form and you’re not holding any offers, you can still find a place at university by adding another choice through Extra, between 25 February and 4 July.

You can also use add another choice in Track if you don't use up all your choices in your original UCAS application, as long as you do this before 30 June, and you haven’t accepted or declined any offers. 

If you don’t hold any offers after 5 July, you'll be able to add an additional choice – through Clearing, the second option to apply if you miss the January deadline.


Clearing is for:

  • Anyone who has not yet applied for university but wants to enrol on a course in September
  • Anyone who hasn’t achieved the grades required and who hasn’t been accepted for their first (firm) or second (insurance) choice university
  • Anyone who has not yet received any offers for a place at a university

Any empty places are up for grabs during Clearing and it usually operates on a first come, first served basis. Once you’ve found a course that you like, get in touch with the University of Sunderland (or another university of your choosing) to see if there are places on the course you're interested in. Once you’ve been accepted over the phone, you can add the University to your Clearing choice in Track.

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For more information about Clearing at the University of Sunderland, take a look at our Clearing webpage.

Turn your dream career into reality

Amy Orange called our Clearing hotline and landed a place on the LLB Law course. Three years later, she graduated with a First Class degree, and has since completed her LPC and Masters as well as gained a job working as a Family Paralegal at Ben Hoare Bell LLB:

When I didn’t get the grades to study at my first choice university I was devastated. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to attend university at all. I called the team at Sunderland and they reassured me that it wasn’t the end of the world. I realised that everything happens for a reason, and Sunderland is where I was supposed to study. The lecturers on the LLB course are first class, and only ever an email away when you need them. The support they provided was incredible throughout my three years at the University. Studying for my degree and my LPC has been the best four years of my life, and really prepared me for the real world. Now I am working as a Paralegal in Family Law, an area of law which I am incredibly passionate about."

Amy Orange
LLB (Hons) Law

Further information

To find out more about studying at the University of Sunderland, get in touch with our Student Helpline: student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk or join us at one of our Online Open Days

Published: 24 November 2021