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Here are your options if you've missed the 2020 UCAS deadline

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Published: 23 January 2020

There's no need to panic if you missed the UCAS application deadline on 15 January 2020. 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’ve missed the deadline. The first one is to apply through UCAS Extra (if you included five choices on your application, have received decisions from all five, and weren’t accepted, or if you declined the offers you received). If you didn’t use all your choices in your initial application, you can add another choice in Track before 30 June, given that you’ve not 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 missed the January deadline.


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, you need to 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. Bear in mind that before you add the University to your Clearing choice in Track, you have to call us and express your interest, give us your Clearing number and Personal ID, which you have to register for.

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You need to be accepted by the University over the phone before you can add us to your Clearing application. If you find yourself in Clearing, it's not necessarily a bad thing as UCAS confirmed that a record-breaking 60,100 people were accepted through the process in summer 2018.


If you achieve better grades than you expected and want to apply for another course and/or university, you can change your choice through Adjustment. It's available from A Level results day (which falls on 13 August 2020) until 31 August 2020. Some courses you're interested in might be full, but it’s worth checking as other applicants might have missed their conditions or swapped their course.

Turn your dream career into reality

Amy Orange failed to get her first choice of university, but after calling our Clearing hotline she landed a place on the LLB Law degree. Three years later, Amy 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

Get in touch

Call us on 0191 515 3000 or take a look at our Clearing page to learn more about the Clearing process.

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