Missed the UCAS deadline? Here are your options.

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Do you still need to submit your UCAS application? The deadline to apply for your chosen University of Stirling undergraduate course passed on 31 January 2024.

But if you haven’t finished (or even started!) your application yet, you are not alone. Lots of applicants have a last-minute change of heart about applying to University, or let other priorities get in the way (let’s face it – we’ve all been there).

So if you still need to get your application in – don’t panic! The ship hasn’t totally sailed yet. Even though the UCAS deadline passed a few months ago, you still have lots of routes to get into Stirling in September 2024 or beyond.

It’s not too late to apply

Even though the UCAS deadline has passed, you can still submit an application to your preferred course at the University of Stirling. You can apply through UCAS up until 30 June, but remember you may not get equal consideration to those who applied before the UCAS deadline on 31 January.

If you use all five applications and don’t have any offers, you can use UCAS Extra to apply for even more courses. UCAS Extra is open now and will be available until 4 July.

Apply through Clearing

Clearing isn’t just for results day. Did you know that Clearing opens on 5 July 2024, over a month before anyone in the UK gets their results?

If you don’t have any offers yet, you are eligible to apply through Clearing – even if you didn’t apply within the regular UCAS timeline or through UCAS Extra. If you apply after 30 June 2024, you will be entered into Clearing automatically.

On 5 July, we will publish the list of courses open for Clearing on our Clearing website. Browse the courses available, then pick up the phone and talk to our friendly admissions team who can help you secure your place.

Remember – if you already meet the entry requirements, you don’t need to wait until results day! You can contact us as soon as Clearing opens on 5 July.

You can find more information about the whole Clearing process in our helpful Clearing advice section on our website.

Take a year out

Not ready to start university in 2024? No problem. Lots of people take a year out between school and university to gain some life experience, get to know themselves a bit more, and gain a little more confidence before throwing themselves into full-time studies.

Here are some ideas for what you can do during your year out:

  • Volunteer with a local charity.
  • Do an internship in an industry that interests you.
  • Travel the world, or do volunteer work overseas.
  • Get a part-time job and save some cash.

This is an exciting time in your life when you are (relatively) commitment-free and can choose what to do with your time out. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get work experience, save money, or boost your CV.

Just make sure you know the UCAS deadlines for 2025 entry and get your university application done in plenty of time!

Get some work experience

You might need a little more time to decide whether university study is for you. And that’s totally fine. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to go straight from school to university straight away. Some people prefer to get a few years of work experience under their belt before they go into full-time studies.

Gaining work experience is a fantastic way to figure out what you really want. You might find an industry that you love, and a university degree is the perfect way to gain the theoretical knowledge you need to advance your career. Or, you may want to try something completely different.

There are no upper age limits for applying for financial support from any of the student finance bodies in the UK, so you don’t need to worry about getting “too old” for university. In fact, we welcome mature students to Stirling all the time!

However, going into full-time work may affect what kind of student funding you can apply for. Make sure you are clued up on funding options before you decide what to do.

Even if you have missed the UCAS deadline for 2024, lots of options are still open to you. We look forward to welcoming you to Stirling – in 2024 or beyond!

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