Information for Parents: Application Timetable

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The Year Before They Enrol at University…

March onwards

Students should begin researching universities and may attend one of the UCAS HE Fairs which take place around the country. Visit the UCAS website for details on dates and locations.


Open Days begin for many universities before the Schools break up for the summer. Open Days are a great way to get a feel for a university and its location, as well as to meet staff and students.

At the University of Lincoln we hold Open Days in July, September, October, November and December. We also hold informal visit days throughout the year and a Clearing Open House in August. Find all our dates and book your place here

September onwards

Your son or daughter will submit their application form online via UCAS and will be able to make up to five course choices.

Universities will review your son or daughter’s application and, if they are successful, will make them an offer.  A conditional meaning your son or daughter will need to achieve certain grades in their exams to confirm their place.

Your son or daughter can keep track of the progress of their applications via UCAS Track. Offers must be accepted as a ‘firm’ (first) or ‘insurance’ (second) choice by early May. All other offers must be declined.

November onwards

Once your son or daughter has been offered a place by a university, they may be invited to visit again. The University of Lincoln runs offer holder events which are subject-focused and include opportunities to meet academics and students, and to participate in masterclasses or workshops. We offer a separate timetable of talks aimed at parents.

Some courses may require your son or daughter to attend an interview before an offer can be made.

Start considering accommodation options with your son or daughter. At the University of Lincoln, applying for accommodation is simple; once your son or daughter has made their ‘firm’ choice with UCAS they can use our online accommodation booking system, which opens on 1 November 2020 for 2021 entry, to apply for accommodation.

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Applying through UCAS

All applications to UK universities for full-time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Visit the UCAS website

The Year They Plan to Enrol at University…


The deadline for most applications is mid-January of the year of entry. Deadline dates can vary for applications to particular courses, such as art and design programmes.

February onwards

Applications for student finance should be made by the end of May to ensure that your son or daughter has funding in place for the start of their course. Applications are typically made online. More information about fees and funding can be found here.


The deadline for your son or daughter to reply to all of their offers on UCAS Track and for student finance applications.


The University of Lincoln guarantees accommodation to first-year students who confirm the University of Lincoln as their first choice with UCAS and make an application for accommodation by 30 June.

July and August

If your son or daughter does not meet the terms of their offer they can go into Clearing. Clearing matches students without a place to university courses that still have vacancies.

If your son or daughter has done better than anticipated and exceeded the conditions of their offer, they can use the Adjustment process to reconsider where or what to study.