Why wait? – January university admissions
If you’re keen on enrolling for a study course but missed the September intake, don’t worry. Many universities up and down the country offer courses that start in January, so you can still apply if you get working on your submission now.
By Gary Buswell
Although the UK academic year traditionally runs from September to July, a number of universities have a January admissions window for some of their courses so it’s worth checking out details now, if you don’t want to wait.
A January start could be good for you if:
- You want to study a course but missed the initial UCAS deadline for 2018-19
- You have only just decided you’d like to take up a course
- You want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy September start. Although January courses can still be popular, especially with overseas students, things won’t be quite so hectic.
What courses can you apply for?
The choice of courses and universities is slightly limited compared with September admissions but there are still plenty of good options available so it’s worth taking a look. If your preferred subject or university isn’t listed, you might find something else that appeals to you.
As well as undergraduate programmes, you can also find postgraduate courses (both Master’s and PhD), foundation degrees, short courses and distance learning programmes. There tends to be a wider range of postgraduate and foundation programmes available for January start.
When to apply
Most universities start accepting applications for January admissions around August or September, so it’s advisable to start the application process as soon as possible to give yourself plenty of time to prepare a strong application. Be sure to choose the right university and course, write a good personal statement and get all the paperwork sorted.
Check for any deadlines that you need to be aware of. Some colleges have rolling admissions, which means they will continue to accept applications until the course is filled, but don’t leave it too late.
How to apply
You can check details of available courses for January 2019 intake on college and university websites. These sites will offer a list of courses and details on how to apply. You can also contact institutions directly to speak with their admissions staff. Websites such as www.studyin-uk.com and www.fasttrackedu.co.uk are useful for finding information on universities offering January starts.
You should also look out for university open days, where you can find out information on programmes and ask questions about intake.
Universities offering January admissions
Plenty of universities and colleges have started to increase the number of courses they offer with a January intake. Here are just a few of the UK universities offering January 2019 admissions:
Birkbeck University, London
Tel: 020 7631 6000
London Metropolitan University
Tel: 020 7423 0000
The Open University
Tel: 0300 303 5303
(For February admissions)
University of Glasgow
Tel: 0141 330 2000