UCAS Extra

UCAS Extra

By Ed Hanna

While the deadline for applications for the majority of UCAS undergraduate courses has passed, there’s still another chance to get on a course starting this year. UCAS Extra is a service that begins on 25 February 2019 and runs until 4 July 2019.

If you applied for five courses on your UCAS application and didn’t manage to secure any offers, or turned down all the ones you received, UCAS Extra gives you a second chance to apply for a place. You don’t need to use Extra if you did not make five choices on your original UCAS form – but there is an admin fee of £11 to add another choice in the Track part of the UCAS applications website.


Once you’ve sent your original applications to universities, you can see how they’re progressing by signing in to the UCAS online system, Track. If you become eligible for UCAS Extra, a button will appear on your Track screen when you log in.

You need to have applied to five universities and still have no offers. Essentially, you need to be an existing UCAS applicant, so you cannot simply utilise the UCAS Extra service if you haven’t already been through the ordinary application route.

Course selection

Just as you did during your original application you can select a suitable course using the course search tool in Track – by using fi lters with ‘show courses with vacancies’. Just as in your original selections, you can read details about the course and the entry requirements to see if it’s for you.

UCAS advise you to contact the university you have in mind to ascertain further details and for their latest advice. If you want to apply, click add an extra course and follow the instructions. The same application will be sent to your Extra choice that was sent to your original fi ve choices, automatically. You could also contact them to see if they’d prefer a new application – which would require you to send it directly.

If you accept (by the date specifi ed by the university) an offer through UCAS Extra you are committed to it and can’t apply elsewhere – but you do have the choice to turn it down and apply to another institution or cease the project altogether.

One at a time

It’s important you check carefully that there are places still available on the course, as you are only allowed to apply for one course at a time through Extra. Unless you decline a place on a course, you won’t be able to change the application for 21 days.


Even if by July when UCAS Extra closes, you’ll have another chance to apply for courses through Clearing after A-Level exam results are out.


Find out more about all aspects of the UCAS application process at: www.ucas.com