1. Register with UCAS
Once you’ve done your research and decided which courses you want to apply to, register to use the UCAS Apply system.
Your school or college may have a UCAS buzzword, which you'll need to add when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
2. Start your application
The online application system usually opens in September for entry to university the following year. You can complete your application in stages and return to it at a later date to edit it, as long as it’s before the application deadline.
3. What to include in your application
Your application should include:
- Your personal details and qualifications.
- Course choices – you can choose up to 5 (if you choose fewer you can add extra ones later, as long as you do so before the deadline). You'll need the UCAS code for Newcastle University if you're applying to us.
- A personal statement – this is where you can stand out from other applicants, so you should start thinking about this early. There’s a useful tool on the UCAS website help you write this.
- A reference from a teacher, adviser or professional who knows you academically.
You may get support with writing your application from a teacher or careers adviser.
Find out about additional support with your application.
4. Deadline to apply
For most courses, you should submit your application by 15 January 2017 if you’re applying to start university in 2017 or to defer your entry until the following year.
For Medicine and Dentistry, the deadline is 15 October 2016 for 2017 entry.
If you’re applying through your school or college, they may give you earlier deadline to fill in your application so they can make sure they can write your reference and send your application to UCAS on time.
5. What happens next
Find out what happens when you’ve submitted your application.
6. Applying through Clearing
If you haven't already secured a place at university by August, you can also apply to Newcastle University through Clearing. This may be because you just missed the terms of an offer or you didn't apply by the UCAS deadline.
During Clearing, all universities with spaces available on their degree courses advertise these vacancies – usually on their websites and on the UCAS website.
Find out more about how Clearing works at Newcastle.