When will you apply to university?
Some students choose to wait until their gap year to apply for university, as they plan to use the time to do a little soul-searching or pursue activities which will help them stand out as applicants.
Others apply in their final year of secondary school for the following academic year. Called deferred entry, it means that you’ll already have your place this autumn for next September, and you can focus your gap year on all of the fun things above - not more applications.
Thinking about the UK? You actually can apply for deferred 2022 entry through Clearing, both as a direct applicant (meaning you’ve not yet applied to a UK university this year), or as an existing applicant (meaning you’ve declined or missed your existing offers and are now looking for an alternative course).
Some universities, having seen a drop in student enrollment both in 2020 and 2021, have slightly lowered their entry requirements. This has got some students predicting that, come 2022, university admission requirements will be much harsher, and feel pressure to apply this year.
Other students, however, think it’s wiser to wait and see. The truth is, the right decision is the one that feels right to you. To learn more about 2021 opportunities and applying this year, visit the rest of our Results Resources.