There are several reasons why you may need to consider making a direct university application – from being late in applying to university to not receiving any offers. So how does this process work? And can you apply to university without UCAS? Learn more in our handy guide to applying directly to university.

Can I apply to university without UCAS?

We understand that applying to university can be a stressful time. With so many options for your future, it can be overwhelming deciding straight away. But missing the UCAS deadline isn’t the end of the world. It can mean that you’ve taken time to really think about what you want.  

Applying for university without UCAS is easy. If you haven’t applied to any university by 30 June 2024 and you’re considering a course at the University of Salford, you can apply to us directly during Clearing without having to go through UCAS first. Want to learn more about how to apply to through Clearing? Discover our Clearing guide; it will provide you with all the information on how to apply to a university course with us.

You can follow this route as long as you already have the grades you need for the course you’re interested in. If you don't have your grades yet, you can apply as soon as you've received them. 

When to submit a direct university application

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Clearing 2024 opens on 5 July, so if you’re thinking about applying directly to university, you can call our friendly uni Clearing team from that date. When you contact us, we will ask you a few simple questions to find out more about you. We will then advise on whether we can make you an offer to study on your chosen course. 

So, what is the deadline for applying through Clearing? Deadlines will differ according to each institution, but the most common advice is to apply as early as possible. We recommend that you get in touch with our Clearing team as soon as you have your results. Course availability will lessen towards September , so it’s a good idea to secure your place in good time.

How to Apply to University Without UCAS

Before you apply, make sure you have all the information you’ll need for the call. This includes details of your grades (including GCSEs) and the name of the course you are interested in.  

Keep in mind that for some courses, we might need to arrange for a course tutor to speak with you, for you to attend an interview, or for you to send us a personal statement or portfolio of your work. This is nothing to worry about – it’s just a standard part of our direct university application process. It helps us make sure that you’re ready to study the course you’re applying for. 

Once you’ve contacted us to discuss your application, we will send you a form that you should submit back to us, along with copies of any relevant certificates. Once we have this, we will assess your application and update you on the outcome within five working days.  

When applying directly to university, please make sure you provide the correct email address on your application, as we’ll send you the outcome via email once you’ve made your submission.

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If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545 or