University Applications

UCAS (The universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the organisation that processes all full time applications to UK universities and colleges.

It is an independent charity providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Their services support young people making choices after their GCSE’s as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

It is there to support you – as well as your son or daughter through every step of the application process.

Services provided by UCAS include several online application portals, a number of search tools and free information and advice directed at various audiences. This includes students considering higher education, students with pending applications to higher education institutes, parents and legal guardians of applicants, school and further education college staff involved in helping students apply and providers of higher education (universities and HE colleges).

Whilst UCAS is best known for its undergraduate application service (the main UCAS scheme), it also operates a number of other admissions services:

  • Conservatoires UK Admissions Service (CUKAS) – for performing arts at a UK conservatoire.
  • UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) – for postgraduate teacher training schemes.
  • UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) – for some postgraduate courses.
  • UCAS Progress – for post-16 education and training.

UCAS sends all applicants a monthly Newsletter full of useful information, reminders, advice and competitions.
For further information about the UCAS process, take a look at the advice for parents and guardians on www.ucas.com.