UCAS stands for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. UCAS enables everyone to apply to universities and colleges across the UK.
Applications on UCAS open on 4 September for entry the following September. The application deadline for most courses is 15 January, but if there are some places left on a course, late applications may be accepted until 30 June.
After 30 June, the UCAS main scheme closes and moves onto Clearing. If you’ve missed out on applying to a course, didn’t get a place on your chosen course, or have simply decided now is the time to apply to university, Clearing gives you another chance to secure a place. Your application will be slightly different through Clearing, but keep an eye on our website in the summer for more information.
You can apply to a maximum of 5 institutions via UCAS, filling out only one form. This is then sent to all the universities you’ve applied to.
The form consists of different sections – from simple contact information to your personal statement. Your personal statement is your time to shine and sell yourself, showing your passion for your chosen subject and outlining your academic and personal successes.
You will also need to include a reference from someone who knows you and your motivations for the subject you want to study. This tends to be a teacher.
The final part of your application is a fee of £20 for a single choice or £26 for several choices.