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The Essential UCAS Application Guide

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UCAS Applications open on 3rd October this year! This may seem far away, but it is best to start as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of being accepted by the University of your dreams.

Choosing your Universities and Courses

You may choose up to five universities to apply to. This seems like a lot, but it really isn’t! Do your research, attend open days, and ask around. It is a very important decision!

Complete your profile

This step takes ages so we recommend you start sooner than later!

  1. Personal information (e.g. school details, support needs etc)
  2. Qualifications (ability to add any subjects that you are working towards or have completed already)
  3. Work history (if you have any work experience or currently have a part-time job you can add it here)
  4. Personal statement (gives you a chance to tell the provider that you are applying to a bit about yourself)
  5. Contact details (allows you to add your contact details e.g. mobile number and email and keep them up-to-date throughout the application process).

You can save these sections at any stage and when you have finished can mark as complete. All five sections need to be completed before you can start an application.


Before you can make an application you need to have saved the courses that you would like to apply for and completed all of the sections of your profile. Click the applications tab and select ‘start a new application’.

This will then put your application into the ‘Not sent’ category. You can then click the blue ‘view’ button and check over your application before you send it. When you are happy you can click ‘submit your application’!

Provider preferencing enables you to put your applications in the order in which you would like to go to them e.g. first choice, second choice etc

What next?

Your University will start to reply to you.

  • They might respond to you through UCAS Progress, so check your application dashboard regularly.
  • They might invite you to an interview, taster day, or meeting.
  • Make sure you keep your email address up-to-date so you can get updates and messages about your application.

Receiving offers and making choices

If you get an offer, you will see this on your ‘Applications’ page. You can receive conditional and unconditional offers through the system, and if there are any conditions, these will be visible. You have then got the option to accept or decline the offer. You can accept as many offers as you would like to!

If the school or college doesn’t want to make you an offer, they will mark your application as ‘Unsuccessful’.

Top tips

  1. Do your research and start early!
  2. Check the courses you are applying for fit with your career or job aspirations.
  3. Check your spelling and grammar on your application.
  4. Check you’ve put the correct contact information on your application.
  5. Once you’ve completed your application, get someone to check it for you before you submit it