This section provides links to our guides for advisers and any other publications that we think you'll find useful.
We have designed a toolkit for use by advisers which will provide you with an easy way of passing on that vital information. It includes suggested lesson exercises, practical tips, templates for onward communication, details on how to get in touch with us and a checklist for advisers.
This guide is for staff who advise potential applicants for higher education (HE) courses in the UK. It explains how students apply for higher education and how we deal with their applications.
This guide is for students, parents and advisers looking for higher education courses in Scotland.
Applicant letters and guides
Example letters that we send to applicants, along with a PDF of the Welcome Guide.
Illume and UCAS News archive
An archive of articles from Illume and UCAS News, grouped into various topics.
illume - summer 2013 (PDF)
The second issue of our UCAS magazine for advisers. illume is part of our new communications with schools, colleges and other centres involved in guiding students into higher education in the UK. It is published three times a year, in January, April and September.
Monthly newsletter Our monthly e-newsletters contain details about what's new and what's important, as well as other useful updates and reminders about the UCAS application process. If you're new to advising or not receiving the newsletter contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get added to our distribution list.
Little Guide 2014 (PDF)
A guide for students thinking about applying to university and college. Printed copies are available at the UCAS conventions and from our external supplier (see Publications available to order below) or just download this PDF.
Changes for 2013 entry - an adviser's guide (PDF)
This guide for advisers outlines the changes to the UCAS and CUKAS schemes for 2013 entry.
Guide to studying in the UK 2013 (PDF)
A guide for non-UK students and advisers containing information on the UK and the UCAS application process. This guide also contains a map showing the locations of over 300 higher education institutions.
Int Big Map 2013 (PDF)
A guide for international students with a list of all universities and colleges in the UCAS scheme and their locations in the UK.
Big Map 2013 (PDF)
A guide for UK and other European students with a list of all universities and colleges in the UCAS scheme and their locations in the UK.
UK Qualifications (PDF)
International Qualifications (PDF)
These guides provide accurate and up-to-date information about a wide range of pre-HE qualifications and entry routes to HE. The publications are intended primarily to be working manuals for admissions tutors and staff in universities and colleges. They should also be useful for staff in schools, colleges and careers services who advise applicants on entry to HE.
The following titles are available to order from our external supplier:
You can order these titles by calling 0844 894 0013 (08:30 - 17:30 UK time) - please have a credit or debit card ready for any charges as we are unable to offer an invoice facility. The postage and packing costs will be determined by the overall weight of the order, up to a maximum of £13 for up to 25kgs (larger orders will be priced on application).
Outside of these hours you can email email@example.com with details of your order and a convenient date and (UK) time for operators to contact you, process your order and take your credit/debit card details. Please do not send credit/debit card details by email, as we cannot process your order this way.
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