How it all works

We're here to help you get into higher education.

  • In this area we'll help you choose from thousands of courses and hundreds of providers around the UK.
  • We'll also explain the different application routes, as well as student finance and preparing for your studies.
  • Then whenever you want to log in to one of the four application schemes you can do so below.


Everything you need to know about applying...

This video takes you through all the things to consider on your journey to higher education, so you can relax knowing you've got everything covered.

An overview on how to apply

The three steps to applying – choosing courses, applying and starting your course. Click the image to get the full size version.

Choose a course

Here's how to start your research.

  • What subject and career?
  • Which type of study?
  • Check entry requirements


How to apply for each type of course – from forms and deadlines to decisions, offers and conditions you have to meet.

Read how to apply for:

Then make your application below.

Don't forget about student finance too – scroll down to find out more.


Start studying!

Here's how to get ready for your course.

  • Budgeting advice
  • Starting a social life
  • Getting support

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Parents and guardians

  • Read the checklist of how your son or daughter can organise their research and application.
  • Sign up for the parents newsletter for more advice.

Teachers, advisers and referees

  • Find out how to become a UCAS centre.
  • Read about managing applications.
  • Find guides, resources and training.
  • Sign up for the adviser newsletter for regular updates and advice.

Student finance

We don't arrange fees or student loans.

  • However we do have info on the costs of studying and what financial support is available.
  • Fees and support can vary, depending on the type and level of course you're applying for.

More about student finance