Guides and resources

Tools to help applicants

Download useful guides from the related documents tabs.

  • We update these resources across the year, including a range of toolkits designed for different parts of the application process.
  • Plus the adviser newsletters we send to registered UCAS centres will let you know when there's anything new.

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Your guide to 2014 applications

Click the image to download the adviser guide explaining 2014 undergraduate applications.

The Little Guide to higher education

Click the image to download a guide for students interested in higher education.

A guide for the parents of applicants

Click the image to download a guide you can hand out to the parents of your students.

Undergraduate adviser guides

  • Adviser guide 2014 – to undergraduate applications (test your knowledge with the quiz inside answers here).
  • Important changes – to the UCAS and CUKAS application schemes for 2014 entry.
  • Pre-HE qualifications – UK and international, plus entry routes to higher education.
  • Example applicant letters – sent to undergraduate applicants throughout the year.

Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs)

QIPs provide objective, comparable information about qualifications which providers can use to inform decisions about the admission of students. They include a range of information such as size, grading, assessment, structure and content.

You can view the QIPs we have produced to date in related documents:

• selected EU and international qualifications 
• selected Apprenticeships frameworks 

We plan to produce further QIPs, including major UK benchmark qualifications and the Access to HE Diploma.

Read our magazine for advisers

illume is our adviser magazine – published every January, April and September with articles on higher education, subjects, careers and policy changes across the UK.

Adviser toolkits

These help you pass on vital information to students – with handy tools like classroom exercises and mythbusters. 

  • Pre-applicant toolkit – this will help you introduce higher education and applications to your students.
  • Convention toolkit – understand the benefits for your students in attending one of our HE conventions, and find out how to make the most of them.
  • Application toolkit – all the information you need to submit applications on the behalf of your students.
  • International toolkit – useful for student advisers worldwide and international officers in UK higher education.
  • Extra toolkit – all you need to know about Extra, to advise your students and their parents.

There's also an adviser presentation – you can use this to explain higher education applications at parents' evenings.

Handouts for your students

These are good for downloading, printing or sending to your students and their parents.

  • There's a Scottish guide if they're interested in studying there (or as a resource for you).
  • The undergraduate application flowchart – useful to have on the wall or as a handout.
  • A map and guide for UK universities and colleges – good to print or give to UK and EU students.
  • A map and guide for international students – a handy introduction to the UK higher education landscape.
  • The Little Guide 2015 – full of info introducing higher education, what to study and how to apply for those looking to start studying in September 2015.
  • Making the most of auditions – a Conservatoires UK leaflet preparing students for performing arts auditions. 

Publications

Great for introducing higher education to students and parents.

  • The Little Guide 2014 and 2015 – download on the right, pick up at UCAS conventions (2015 guide only), or order free of charge + p&p
  • The Parent Guide 2014 and 2015 – free of charge + p&p
  • The UCAS Guide to Getting into University and College (Second Edition) – £12.99 + p&p

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