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Schools Team availability: 1 May
Our offices will be closed on Monday 1 May 2017. We will open again as usual at 08:00 (UK time) on Tuesday 2 May.
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2018 Adviser Guide is now available

Download your copy of the Adviser Guide 2018 (4.2 MB) now! 

We're currently finalising our 2018 Parent Guide – this year in collaboration with Which? – and hope to make it available later this week. 

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Setting up for 2018

We’ll soon be opening our 2018 services. The key dates you need to be aware of are:

  • 9 May – our new search tool goes live
  • 16 May – Apply for advisers opens
  • 23 May – Apply for applicants opens

Usernames and passwords for Apply for advisers will be sent to the primary contact at registered centres:

  • 2 May 2017 – for EU and International centres
  • 8 May 2017 – for centres in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland
  • 11 May 2017 – for centres in England 

Due to the annual sending of logins and passwords to existing registered centres, we are in an embargo period from 12 April ­– 11 May. This means no registered centre forms will be processed during this time. We will resume normal service after this period.

The adviser fundamentals

If you’re new to your role in advising applicants, or have little experience of the UCAS application cycle, this is the training for you.

What’s on offer?

This training day has been designed to help introduce you to the world of UCAS, and applications to higher education. It will provide you with an easy to digest hands-on understanding of relevant practices, processes, key dates, and resources.

Objectives of the session include:

  • learning about the various stages of the UCAS application cycle, and what you and your applicants need to do at specific times of the year
  • looking at research tools, and how these can help your applicants make the right choices
  • gaining an overview of what's required in the applicant's reference and personal statement
  • finding out how we can support you and your students

Book to attend the adviser fundamentals

If you have an enquiry, please get in touch with our Professional Development Team on 01242 545 712, or at

Places are limited to 32 delegates per session, to ensure a comfortable environment, promoting discussion and interaction, as well as giving everyone the chance to get their questions answered.

Numerous sessions take place at UCAS HQ in Cheltenham throughout the academic year. Due to us limiting the group size, we advise you book early to secure your place.

We charge £25 per person per session, plus VAT. This includes refreshments, lunch, and downloadable course materials.

Agenda for the day

10:00 Arrival, registration, and refreshments.
10:30 Welcome and introduction.
10:45 The UCAS applicant journey.
11:45 Research matters
Effective personal statements
12:45 Lunch (provided by UCAS).
13:15 Research matters
Effective personal statements
14:15 Good practice in reference writing.
15:30 Closing questions and departure.

Upcoming sessions

Here is the full list of remaining training sessions for this academic year:

  • Wednesday 18 January 2017
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017
  • Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • Wednesday 19 July 2017

Book to attend the adviser fundamentals

If the session you want to attend is fully booked and you'd like to be added to a waiting list, please contact us at