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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.

Becoming a UCAS centre

Schools, colleges, advisers or agents can become registered UCAS centres and get unique access to their students' higher education applications.

 What is a UCAS centre?

Schools, colleges, advisers or agents can register with UCAS to become a centre – read our terms and conditions for registered centres to find out more. Once you become a UCAS centre, we'll make sure you have everything you need to know to support your applicants through the application process.


Manage your students’ applications easily

Becoming a UCAS centre is free and means students can make their UCAS Undergraduate application through you.


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 will be entering 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.

How to register as a UCAS centre

Schools, educational advisers and agents who assist students with UCAS Undergraduate applications to UK higher education can register themselves with UCAS by filling in one of the forms below.

Becoming a registered centre is completely free and provides organisations with a suite of tools to help manage student applications, gives access to the latest information and advice services, and allows higher education (HE) providers to track where students have come from.

Click the relevant link to begin the process of becoming a registered centre.

Which form is relevant to me?

Agents – UK/EU/international 

EU & international schools/centres UK schools/centres
EU/international advisers EU/international based schools (with international applicants) UK schools
EU/international agents British Council offices EU/international schools based in the UK
EU/international counsellors English language centres based overseas UK guidance counsellors
EU/international advisers based in the UK   BFPO schools
Independent advisers/counsellors based in the UK   UK prisons

You will need a reference/letter of recommendation if you are an UK/EU/international adviser/agent  

If you are a UK, EU or international adviser/agent, you need to attach a reference/letter of recommendation from a university or college which is a member of UCAS when you complete the above form. You can view a list of UCAS members in our undergraduate search tool. Please read the advice for your referee below.

Reference criteria 

The reference/recommendation letter should include:

  • contact name and details of the person providing the reference/recommendation
  • contact name and details of the person and centre/organisation requesting the reference/recommendation
  • confirmation of how long the university or college has known the individual and/or the organisation/centre
  • a brief outline of the relationship between the university or college and the organisation/individual (the referee should highlight if they know the individual/centre, whether they receive applications, and comment on the organisation/individual's professional conduct, etc.)
  • whether the referee would support the application to be become a UCAS registered centre and the reason(s) why   

We will validate any letter of recommendation/reference.


Benefits of being a UCAS centre

Registered centres have unique access to applications during the application process. Centres are able to subscribe to Adviser Track, which will then allow them to see applications once they have been sent to UCAS. Some of the benefits are outlined below.

  • Help when you need it – a dedicated schools support team.
  • Your centre is viewed as a trusted source of applications by universities and colleges.
  • Email students in your group directly from the system with timely reminders, corrections, and comments on their application.
  • Receive monthly mailings from UCAS giving you news, insight and up-to-date information about the application process that you can pass on to your students.
  • Subscribe to Adviser Track – the service that shows your applicants and their status once they have submitted an application. View where your applicants are, if they have replied or are ready to reply to their offers, and where they are accepted.
  • As part of the subscription service, you will receive Applicant Status Reports which give you a unique snapshot of where your applications are once they have been submitted to UCAS.

Training services

Once you have registered as a UCAS centre, you can benefit from training sessions offered by our Professional Development Team.


The UCAS International Team

If you are an international centre, our International Team can provide any help and guidance you may need. The team is happy to visit registered centres to talk to staff and their agents (when the latter are visiting the UK) and to provide training to local staff, agents, schools and British Council staff when attending international events in various countries.