Set-up tips, dates, and guidance for the opening of Apply 2017.
Posted Thu 31 March 2016 - 16:17

Apply 2017 will be open to advisers and applicants in May 2016 on the following dates:

  • 17 May – Apply for advisers opens.
  • 24 May – UCAS Undergraduate Apply 2017 opens for applicants.

We’ll be sending out the usernames and passwords to UCAS registered centres in April in two separate emails for security purposes.

Top tips for setting up Apply 2017

  1. Sign in and check your centre’s details
    Please email to let us know if you need to make any changes.
  2. Confirm if you want to save last year’s staff and group names
    Unless you are a new centre, you’ll be able to save the details from Apply 2016 on the first page of Apply 2017 when you set it up. It’s important to do it now to prevent you losing all the information – you won’t be able to retrieve these details at a later date. Staff logins and passwords will be shown if you have chosen to transfer the details when you set up Apply. Again, please make a note of these as they will not be shown again. 
  3. Create your centre’s new buzzword
    When you register your centre’s details, you will be asked to allocate a buzzword to give to your students – this lets them link their applications to your centre. To avoid confusion, we recommend you choose a different buzzword to the one you used in the 2016 cycle.
  4. Create a shortlist of qualifications
    This helps students enter the correct qualifications they’re taking, which is particularly important if there are similar qualifications to choose from. Click ‘Setup’ and then ‘Qualifications’ in the drop-down menu. Then select the appropriate qualifications delivered by your centre from the full list, and click ‘Add’ to transfer them to your shortlist.
  5. Keep students informed
    Students will be able to sign in and work on their applications from 24 May, but they can’t submit them to UCAS until September.

Changes for 2017 entry

  • There will be a number of small changes planned as part of Apply 2017 that you need to know about.
  • UCAS Undergraduate fees will increase from £12 to £13 for a one course application, and from £23 to £24 for multiple courses. UCAS Conservatoires fees will increase from £20 to £24. This ensures we are able to meet our responsibilities in delivering value for money and a fair and accessible admissions service for applicants.
  • Improved signposting in Apply 2017 to help applicants avoid making duplicate applications.
  • An additional field introduced for Science Practical grades.
If you need any help or advice on using Apply, please contact our Schools Team on the numbers below.
  • The implementation of the new UCAS Tariff – additional resources can be found at
  • The GCSE reform in England is being phased in from 2017. The first subjects with new GCSEs will be English language, English literature, and maths in 2017, with other subjects to follow in 2018 and 2019. This will have an impact on your students resitting GCSEs in these subjects for the 2017 application cycle. The new GCSEs will be graded numerically (9-1, with 9 being the highest grade) rather than alphabetically (A*-G). GCSE grades in Wales and Northern Ireland are not changing.

Contact our Schools Team by telephone:

  • Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 18:00 (UK time)
  • Calling from the UK: 0345 123 8001
  • Calling from outside the UK: +44 330 333 0239

You can also email us at with your enquiry.

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