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Getting started for 2018 entry

Your UCAS back to school checklist – everything you need to get prepared for 2018 entry.

1. Set up Apply for advisers 2018

If you haven’t already, make sure you’ve set up Apply for adviser 2018, and familiarised yourself with the online service. Your centre’s username and password was sent to your UCAS correspondent in May, from adviser communications.

How to set up Apply for advisers

What you can do in Apply for advisers

2. Be aware of recent changes in the higher education landscape, and their impact on 2018 entry

With the higher education landscape continuously changing, make sure you’re up-to-date on what you need to be aware of for 2018 entry.

Our recent webinar, UCAS key insights for 2018 entry, will provide you with an overview of recent changes, and their potential impact on behaviours. 

View webinar recording

Also. take a look at our first adviser newsletter (406.33 KB) for the 2018 entry cycle.

If there are any topics you'd like to hear more about, please let us know by emailing

3. Back to school reading list

We have a wide range of resources and guides available to support you in your role. For the start of 2018 entry, we recommend you take a look at…

Adviser Guide 2018 (3.72 MB) — everything you need to know and do throughout the year. Our pre-applicant toolkit – helping you introduce higher education to your students, and explain how they make an application.
Application flowchart for advisers (46.63 KB) — an overview of the application process, shwoing what happens when. Our application toolkit – all the information you need to submit applications on behalf of your students.

4. Keep informed

  • Check out our new adviser timeline! We’ve added a new timeline feature to, to help you find information when you need it. Please let us know what you think using the ‘Feedback’ button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters – an ideal way to keep up-to-date. Our newsletter highlights actions you need to take, tells you all the important information you need to know, and keeps you informed about what’s new or changed.
  • Take a look at our Adviser newsfeed – stay up-to-date with the latest news.
  • Follow our adviser Twitter account — every day, we post information and tips specifically for advisers – get following!
  • Make the most of our training and conferences for advisers – we offer a wide range of training sessions, for new and experienced advisers, to help you develop in your role. 

5. Let us help you help others

We’ve got lots of resources for your students, parents, and colleagues which can be found across our guides and resources section. Here are some of the most popular.

For your students
For parents
For your colleagues

6. Ask us questions!

Don’t forget, we have a dedicated Schools Team for teachers and advisers. Hashmita Patel and her team here in Cheltenham are on hand to help with any queries you may have throughout the year.

Download the Schools Team contact details (119.44 KB)

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