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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.

Progression pathways

Watch our videos to find out about the new and non-traditional qualifications an increasing number of learners are using to enter higher education.

The qualifications landscape for university admissions is currently undergoing significant change. In recent years, an increasing number of learners have been entering higher education with new or less traditional qualifications. We produced a series of videos to explain the various non-traditional qualifications and the implications for transition to higher education. 


The changes have created challenges for universities in understanding the value of the learning, assessment and qualifications that some students have taken prior to entering higher education. Advisers also want to ensure their learners are given accurate advice to help them achieve their progression aspirations.

We initiated a project called Progression pathways to address these challenges - you can read our discussion paper capturing the lessons learned and observations made in our  report

We have used the project’s findings to enhance the information and advice we give to learners when making qualification choices. The learner resources include:

  1. Animation describing each qualification type.
  2. Three case study videos looking at the experiences of current students.
  3. Online quiz to help learners explore what qualification pathway may be suitable for them.

You can access the learner resources on the What qualifications are out there for 16-19 year olds? page.