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Planned maintenance: 25 – 26 August

We are carrying out planned maintenance on Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August. This means that, at times, you may become disconnected from Apply for advisers 2017 and 2018, and Adviser Track.

Please do not make any changes to applications during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Friday 25 August
  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 26 August
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 26 August

Please be aware that UCAS Undergraduate Apply 2017 and 2018 may also become disconnected – we’re advising applicants to avoid making changes to their applications at the times listed above.

UCAS Undergraduate Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 26 August.

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.