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- Adviser Guide 2018 (3.72 MB)
- Adviser Guide 2019 (3.96 MB)
- Application flowchart for advisers (46.63 KB)
- Example applicant letters – sent to undergraduate applicants throughout the year.
These include additional UK, EU, and international qualifications. The new UK QIPs added in July 2017 are mainly for vocational qualifications, reflecting the changes triggered in this area by the DfE performance measures. We’ve also included more EU/international qualifications, international GCSEs, iGCSEs, and international AS and A levels.
QIPs provide objective, comparable information about qualifications which providers can use to inform decisions about the admission of students. They include a range of information such as size, grading, assessment, structure and content.
For reference purposes, the 2015 EU and international qualifications version remains available in PDF format:
- UCAS Qualifications Information Profiles (QIPs) for EU and international qualifications – updated for 2015
Our 2015 Apprenticeship and Access to HE QIPs will be moved to digital at a later stage and remain available in PDF format:
- Apprenticeship Qualification Information Profiles 2015 – updated for 2015
- UCAS Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs) for Access to HE Diploma and Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) – updated for 2015
The QIPs replace the Qualification Guides, which UCAS used to publish. The QIPs provide information in a format agreed with universities. They help to provide information in a clear and consistent format across different qualifications. We have a project to add regulated qualifications, which were previously in the Qualification Guides, into the new QIP format. We are also digitalising our QIPs to make them more accessible electronically, so that they are user-friendly and efficient to update. Please see our QIPs document (117.54 KB) for more information.
The new digital EIPs are now available.
The aim of Education Information Profiles (EIPs) is to provide objective information on programmes taken as replacement qualifications for GCSEs, A levels, SCQF Level 5 qualifications, and Scottish Highers, to support providers in making informed decisions about the admission of UK students.
UCAS will consider submissions for an EIP for any assessed programme followed by UK students, which is not externally accredited to any of the regulatory frameworks in place in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, for programmes used in place of regulated GCSE, A level, SCQF Level 5, and Scottish Highers.
- Pre-application toolkit – this will help you introduce higher education to your students, and help you to explain how they go about making an application.
- Confirmation and Clearing toolkit – everything you need to explain Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment to your students.
- Application toolkit – all the information you need to submit applications on the behalf of your students.
- International toolkit – useful for student advisers worldwide and international officers in UK higher education.
- Direct contact service – we’re once again offering our direct contact service to applicants – designed to help those who find themselves without a university or college place. For 2017, this service will be available for Extra and Clearing, helping applicants who find themselves unplaced from 27 February through to mid-September.
- Supporting care leavers toolkit – this will help you understand what support is available to care leavers and how they can get information and advice when applying to higher education.
There’s also a parents' evening presentation (4.02 MB) you can use to explain higher education applications.
Handouts for your students and their parents
- The application process – how it works (552.73 KB)
- Applying to uni handout – an overview of the application process.
- Open days poster (A3) – hints and tips to prepare for open days.
- Parent Guide 2018 entry (8.57 MB) – the Parent Guide is now only available as a PDF.
- Personal statement dos and dont's poster (7.7 MB)
- UK map of unis and colleges by region (390.18 KB)
- UCAS resources for parents, guardians, and carers (204.19 KB)
- Which career path will you choose?
- Reply deadlines poster for 2018 entry (434.05 KB)
- New for 2018! Example application form (1.37 MB) – this is a great tool for you to use with your students. It shows each section of the online application form, and includes all the help text. It’s also handy for those with limited internet access. When using this with your students, it’s important to remind them that this is only a guide, not an application form. Your students will still need to register and complete their application online, as we do not accept paper applications.
Subscribe to Adviser Track to keep up-to-date with your students’ progress, so you can give them the best advice at the relevant point in the application cycle.
We offer a range of training sessions and presentations for new and experienced teachers and advisers.
They provide excellent opportunities to get in-depth information about the UK higher education application process.
The Go International website aims to support UK higher education by providing the latest policy, research, statistics, case studies and opportunities for study and work abroad. It also contains information on the benefits of international experience, as well as guidance on sources of funding.
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