To help you support and guide your students, we’ve developed this toolkit to share key information about higher education, apprenticeships, and the UCAS application process.
It contains a wide range of resources, which can be used together or as part of a programme, as well as materials to share with colleagues and parents.
- Adviser Guide 2024 (7.1 MB) for staff at schools, colleges, and other centres, such as careers offices and agencies, who advise potential undergraduate applicants to higher education (HE) courses in the UK.
- Key changes to 2024 undergraduate applications.
- References will have three distinct sections.
Every student who wants to apply for courses starting in 2024 needs to register and create an account in the UCAS Hub. From here, students can explore all their options and start an application.
Ten reasons why you and your students will love the UCAS Hub
- Personalised experiences.
- Matching personalities to careers.
- Exploring everything in one place.
- Opening minds to new possibilities.
- Learning about different sectors.
- Diving deeper into different subjects.
- Location guides by students.
- Support throughout their journey.
- Hearing from experts.
- Highlighting local events.
- Making the right choices presentation (42.8 MB) – gives an overview of the opportunities available and highlights future options, including the benefits of higher education.
- Applying through UCAS presentation (30.63 MB) – for students who have decided they want to apply to higher education. It highlights where to start, key dates, and also gives an overview of the application and tracking process.
- The 2024 Undergraduate application (25.83 MB) – screenshots for you to copy and paste into your own materials and guides to share the application journey with your students.
- Hub Lives – videos to share with your students to connect them with industry experts.
Use our free lesson plans to discover how to explore the Hub in the classroom:
- Lesson 1: Discovering your skills
- Lesson 2: Exploring your passions
- Lesson 3: Thinking about apprenticeships
- Lesson 4: Weighing up your options
- Lesson 5: Shining in your application
- Lesson 6: Getting ready for UCAS Discovery
All lesson plans include:
- the lesson objective
- suggested lesson activities and their associated student outcomes
- guidance and examples to use with the activities
- a summary of Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI Framework skills the lesson covers
- Discovery Days – at UCAS/Discovery students can explore all kinds of possibilities. Talk to subject and admissions experts, discover apprenticeships, get advice on personal statements, applying through UCAS, and more.
- Virtual open days – we’ve created a centralised listing for upcoming uni virtual open days, and a handy video giving students tips on how to make the most out of them.
- Unibuddy – a chance for your students to talk to current undergraduates, to find out what studying a particular course or going to university is really like.
- The Careers Quiz – helping students discover their strengths and the type of jobs they may enjoy.
- What can I do next? – information about the variety of post-18 options available to your students.
- Applying for an apprenticeship: What your students need to know – find out how you can support your students to apply for a work-based option.
- What are two-year degree courses? An introduction to the Government's proposed two-year degree courses, including why your students may want to consider this fast-tracked route.
- Choosing the right subjects – give your students the tools they need to make informed decisions about which subjects to study at A level or equivalent.
Information for parents
We know parents look to you for information on the UCAS process. That’s why we’ve developed resources for you to share with them:
- Parent, guardian and carer guide 2024 (4.59 MB) – everything they need to guide and support a young person with their higher education choices.
- Parent and guardian guide to apprenticeships – practical tips for supporting someone who might be thinking about an apprenticeship.
- UCAS parents' evening presentation (55.26 MB) – a presentation you can give to parents at open days or parents' evenings. It illustrates the benefits of higher education, outlines the application process, and advises parents on what they can do to support their child.
Support for teachers and advisers
If this is your first cycle as a UCAS adviser, we have a number of resources to support you:
- Learn more about UCAS, and managing your students’ applications, with free short training courses on our professional development platform.
- ucas.com/advisers shows the timeline of activity for the cycle ahead and links to relevant information and advice.
- Join our next Adviser Live to hear about a range of topics and ask the experts any questions you may have.