Everything you need to prepare for the 2022 application cycle – all in one place!

To help you support and guide your students, we’ve developed this toolkit to share key information about higher education 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.

UCAS Hub: The application gateway and place to explore options

Every student who wants to apply for courses starting in 2022 needs to register and create a UCAS account in the UCAS Hub. From here students will be able to start their application and: 

  • explore dozens of subject guides and careers options to get inspired
  • favourite and shortlist courses direct from the UCAS search tool
  • use the personal statement tool to get a head start on their application
  • chat to current students with UniBuddy

UCAS Hub lesson plans

Covering everything from transferable skills to finding your purpose, these lessons below have been developed by expert careers advisers to help inspire, organise, and inform your students' future plans.

1. You don't know what you don't know...

Aim: To make students curious about their possible future, and become motivated to research it.

2. How many hellos are you away from your dream job?

Aim: To prepare students to communicate effectively, and to make good connections for future opportunities.

3. Will you dare to live the life you want?

Aim: To make students aware of the wide range of career options available, and get them thinking about what interests them.

4. Assumptions and influences – why you should challenge them regularly

Aim: To encourage students to challenge assumptions and influences which may limit their choices.

5. What drives you to be who you are?

Aim: To help students understand what motivates them in life.

UCAS Hub student packs

These short self-led tasks take students through the early uni research stages, encouraging them to explore their options on ucas.com and in more depth in the UCAS Hub. They’ve been designed in Microsoft Word, so you can add them to learning apps or email directly to students to complete.

  •  Turning the spotlight on yourself – in this pack students are encouraged to think about their interests and future options – encouraging them to start their research.
  • Thinking of going to uni? – we get students thinking about what they may want from higher education and share more about how the UCAS Hub will help with research. 
  • Choosing your courses – students are asked to start researching their courses and given pointers about what to research. 
  •  Apprenticeships – students can use this pack to kick-start their research about apprenticeships and explore all the jobs on offer. 

Resources to introduce UCAS

  • Making the right choices presentation (47.22 MB) – this presentation gives an overview of the opportunities available and highlights future options, including the benefits of higher education.
  • Myth busters handout (67.23 KB)– there are many myths about higher education. We’ve dispelled the top ones in this useful handout.
  • Applying through UCAS presentation (28.86 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.
  • Application process handout (544.28 KB)– we’ve broken the higher education application process down into three simple steps in this handout, including when we need to receive applications.

Supporting tools

  • 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 buzz quiz – helping students discover their strengths and the type of jobs they may enjoy.
  • What are my options? – information about the variety of post-18 options available to your students.

Which? guides

Open your students' eyes to all the possibilities – from degree apprenticeships to studying abroad – and debunk some common myths about university.


Information for parents

We know parents look to you for information on the UCAS process. That’s why we’ve developed a presentation you can give to them at open days or parent evenings.

  • UCAS parents' evening presentation (17.22 MB)– illustrates the benefits of higher education, outlines the application process, and advises parents on what they can do to support their child.

Ready to apply?

Applications for 2022 entry will open on 18 May 2021 – and we’ve been working on some exciting changes, based on adviser and student feedback. Below is a summary of the key changes and the resources to help you support your students.

  • The UCAS Hub is the only place students need to register – students tell us multiple usernames and passwords are confusing, so those making 2022 applications will only have to register once in the UCAS Hub and they’ll use those credentials for their entire UCAS application – including tracking offers and decisions.
  • Improved design  we’ve redesigned the application to make it responsive and user-friendly. The design will be consistent with ucas.com and the adviser portal – giving you and your students a more consistent experience.
  • Clearer help text – in response to our most frequently asked questions, we’re updating our help text to give the best advice, guidance, and signposting to students as they complete their application.
  • Tailored sections  we’ve updated the flow of the application to provide a more intuitive experience. For example:
    • we’ll only ask questions relevant to the applicant – for example, UK applicants won’t be able to see questions for international students
    • we’ve updated the name of specific sections to make it them easier for students to understand and navigate
  • The application fee will be £22.00 for one choice applications and £26.50 for applications with multiple choices. 

Handouts for you and your students

Coming soon! We’re also creating new videos for 2022 entry and will have these ready for May 2021. These will no longer be available within the application.

Which? guides

From entry requirements, to personal statement techniques, these guides will make sure your students have everything they need to successfully apply to university.

Student finance advice

For those in England, tools and academic resources are available on the Student Loans Company website. This includes factsheets, quick guides, films, and other resources to help you explain student finance to your students and their parents.

For guidance on other parts of the UK please check with your local funding organisation.