Key documents

Find key information from UCAS, including our Corporate Strategy, Annual Report, and End of Cycle Reports.

UCAS' Corporate Strategy

Vision: UCAS is at the heart of connecting people to higher education.

Mission: To inspire and facilitate progression in education through information and admissions services.

The Corporate Strategy document sets out the strategic direction for UCAS between 2015 and 2020 and outlines our 10 point strategy which will ensure we:

  • provide more and better services to learners and those who support them
  • ensure providers can recruit and select the students they want
  • support others who have a stake in developing the benefits we have to offer

Our Strategy recognises that better services to learners will benefit higher education providers; and that better services for higher education providers will benefit learners.

View the digital version of our Corporate Strategy or download the PDF: โ€‹ UCAS Corporate Strategy 2015-2020


Annual Report and Accounts

This document covers public benefit statement; details of Directors and advisers; principal activities; total staff pay; Executive Directors pay (by band); highest paid Director; acquisitions and disposals; key accounting policies; Directors' interests (if any) in contracts.

If you require a copy of a previous year's UCAS Annual Report, please send your request to communications@ucas.ac.uk.


Articles of Association

This is UCAS' constitutional document which sets out the charitable objects, and covers the regulations for the operations of UCAS and the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees.


Outcomes of the International Admissions Review (IAR) consultation 2014

Following a period of analysis, research and engagement with the sector, we issued the IAR consultation in April 2014. It received an excellent response from stakeholders across the education sector, with organisations making considered and detailed responses. The  International Admissions Review โ€“ Findings and Recommendations report provides a detailed summary of the responses received and outlines proposals for implementation.

Recommendations were broadly supported, with some key priorities emerging:

  • the capability to upload digital documents
  • a review of current UCAS deadlines
  • improving information and advice for international and EU applicants

The consultation responses also emphasised the need for us to enhance our services to all applicants, not just international applicants.

Thank you to everyone who responded or participated in the review. We welcome your continued engagement to ensure any proposals are successful for everyone concerned, particularly applicants. Please email us at international@ucas.ac.uk if you have any questions or comments on the outcome of the International Admissions Review, or if you have any suggestions to support the implementation of any of the proposed recommendations.


UCAS Undergraduate 2016 End of Cycle Report

Our 2016 End of Cycle Report analyses the entire applications cycle and provides the most detailed understanding to date of admissions to higher education.


UCAS Undergraduate 2015 End of Cycle Report

Our 2015 End of Cycle Report analyses the entire applications cycle and provides the most detailed understanding to date of admissions to higher education.


UCAS Undergraduate 2014 End of Cycle Report

Our 2014 End of Cycle Report analyses the entire applications cycle and provides the most detailed understanding to date of admissions to higher education.


UCAS Undergraduate 2013 End of Cycle Report

Our 2013 End of Cycle report analyses the entire applications cycle and provides a detailed understanding of admissions to higher education.


UCAS 2012 End of Cycle report

The analysis in this report builds on our 2012 application demand analysis 'How have applications for full-time undergraduate higher education in the UK changed in 2012?' (July 2012)

  • This completes the picture of this cycle with outcomes in terms of acceptances for higher education, entry rates, offer making, tuition fees, qualifications and differences by background and sex.
  • We focus on the 18-year-old cohort, which is both the largest group within our datasets and provides the clearest signal for understanding the changes in 2012.

UCAS 2011 End of Cycle report statistical analysis 

This compendium of data from the 2011 cycle builds on the first End of Cycle report we published last year.

  • It contains a new section of analytical data as well as detailed tables and charts showing applicant and acceptance data by domicile, institution country, age, gender, ethnicity, POLAR2 group (deprivation index), type of school or college, distance travelled, type of higher education institution and subject area.
  • In many cases, we have included historical data for additional context.

Highlights from applicant surveys conducted in 2012

In 2012, UCAS surveyed over 46,000 students to find out what they think about a range of issues that influence their education choices.


UCAS Admissions Process Review Consultation

This report is presented for consultation on behalf of the UCAS Board.

  • It's the culmination of six months' work by the UCAS Admissions Process Review Team and Steering Group.
  • It represents the first comprehensive review of an admissions process that has served the higher education sector and applicants well for 50 years since the inception of UCCA in 1961.

UCAS Admissions Process Review Consultation findings and recommendations

  • We believe implementing these recommendations will deliver real improvements in the centralised admissions process for entry to UK undergraduate courses of higher education for all users of the system.
  • This includes applicants, those who prepare and advise them, and the course providers that seek to admit students.

UCAS Qualifications Information Review Consultation

This consultation represents a comprehensive review of qualifications information needs.

  • Including the needs of higher education providers, schools, colleges and advisers and applicants to higher education.

UCAS Qualifications Information Review Findings and Recommendations 

This report sets out our recommendations and next steps following the Qualifications Information Review and Consultation.

  • We believe implementing these recommendations will deliver real benefits to learners, teachers and advisers, and higher education providers.
  • We aim to provide more consistent, comparable and searchable information about qualifications to better inform admissions to higher education.