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UCAS Progress Search and Apply maintenance: 15 – 17 December

UCAS Progress Search and Apply will be unavailable from 20:00 on Friday 15 December until 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 17 December, due to planned maintenance.

During this time, you will be unable to access, work on, or submit your application. Teachers and advisers will also be unable to review applications, or add references.

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Planned maintenance: 15 – 17 December

Due to planned maintenance, the services below will be unavailable from 20:00 on Friday 15 December until 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 17 December:

  • UCAS Undergraduate Apply and Track
  • UCAS Conservatoires Apply and Track
  • UCAS Teacher Training Apply, Track, and the search tool
  • UCAS Postgraduate Apply
During this time, you won’t be able to work on your application, sign in to Track, or use the UCAS Teacher Training search tool.
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UCAS Progress phone lines availability – 13 December

Our UCAS Progress phone lines will be unavailable at the following times on Wednesday 13 December, due to staff training:

  • 11:55 – 13:15
  • 14:55 until close (17:00)
They will reopen as usual from 09:00 on Thursday 14 December.
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Customer Experience Centre availability – 13 December

Our Customer Experience Centre will close at 15:45 (UK time) on Wednesday 13 December for staff training. It will open again, as usual, at 08:30 (UK time) on Thursday 14 December.

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Taster courses are provided by some universities and colleges to let you experience academic and social life on campus, before applying for a place.
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How long do taster courses last?

Taster courses vary in length: some are one-day courses only, whereas others are held over a weekend, or sometimes over a whole week. There are also a number of summer courses available. You'll often have the opportunity to stay overnight on campus, and to meet lecturers and undergraduate students – while finding out what the course really involves.


What should I expect if I go on a taster course?

Most taster courses include lectures, discussions, and tutorial sessions. These give you the chance to meet departmental staff and get hands-on experience of the facilities. This can provide you with important insight into how the university or college works.

Taster courses also allow you to find out about the other side of student life, such as the sports, music, drama and cultural activities, and meet other people who share your interests.


What are the benefits of attending a taster course?

  • You are more likely to choose a course and university to suit your interests and abilities.
  • You can highlight your attendance in your personal statement on your UCAS application.
  • Or you may decide the course or campus is not the one for you, and decide not to apply there.

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