Gap years

Gap years can be used to enhance your CV, travel, learn new skills, and much more. Find out more and get some inspiration here.

UCAS terms explained

We use quite a few terms in the application process. We’ve explained them all here, if you need to check what any mean.

Admissions tests

Some universities require you to sit an admissions test as part of the application process – discover the different types of assessment here.

HE provider good practice briefing for students with care responsibilities

This good practice briefing is written for staff working in universities and colleges and supports the introduction of the new UCAS flag to identify students with caring responsibilities from 2023 entry. We have worked with the Carers Trust to outline the common challenges for these students, share examples of good practice being done around the UK to improve access to and success in higher education, and provide considerations ahead of the new question.

Mature conservatoire students

Every year, thousands of adults go into higher education and many study at a conservatoire. It's a great chance to develop skills and career options.

Foundation degrees

Foundation degrees combine academic and workplace skills. Find out how they work, how much they cost, and how to get a place.

Mature undergraduate students

Every year, thousands of mature students go to university or college. It's a great chance to develop new skills and career options – at any age.

Applying to university as an international student

Discover any information you might need to succeed in applying to UK institutions as an international student. Find advice on visas, English language skills, why you should study in the UK and what your qualifications will mean.

BTEC diplomas

Facts about BTEC diplomas: who they are for, the different types, how they are taught, what you need to get on one, and what you can do afterwards.

Patricka, UK Armed Forces Service leaver

Patricka Brice-Laughton has completed a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) at Wiltshire College & University Centre and is currently in her first year at University of the West of England doing a BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management.

Scottish Highers

Facts about Scottish Highers: subjects and grades, who they are for, and what you can do afterwards.