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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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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.

Why choose higher education?

Going to university is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet new people, and enjoy new experiences. This page contains the key information you need to decide whether university is right for you.
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What's it all about?

University isn't just about learning, the experience will enrich your life. You will:

  • increase your knowledge – study what you love, you’re interested in and with the top experts in their fields  
  • get your first true taste of independence and freedom, build self-confidence, experience all aspects of student life, broaden your horizons and meet new people
  • gain a qualification that’s internationally recognised - UK higher education qualifications are recognised and respected by employers and academics worldwide
  • develop the essential skills you’ll need in your career and working life – communication, organisation, time management, team work, leadership, problem-solving
  • increase your earning potential – having a degree makes you more attractive to employers, you’ll have a greater choice of jobs and you’ll earn more. The average salary for graduates is 30% higher than for non-graduates aged 25-30. In 2013–14 , 90% of all graduates were in work or further study within six months of leaving university
  • experience student life – yes, you’re expected to work hard but uni is also fun. Whatever your interests, there are a huge range of clubs, societies and a diverse social life on offer 

Choose from more than 50,000 courses in over 25 subject areas

  • You can focus on subjects you've studied at school, extending and deepening your knowledge in a subject you have a passion for, or a career you're aiming for.
  • Some subjects will be new to you and could be your new passion. Many courses offer opportunities to combine subjects to suit your interests and preferences. 
  • Find out more about the types of courses available.

What you end up valuing the most may be a lot more than your course and you can make friends for life