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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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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.

Thinking about university?

Check out uni course entry requirements now, to see how the subjects and qualifications you choose now will affect the courses open to you later.
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Where to start?

If you have any ideas about HE courses you might want to study, it’s worth doing a bit of research now.

  • Check entry requirements for any courses you're thinking about – these may mention particular subjects or qualifications you'll need, as well as any grades you'll need to get.
  • Universities and colleges may also list entry requirements using Tariff points. You can find out more about Tariff here.
  • Compare course content – even courses with identical titles can vary, so if you’ve got an idea of what you'd like to study, compare the details by browsing subjects in the UCAS undergraduate search tool or the university's own website.  
Don’t worry – you don’t need to decide now! University choices and applications are usually started in year 12 or year 13. Your school or college will tell you about it. In the meantime you can also find details about what’s involved and how it all works on ucas.com.  

Some basics

  • You’ll need GCSE maths and English, as whatever course you choose, you'll be expected to have these qualifications or their equivalent.
  • Think about going to open days and events. Don’t be shy, contact universities directly and ask questions.
  • There are a number of different pathways available to you and there are many different types of qualification you can take, including A levels, Cambridge technicalsInternational Baccalaureate and Cambridge Pre-Us. Remember look at the details of any courses you want to study to check if there are any particular qualifications you'll need.