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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.

Open events

Open days give the perfect opportunity to find out more about your preferred course. Read our top tips to get the most from the day.
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Your guide to planning an open day visit
Are you trying to decide which college or sixth form to go to? Have you thought about visiting an open day? Hear what students have to say about them, find out what to wear, what to ask, and if you need to take your parents or guardians.
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 It's a good idea to visit a few open days so you can compare them to see which feels right for you.

What you can do at an open day

  • Have your questions answered by academic tutors and current students.
  • Get the low down on student life from student ambassadors.
  • Learn about how you can receive support.
  • Find out how to finance your studies.
  • View student work and demonstrations.
  • Take part in workshops and activities.
  • Tour the facilities and see where you could be studying.

Top tips

  • Use the college's website to do some research before you go. Look through the courses they offer to make sure they have what you want. Look out for extra information, such as the units you could be studying and whether you will be assessed by exams, coursework, or both.
  • Many colleges have more than one campus. Make sure you know what subjects you can study at each location before you go to an open day. Work out how you are going to get there and if necessary, where you can park.
  • You can go to an open day with your parents, on your own, or with a friend. Try to avoid going with a big group, as the chances are you will all want to look at something different, so you might not get all the information you need.
  • Check if you need to book before you go, or if you can register when you get there. It might save time when you arrive if you have already registered.
  • It's important to look where you'll be studying, but also make sure you speak to people about travel, study support, bursaries, and child care, if you need it. These services are usually called 'student support'.
  • Don't worry about being nervous – everyone else is in the same position as you!
  • Most colleges won't mind what you wear to an open day, but you'll want to make a good impression.

Most colleges have open events, but some also run taster days and summer schools where you can spend longer with tutors and other students to work out if the course is right for you.

Make the most of these opportunities – they could save you from making a choice that isn't right for you!