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You get to our website and you’re not sure where to go next. Sound familiar? This tool will signpost you to relevant information – find out what it’s like to study at a 6th form, college, university or conservatoire and what other options are available, work out which application to complete for the courses you’re interested in, or get help on what you need to be thinking about and how to contact us if you need us.


Is uni for you?


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We’re here to help you through the application process – there’s loads of information on our website and we’re at the end of the phone, a Facebook post or a Tweet if you need to talk to us. Deciding to go to uni can be a tough decision, so we’ll give you all the info you need to make the right choice for you.

Undergraduate higher education is a world of fascinating subjects that help you reach new careers and higher earnings. Many students continue into higher education after completing further education qualifications like A levels or foundation degrees. With a huge range of courses available, it’s important to do your research to find the perfect course for you.

· I’m thinking about going to uni
· I’m not sure what to study
· What about the social side of it?
· The uni experience
If you don’t think uni is for you, there is still a wide range of options available. A popular option is to take a gap year and travel the world. Alternatively, you could do an apprenticeship, which gives you a salary whilst gaining a qualification. If you fancy a warmer climate but want to get on with your studies, why not study abroad? Then there’s the option to go straight into the world of work. The choice is yours!

· I’m interested in apprenticeships and traineeships
· I’d like to take a gap year
· I want to study overseas
Going to uni is a big investment which can be a bit off-putting. If you’re not sure how to pay for uni, or how you’ll cope during your studies, don’t worry – there’s a wide range of finance and support available to help you.

· What are student loans and how do they work?
· How do I make sure I have enough money?
· Can I work part-time to help pay for uni?

Which application do I need to complete?


UCAS runs a number of different schemes for applications to different higher education paths. These are the main UCAS undergraduate route; UCAS conservatoires for performance-related courses, such as music, dance and drama; UCAS Teacher Training for those interested in becoming teachers; and UKPASS, our postgraduate application service.

Select the subject you want to study and the level you want to study it at from the drop-down boxes below to find out which scheme best suits your desired career path.

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We’re here to help you through the application process – there’s loads of information on our website and we’re at the end of the phone, a Facebook post or a Tweet if you need to talk to us. You may have heard of UCAS but might not know exactly what it is we do or how we can help you. Read on to find out!

UCAS stands for the ‘Universities and Colleges Admissions Service’. In a nutshell, we are the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Our aim is to help students make informed choices that are right for them; guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process.

· Who are we and what do we do?
· What other services do we offer?
· What do we do now and what will we do next?
You’ll need to apply online through our website. Some courses require applications almost a year in advance of the start date, so it’s worth doing your research and getting started early. You’ll need to fill in a few details – like how we can get in touch to tell you how your application’s getting on – pop in your personal statement, and then you can enter your course choices. We’ll do the rest!

· How do I fill in my application?
· What is a personal statement?
· When do I need to apply?
If you have any questions or want us to clarify anything for you, just get in touch. We’d love to hear from you! You can talk to us on social media or call us for a response on the spot. We take your security very seriously, so to process any changes to your application, we’ll need to talk to you on the phone.

· The answer to your question might be in one of our videos
· What number do I call?
· How do I find UCAS on social media?

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What's this about?

We’re here to help you through the application process – there’s loads of information on our website and we’re at the end of the phone, a Facebook post or a Tweet if you need to talk to us. Tell us who you are and we’ll point you in the right direction of all the tailored information, guidance and advice we have to help you.

Our ‘Getting started’ section will provide you with all the information you need to know both before you apply, and throughout the application process. If you’re undecided about applying to university, the information here should answer any questions you may have and help to guide you in the right direction.

· Getting started
· I’m thinking about applying. What are my options?
· When do I need to apply?
It’s important that you understand the application process so you know what your son or daughter is going through, what they’ll be facing next and what support you’ll need to give them at each stage. But don’t worry, you’re not on your own! We’re here to give you information and practical advice when you need it. If you have any questions that you can’t find the answer to on our website, get in touch!

· Sign up for our monthly parent newsletter
· What is the application process?
· Top 10 tips for your son or daughter
We help you support students moving into higher education. If you’re new to UCAS, you’ll need to make sure your school or college registers as a UCAS centre. This will allow your students to make their applications through you. You’ll then get our monthly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, with all the latest news and updates you’ll need to be aware of, along with access to useful resources to share with your students.

· Where do I start?
· What resources are available to help me?
· What kind of training is available?
We’ll help you understand and facilitate admissions to your university or college. We have a dedicated higher education provider (HEP) team on hand to be your first port of call for any operational queries or requests. We’ll also send you a weekly bulletin with all the latest news and updates you’ll need to be aware of, as well as reminders of systems updates you’ll need to carry out.

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· What training can we offer you?
· What products and systems will you need to use?
If you have been asked to provide a reference for an applicant to higher education, we can guide you through the process. The reference is a very important part of an application, and as such there are strict limitations to adhere to. It’s important you familiarise yourself with the guidance on our website. There are different types of references for different schemes, so make sure you’re looking at the right section of our website!

· How do I write a reference?
· Undergraduate references
· UCAS Conservatoires references
· UCAS Teacher Training references
· UKPASS postgraduate references
Higher education can be a confusing concept no matter who you are. At UCAS, we’re here to guide you in the right direction and give you all the information and advice you need, when you need it. Take a look at the links below to find out more. If you’re still not sure, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

· What is UCAS?
· Applying to university or college
· Contact us