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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.

Filling in your UCAS Undergraduate application

You make your application in our online system, Apply. You don’t need do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime.
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Watch this video to guide you through how to fill in the education section of Apply.
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This video explains how to fill in your employment details in Apply.
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What do admissions staff look for in an application?
University admissions staff talk about the top things they look for in an application.
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You can only apply once in a cycle. Please don't apply more than once in a cycle, as you can't receive a refund for further applications. If you've applied in previous cycles and want to apply again, you'll have to submit a new application.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to filling in your application – you can find more help text in Apply. You can also download this short guide to  Filling in your UCAS application (1.89 MB).

Before you start your application, here are the top things admissions teams will look for when reviewing your application.

  • Qualifications.
  • Content of written personal statement displaying passion for the subject area, while demonstrating motivation, enthusiasm, and the skills and experiences that will enable you to succeed at university.
  • Quality and content of reference.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the subject discipline.
  • Good attitude to learning and personal development.
  • Ability to articulate yourself fluently and accurately in writing – it is a sign of what's to come for tutors.

1. Register to use Apply

Add some personal details, get a username, create a password and set your security questions. Add the buzzword your school, college or centre gave you too, or if you're applying independently there’ll be a few questions.

Please enter your first name and middle name(s) exactly as they're stated on official documents, such as your passport, birth certificate, or driving licence.

2. Sign in to fill in the rest of your personal details

  • Funding and sponsorship options, residential status, any special needs or impairments, and any criminal convictions.
  • Add your email address – we'll show you how to verify it with us. Then we'll be able to let you know whenever your application is updated online, ready for you to sign in and check.
  • Plus you can give a parent, guardian or adviser nominated access if you'd like them to be able to speak to us on your behalf.

3. Additional info (UK applicants only)

Equality, ethnic origin, national identity, any summer schools/taster courses you attended, care and parental education, and occupational background. These questions aren’t compulsory or used for selection purposes – they’re just helpful for statistics.

4. Student finance (UK and EU applicants only)

This page might appear if certain questions are answered in the ‘personal details’ sections. 

We don’t arrange student finance ourselves, but if you’re looking for financial support, you can give us permission here to share your info with the student loans/awards organisation you apply to – which should speed up the process. 

5. Course choices

You can choose up to five courses (all now or some later). There’s no preference order and your universities/colleges won’t see where else you’ve applied until after you reply to any offers you get.

6. Full education history

You must enter all your qualifications from secondary education onwards – whether you have the result (even any that were ungraded) or you’re still awaiting exams and results. 

For course results you're still waiting for, these are the exam results we're able to process and forward on to unis and colleges. If any of your pending qualifications aren't on here, you still need to add them to your application, but also remember you’ll need to send the results on to your chosen universities and colleges when you get them.

If you studied at a uni or college but didn't finish the course, you still need to enter these details. Include the start and finish date, and state that you didn't receive any qualifications there.

If you are currently studying for a qualification or awaiting results, it is important you make sure your referee adds your predicted grades to your application – some universities and colleges will not consider your application without them.

It's really important you enter the right qualifications on your application – especially if you're taking a vocational qualification, such as a BTEC – as there are a number of different options to choose from in Apply, depending on the size and type of qualification you're taking.

Universities and colleges will use the information you put in your application to make their decisions, so if you're not sure which version of a qualification you're taking, talk to your school or college, or contact us for advice.

7. Your employment history

If you've had any paid jobs – full-time or part-time – here's where you can enter details for up to five of them. Include company names, addresses, job descriptions and start/finish dates.

Mention any unpaid or voluntary work in your personal statement.

8. Write a personal statement

This is your chance to show universities and colleges why you want to study the course and why you'd make a great student. It might take a while until you’re happy with it and you’ve checked it through with teachers, advisers or family, so it’s a good idea to start early.

9. View all the details

See if you need to make any edits, then mark it as complete and save it.

Once you’ve marked all previous sections as complete, you’ll be able to read and agree to the declaration – which allows us to process your info and send it to your chosen universities/colleges. You’ll then be able to move on to the final sections.

10. Then get a reference, pay your application fee and send your application to us

A reference is a written recommendation from a teacher, adviser or professional who knows you academically. Everyone needs a reference, unless you get permission from your chosen universities and colleges. You must have a completed reference on your application before it is sent to us.

The application fee is £13 if you’re applying to just one course, or £24 for multiple courses and for late applications sent after 30 June. 

Trouble paying for your application? We've put together a  handy guide (227.43 KB) to help you. A Welsh version of this guide (227.39 KB) is also available.