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Availability of Apply and Track: 25 – 26 August

We are carrying out planned maintenance on Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August. This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Friday 25 August
  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 26 August
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 26 August
Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 26 August.
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Adding a Clearing choice in Track

Only add a Clearing choice if a university or college has given you permission to add their course, and you want to accept it. If you add a Clearing choice without discussing it with the uni or college, this may delay the progress of your application – read our Clearing advice.

The UCAS Undergraduate application process

Everything you and your son or daughter need to know is explained across the UCAS website, but here we highlight the most important things to consider.
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How it all works

The homepage will show you the four sections of applying to be an undergraduate student. Whenever there are any key messages – such as an upcoming deadline – these will be displayed in the text across the main image, so it’s worth checking back with us regularly. Our newsletters will keep you up-to-date as well.

The Getting started area will explain the various things your son or daughter needs to know to make a fully informed decision about their future.
  • Firstly deciding what type of undergraduate course to study.
  • The main application deadlines are in October, January, and March, depending on the course.
  • Up to five courses can be chosen, to increase the chance of getting a place.
The Find a course area is where in-depth information is listed about undergraduate courses.
  • How to choose between similar courses and course providers.
  • What the entry requirements and course fees are for each course.
  • When the application deadline is for each course.
The Apply and Track area explains how to complete an application and how to track its progress.
  • What information will need to be provided.
  • How to write a personal statement.
  • How to respond to offers, and what to do with exam results.
The Finance and support area explores student finance and the support available for any individual needs they may have.
  • How, where, and when to apply for a student loan.
  • What further financial support is available.
  • Support on campus and accessibility.
  • Specific money advice for parents – preparing your son or daughter for student life, helping them manage their money, and understanding student finance.

Where to find everything you need

You’ll see other types of education applications across the tabs at the top of the homepage.
  • UCAS Conservatoires is where your son or daughter could apply for performance based music, dance, screen, or drama courses at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, while UCAS Teacher Training and UCAS Postgraduate are both postgraduate level application services.
  • Your son or daughter may be interested in these at some point, but please ensure they submit an undergraduate application in the UCAS Undergraduate area of the website, as they’re all different systems.