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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.

The UCAS Undergraduate application process

Everything you and your child 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 child 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 child 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 child 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 child 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.