UCAS Undergraduate: parents and guardians

Find advice to help you support your son or daughter throughout the UCAS application cycle, including videos and tips for getting started.
Relevant to
UCAS for parents in under 90 seconds
Helen, a UCAS adviser whose son is making his application to university this year, explains how an open day visit will help your son or daughter choose the right course and gives her tips on how to make the most of the visit.
View more videos
UCAS for parents in under 90 seconds
Helen, a UCAS adviser whose son is making his application to university this year, explains how to find out what it's going to cost.
View more videos
UCAS for parents in under 90 seconds
Helen, a UCAS adviser whose son is making his application to university this year, explains how you can help your son or daughter with their application.
View more videos
UCAS for parents – Clearing
UCAS adviser Helen explains how Clearing can help if your son or daughter doesn't get their results they need to get into their chosen uni.
View more videos
How the application process works
This video explains how your son or daughter applies and makes choices, and how you can help them.
View more videos
How to support your son or daughter
If you're a parent or guardian of someone applying through UCAS, this signed video will help.
View more videos

Parent newsletters – sign up 

Get updates and all the information you need, along with timely explanations of the application process.

Translate our website 

We use BrowseAloud on our site. BrowseAloud can read our web pages to you in your preferred language. You can also choose to simplify our web pages to make them easier to read, as well as magnifying text.

To use the service, select Listen/translate with BrowseAloud at the end of the page. If you’re using an internet browser other than Google Chrome, you’ll need to have Flash installed and enabled to use the software. 

Take a look at our accessibility information for more advice on other features of our website.

What you need to know about the application process

Most courses start in September, and some require applications to be submitted almost a year in advance – unless they’re for part-time courses.

There are a few different stages to the process – and application deadlines vary depending on the course – so the earlier your son or daughter can get started, the better.

We've created an interactive parent information tool to give you advice, hints and tips to help your son or daughter through the application process.

Know your rights!

Choosing the right course at the right university is an important decision for your son or daughter, involving a significant investment of time and money. Did you know that students have specific rights under consumer law? Universities have obligations to provide the information students need to make informed decisions, as well as obligations to treat them fairly during their studies.

To find out more, take a look at the information on our website.

Top 10 tips for your son or daughter

  1. Start research early – there are a lot of higher education options to choose from!
  2. Know the deadlines – for some courses, the application deadline is almost a year in advance of when the course starts.
  3. Browse through courses – so they can work out what they would enjoy or be interested in.
  4. Go to UCAS events and course provider open days – speak to us and higher education staff to get answers to their questions.
  5. Check entry requirements – make sure they can get the grades they need to get a place on a course.
  6. Redraft their personal statement – get plenty of feedback and refine it until they’re happy.
  7. Understand student finance – so they can make the best arrangements to fund their studies. Full-time undergraduate students starting their studies from 1 August 2016 will be eligible for a means tested maintenance loan of up to £8,200, to help with students' living costs. This loan will be paid back in the same way as a tuition fee loan, once they’ve graduated or finished their studies, and are earning over £21,000 a year. Previously, this loan would have taken the form of a non-repayable grant. The maintenance loan is based on your household income, with the maximum loan available if this is less than £25,000. Find out more about changes to maintenance grants and loans.  
  8. Be prepared for results day – make sure they’re prepared for all the possible outcomes.
  9. Understand how Extra and Clearing work – different ways to apply for more courses.
  10. Visit our Facebook and Twitter regularly to get advice and ask questions.