UCAS Undergraduate: advice for parents and guardians

We’ve got lots of resources and information dedicated to helping parents and guardians support students applying to uni.

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Parents' guide to how the application process works

This video explains how students apply and make choices, and how you can help them.

Guides to help you

Do you have limited internet access?

You can download and print our  PDF guide to the application form (1.62 MB),  to see what’s required for the application process – including help text. But, we do not accept paper applications.

Important – students will still need to register and complete their application online

Parents' guide to applying to university and college – signed video

If you're a parent or guardian of someone applying through UCAS, this signed video explains how to best support them.

What you need to know about the application process

We know parents have lots of questions about how coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the application process and university life. We held a Facebook live with a panel of experts on 30 April, which you can playback.

Watch our parents Facebook live

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 application process – and deadlines vary depending on the course – so the earlier the application is started, the better.

We've created a handy tool to guide you through the application process, so you can stay up-to-date with what applicants need to do when. It contains links to useful pages of the website, which you can share to point students in the right direction.

Go to the parent information tool 

New for 2020 –we’ve created an online Clearing guide just for parents, to share what you can expect and ensure you’re able to give informed support throughout the process.

Clearing guide for parents

UCAS for parents in under 90 seconds: Open days

Helen, a UCAS adviser whose son is making his application to university this year, explains how an open day visit will help your child choose the right course, and gives her tips on how to make the most of the visit.

Know your rights!

Choosing the right course at the right university is an important decision, 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.

Find out more

Parents' guide to Clearing

UCAS adviser, Helen, explains how Clearing can help if your child doesn't get the results they need to get into their chosen uni.

Top ten tips

  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. 
  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.