Applying through UCAS

Need some help with your UCAS application? We’ve got you. We know Clearing can be a stressful time, so we’ve put together information on everything you need to know so you can submit your offer smoothly.

Who are UCAS?

UCAS stands for the University and Colleges Admissions Service, and their main role is to manage applications to undergraduate courses at UK universities. They provide a central service between applicants and universities. All applications for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK must be submitted via UCAS, who, in turn, pass them on to the selected universities.

You can apply through Clearing if:

  • you’ve changed your mind about what or where you want to study
  • you haven’t applied for university yet, and you don’t want to wait another year
  • you didn’t get the grades for your chosen university
  • you did better than expected and want to apply for a different university or degree.

If you haven’t already applied to university, you’ll need to register with UCAS. Once you’ve registered and completed all mandatory details, you’ll be able to fill out your application. Make sure you do this as soon as possible, so you don’t miss out on available courses.

You should then review universities and courses that interest you and make a shortlist. Contact the universities on your shortlist and see if they can make you an offer. Here at Coventry, we can adapt our offer to fit around you and your circumstances.

What happens once I’ve secured an offer?

When a university makes you an offer through Clearing, ask for written confirmation and ask them to confirm how long your offer stands for.

Most universities allow a 12-48-hour timeframe in which to formally accept your Clearing offer, giving you a bit of time to shop around and make sure you’re accepting the right offer for you.

Next, it’s time to accept your offer on UCAS.

You need to log into your UCAS Track account, where you’ll see your offer. You can now accept! You can only accept one offer in UCAS Track, so make sure you’re happy with your choice before taking the plunge.

Do I need to send proof of my qualifications?

If you applied through UCAS, they will send your chosen university your qualifications as soon as they’re available. If we don’t receive your results from UCAS, we’ll contact you so you can send them to us directly.

What next?

Once you’ve accepted your offer, it’s time to start thinking about financing your degree. If you’re studying away from home, you’ll also need to think about your accommodation options

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