The parents / carers guide to UCAS

As a parent or carer, you may be keen to support a student with their UCAS application but aren't sure where to start.

The information below should help you navigate the UCAS university process together.

How can you help?

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Research the course

Early research into areas of interest and associated courses will help the student clarify what they want to study. Understanding their career aspirations and what they hope to achieve by going to university will also help guide their journey. The best place to start is by looking at our course webpages. Expected grades are important too, encourage them to check the course entry requirements.

Browse subject areas

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Visit us

Our Open Days are a great opportunity for prospective students to explore the campus and city centre, speak to staff and current students about the courses and facilities on offer, and get answers to their questions.

Book an open day

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Know the key dates

Deadlines for applications vary by institution and course; the UCAS website walks you through deadlines, choosing the right course at the right place, advice on apprenticeships, Clearing and so much more! Why not explore the site together?

 Visit UCAS 

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Understand student finance

UK fee-paying students can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help them fund their studies. Help them understand how much they can get and how to apply by visiting the student finance website.

Student finance

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Ask questions

Encourage the student to talk to us if they need more information, this is a life-changing decision and there are no silly questions! We’re always happy to help. Contact us using our enquiry form.

Get in contact

Why choose us?

Joint Top Modern University
for Career Prospects

Guardian University Guide 2021 and 2022

QS 5 Star Ranking

5 QS Stars
for Teaching and Facilities

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Learning opportunities

Top 5 UK Student City

QS Best Student Cities Index 2023

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