The parents / carers guide to UCAS

How does UCAS work?

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admission Service, and is an independent charity that provides guidance and services for educational progression. They process applications from the UK, EU and internationally, and pass these applications onto a student’s selected institutions.

The early application deadline to submit up to five choices is 29 January. But don’t panic! If a student misses this date, they can always submit their choices during the late application period, and even amend their existing application in UCAS Extra.

How can you help?



You can support a student by researching courses with them. They might find it helpful to make a list and narrow down their choices. Encourage them to book onto a virtual open day so the student can get a feel for the institution.


Don't Panic

Make sure you carefully check entry requirements and encourage a student to consider applying for a course with requirements similar to their predicted grades.


Stay Positive

If you have any questions and need further help, you can always speak to one of our team, and they’ll be happy to advise you. Send us an enquiry form or use our live chat and ask away!

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