What is UCAS?

If you’re unsure of what UCAS is and how it's involved in the application process, we’ve answered some of the most common questions asked about it!

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What is UCAS?

UCAS is an organisation whose main role is to manage applications to undergraduate courses at UK universities. UCAS stands for the University and Colleges Admissions Service, and was formed in 1993. It provides 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 your selected institutions.

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Does it cost me anything?

Yes, there is a fee of £27.50 to submit your UCAS application.

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Does UCAS help me make my choices?

UCAS has a useful search function which allows you to select and compare the courses you’re interested in, based on filters you select.

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So, what do I need to do?

The application process itself is relatively easy. You simply register, select your choices, enter educational and employment information, include your personal statement and pass to your tutor for your reference to be added and sent to UCAS. It's then all down to UCAS to send this out to your chosen university options and the waiting game begins until the offers come flooding in!

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