Who are UCAS?

There can often be confusion around who UCAS are and how they are involved in the university application process, so let’s debunk a few myths and answer some of the most common questions asked about them!

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Who are UCAS?

UCAS stands for the University and Colleges Admissions Service, and was formed in 1993. 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 your selected institutions.

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Does it cost me anything?

Yes, there is a fee to submit your UCAS application. It currently costs £20 for one university choice and £25 for up to five choices.

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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 referee for your reference to be added. 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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