UCAS Application Month
What is UCAS?
- UCAS stand for Universities Colleges Admissions Services
- UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to universities and colleges in the UK
- UCAS is the online admissions service for UK universities and colleges - it is a non-profit organisation and have registered charity status.
- It also works on behalf of the universities, connecting people to higher education
- UCAS process undergraduate applications to full-time courses at UK universities and colleges and some other European countries, and provide a central source of information and advice on higher education.
Who can apply UCAS?
- Any students who is currently still studying or have completed A-Level, STPM, UEC, Foundation, South Australia Matriculation, Western Australia Matriculation, Canadian Pre-University, Diploma and University Degree Year 1 can apply to UCAS.
Opening and closing date for UCAS application?
Upcoming deadline : 15th Jan
- For majority courses EXCEPT medicine, dentistry and veterinary science
- Some course providers do not guarantee to consider applications they receive after this date, and some popular courses may not have vacancies after that date.
Upcoming deadline : 24th March
- Deadline for some art and design courses, except those listed with a 15th Jan deadline.
Upcoming deadline : 30th June
- Deadline for all other available courses by certain providers.
- Applications received after this date will be entered into a process known as Clearing. Students are require to contact universities and colleges directly to see if there are spaces remaining on courses.
Guidance on UCAS Application Flow:
1. Choosing courses
- Explore the options
- Check entry requirements
- Choose up to 5 options to apply to
- Complete application online
- Get a reference
- Submit your application
3. Tracking & Responding
- UCAS sends applications to Universities and colleges for their consideration
- Received offers
- See if the conditions are met and the application is accepted
4. Making Arrangements
- Arrange finances
- Visa application
- Flight arrangement
Guidance on Personal Statement
- It is an important document as the universities and colleges use this to assess whether you are suitable for the course you are applying to, and decide whether to offer you a place.
- Limited amount of characters are allowed - maximum of 4,000 characters, hence keeping everything relevant is important
- Course providers want to know : why you are interested in the course; what you want to do after the course for a career; what skills and experience you have that makes you suitable to study; why you want to study in the UK?
- Always tell the truth and don't copy - UCAS checks all personal statements for plagiarism and reports anyone who copies. Any plagiarised personal statements will directly affect the chances of receiving an offer.
How to utilise the 5 options on UCAS and how IDP can assist with your UCAS application?
- IDP counsellors are well trained and are expert in advising the 5 options after understanding students's expectations and background.
- IDP counsellors are also well trained on completing the UCAS application on behalf of students without making any errors as mistake cannot be rectified after the form has been paid and submitted.
Terms and conditions for UCAS Fees Waiver: ONLY applicable to students who are applying to IDP clients as part of the 5 UCAS options