UCAS - The Complete Guide
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities. To apply for a UK University you will need to apply through UCAS.
All students planning to study for an undergraduate degree in the UK must apply through the Official UCAS Website, including home students (generally British and EU students) and international students (non-EU). The UCAS application procedure is as follows:
1) Register and fill in personal details
2) Additional information (UK applicants only)
3) Student finance (UK and EU applicants only)
4) Course choices – You can choose up to five courses to apply to, in no order of preference.
5) Full education history
6) Employment history
7) Write a personal statement
8) View all the details
9) Get a reference, pay your application fees and submit the application
The fee is £18 if you’re applying for just one course, or £24 for multiple courses, and for late applications sent after 30 June. If you are applying for a course(s) that starts in 2020, the application fee is £20 if you’re applying to just one course, or £25 for multiple courses and for late applications sent after 30 June 2020.
For courses in 2020, the deadline is as follows:
– 15 October 2019 at 6pm (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry.
– 15 January 2019 at 6pm (UK time) – for the most of the other courses
Universities and colleges use clearings to fill up places they still have on their courses. How it works: You find courses with vacancies that interest you, and contact universities or colleges directly, to see if they will offer you a place. UCAS clearing guidelines can be found on the official UCAS website.
You would probably be anxious to know how your application went after you’ve applied for a course. Fret not– You can track your application progress here: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/track-your-ucas-application
If on results day things turn out well and you’ve received offers, you still can apply for other courses via the UCAS adjustment service. For more information, visit here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/results/ucas-adjustment-if-youve-done-better-expected
Using the course finder on the UCAS website, you can find suitable courses or universities to to apply to: https://digital.ucas.com/search
Some colleges and universities use UCAS points in their entry requirements, so you might need to know how many points your qualifications are worth. Be sure to check the entry requirements of each university you wish to enter. Note: Not all universities and colleges use the Tariff – many use qualifications and grades instead.
You can use the UCAS Tariff point calculator learn more and find out how many points you have.
The UCAS personal statement is a requirement which supports you application to the universities or colleges. It’s for you to share why you’d like to study a particular course or subject, showcase your skills, experience as well as passion for your chosen field. You can get more tips on writing a personal statement here: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement
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