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UCAS: The application Portal

UCAS, Universities and Colleges Admission Services is a private limited company that provides educational support services based in Gloucestershire, England. The primary role is to operate the application process for British universities and colleges.

UCAS: The application Portal provides services that include several application portals, several search tools, advice to students considering higher education, pending applications to higher education institutes, parents and legal guardians of applicants, and additional education staff involved in helping students apply and providers of higher education.

UCAS: The application Portal
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Main Undergraduate Scheme

Most students who plan to study for an undergraduate degree in the UK use the UCAS services for both home and international students. Students must submit a single application via UCAS online application service. The application is then moved forward to the universities to which students apply. Applicants can also find out about rejection through UCAS Track.

Postgraduate admissions scheme

This scheme was introduced to offer students access to over 20,000 courses at 18 participating colleges and universities in England, Scotland, and Wales, leading to various qualifications - MBA, MA, MSC, and LLM.

UTT - Postgraduate Teacher Training

It is an application service for postgraduates that want to become teachers. It leads to a PGEC Qualification, which lasts for one academic year, either university/college-taught or school-based.

There are two offers to apply for the program:

  1. Apply 1 opens on 21 November each year

  2. Apply two spreads on 2 January each year.

UCAS Progress- post-16 education and training admissions scheme

UCAS has launched this scheme, enabling GSCE students to search and apply for post-16 work and education-based training courses, which include academic and vocational courses and Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs.

Steps to apply to UCAS Conservatories:

1. Register with UCAS Application Portal

Register in the UCAS Hub and complete the beginning questions, like in which year you want to get in and other relatable questions. Then it will take you to your UCAS Hub dashboard, where you'll see a tile called 'Your application.' Simply click 'Start' to begin your application.

Ensure all the details are filled in correctly, especially the name, according to your official documents.

(You may apply in Welsh as well as in European Characters.)

Register with UCAS Application Portal

2. Complete your details

  • You must complete all required questions (you don't have to do them all at once. You may save your progress), and you can't skip any sections.

  • Ensure your email address is up-to-date so you don't miss any critical updates.

  • It will ask for your residency status. If you are from outside the UK, visit the UKCISA website for detailed information.

  • It may ask questions about your family background, but those are not mandatory.

  • UCAS only manages the application fees of the universities. Find out more about funding and finance about the university costs here.

Complete your details

3. Add your education history.

You must enter all your qualifications from secondary onwards, even ungraded or still awaiting the results.

If you are waiting for results, remember to send them after you get them.

If you are currently studying for a qualification or awaiting results, add your grades to your application, as some colleges will not consider your application without them.

Add your education history.

4. Complete your employment history.

If you have ever done a half or full-time job, enter all the details with the complete address of the organization with the job description.

And if not, then leave it and mark it complete.

If you have done unpaid or voluntary work, mention it in your statement.

5. Select your course choice.

You can choose up to five courses (some later also). There is no preference, and the university where you have applied will see it once you reply to any offers you get.

You can apply to four courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and veterinary science.

Also, check out all the detail to select your course choice.

6. Write a Personal Statement

This part defines your style - here, you will write to tell the university why you would like to study with them, longing at least 1,000 characters but up to 4,000.

This application part doesn't have a spell check.

Write a Personal Statement

7. Submit your application

Once you complete your application, it will show your whole application. Before agreeing to the declaration, ensure to review and make edits.

Further, it will take your process to the chosen university/college.

8. Get a reference, send the application fee, and send your application to UCAS.

It would be best if you got a reference to ensure your application is submitted.

The application fee for 2023 entry is £22.50 for a single choice or £27 for more than one choice. ​

For 2024 entry, the application fee is £27.50 for up to five choices (no single-choice fee).

There's a guide on References for UCAS Undergraduate Applications and paying for the application, a handy guide to help you.


UCAS is a support system for applying to UK universities with over a thousand courses. There is proper guidance till your application process gets submitted with varied offers from the university.

We know and understand that the application process can be overwhelming, so we are here for you. The study abroad experts at Hello Study Global are there for you every step of the way. From preparing for entrance exams to college applications, we will guide you to success.

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