'Applying to study an undergraduate course in the UK is much simpler with UCAS. You can apply online and choose up to five different courses at the same time. All UCAS institutions and courses are recognised by the UK government, so you can be sure you’re making the right choice for your UK education.'
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a centralised application process for UK undergraduate study. It makes applying for full-time undergraduate degree courses and Higher National Dipomas (HNDs) straightforward and easy to understand.
All UCAS institutions are recognised by the UK government or offer courses that are validated by UK government-recognised universities. When you apply through UCAS you can:
- make up to five choices at once on one application
- apply to a wide range of different courses and institutions
- apply online using UCAS Apply
- track the progress of your applications.
Online applications with UCAS Apply
Most UCAS applications are made using an online system called Apply. When you choose a course and select ‘Apply online’ in the course finder, you will be taken through to the UCAS Apply website. You can also use Apply independently or through a school, college or other organisation registered with UCAS.
Using UCAS Apply offers many benefits:
- automatic checks ensure accurate applications; common mistakes, such as an invalid date of birth or an invalid course code, are eliminated
- corrections can be made at any time before sending the application
- ‘view all details’ lets you see how your application will look when UCAS sends it to the universities and colleges you have chosen
- you can monitor your progress, change your contact details and accept or decline offers online using ‘Track’.
You can find out more about UCAS online applications at the UCAS Apply website.
Preparing your UCAS application
You can apply for up to five UK courses in a single UCAS application (two different courses at the same institution count as two choices). If you apply for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science/medicine courses, you can only enter four choices (plus one other choice in a different subject).
The current application fee is £9 for a single choice and £19 for up to five. Only one UCAS application can be submitted in each application cycle.
You do not have to apply for all your choices at the same time. Further choices can be added as long as you have not used up all your choices and have not accepted a place.
You can find video guides to help you prepare your application on the UCAS TV website.
Dates for your UCAS application
There are three deadlines for course applications through UCAS:
For UK courses that start between January and May, you may need to apply before these deadlines as the universities and colleges will need time to consider your application. The ‘course details’ page in the course finder will tell you when the start date is.
Although some UK institutions will be happy to receive applications right up to the start of the course, you are advised to send your application early. There is no guarantee that applications received after 15 January will be considered, and some popular courses may not have vacancies after this date.
You can search for courses and apply online using the course finder.