UCAS has 372 member institutions, and 37,000 courses to choose from! Once you’ve decided what you want to study and where, you can start filling in the UCAS application form which has the following sections:
- Personal Details
- Additional Information
- Student Finance
- Five Choices (institutions and courses)
- Personal Statement
- Deferred Entry
Sometimes you will need to provide further evidence of your suitability for the course, such as a portfolio, essay, written work, interview, admissions test etc. UCAS Apply will let you know what is required.
Although BTECs are widely accepted by many universities, there are a handful of universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College, London and the LSE who do not offer places to students studying BTECs.
The process is a bit different. You will need to register with UCAS in early September, and give details of your proposed referee.
Once UCAS has your application all you can do is wait to hear back. There are three responses:
- Offer – conditional (you must get certain grades on results day in order to be accepted)
- Offer – unconditional (whatever grades you get your place is guaranteed)
When you hear back from all the universities you applied to, you must choose one ‘Firm’ choice with higher grade requirements at your first-choice, and one ‘Insurance’ choice with lower grade requirements.
If you don’t get any offers at all you can go through what is known as UCAS Extra.