The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based charity whose main role is providing the application process for almost all British universities.

Some of UCAS’ services include several online application portals, a number of search tools, and free information and advice aimed at a number of key audiences, such as students considering higher education, students with pending applications to higher education institutes, parents and legal guardians of applicants and pre-applicants, school and Further Education college staff involved in helping students apply, and providers of higher education (universities and HE colleges).

While UCAS is renowned for its undergraduate application service (the main UCAS scheme), it also operates a number of other admissions services:

  • CUKAS (Conservatoires UK Admissions Service) – for performing arts at a UK conservatoire
  • UTT (UCAS Teacher Training) – for postgraduate teacher training schemes
  • UKPASS (UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service) – for some postgraduate courses
  • UCAS Progress – for post-16 education and training

Pupils will start the process of applying in early September for entry to University the following August/September.  The process should be finished by December to allow time for checking of forms before they are sent off.

St Andrew’s High School provides a vast amount of support to our aspiring pupils.  Each pupil has a personal tutor who helps guide them through the whole process, from registering to UCAS right through to the final draft of the application.  The form is checked by tutors and then by the UCAS Coordinator before it is sent off.

Pupils are also encouraged to attend University Open Days and the Higher Convention event.  This event allows pupils to go round all University stalls and ask questions regarding courses, entry requirements and any other question they may have regarding University.

Pupils are directed towards helpful websites, such as, My World of Work, Planit Plus, UCAS and the University website too.  All of the website provide extra support and guidance. Another source of support and guidance is our Careers Officer.  Pupils can self-refer for an appointment or attend a drop in clinic to query anything they wish.

Applying to University or College

UCAS website

UCAS Presentation

UCAS Info Night