Applying for university

All students make their applications to university or college through an online system called UCAS.

As a parent/carer you don’t need to provide anything to UCAS as part of the application. However, UCAS provide lots of helpful information for parents & carers, including a newsletter and magazine.

Students can choose up to five courses for most subjects. These can be to five different universities or to the same university on a different course. When your child presses ‘send’ on their application, it is first sent to their school or college, not directly to UCAS. There are several sections for the school to complete, such as references, so it is important not to leave applications to the last minute.

Find out how UCAS works