Before applying through UCAS.com, you will need to register.
You will do this at your school or college and you will need to ask your teacher or career advisor for your username and temporary password and most importantly the buzzword. If you’re not attending a school or college, don’t worry, you can self-register yourself.
Below are the steps that you need to take when completing the online UCAS application form:
1. Research, research and research (again)
You will have already been told to do your research on the courses and universities you want to study in, for some people the list can be big for others the list can be quite limited.
Make sure that you save the course that you like using the heart button on the online UCAS course search, this will help you have all your liked searches in one stored area.
2. Start inputting your personal information now!
We recommend that you should start completing your profile around late June beginning of July. This helps you to get the boring part of the application out of the way and it will be ready for you to start applying to universities. There are five sections that you will need to fill in which are:
- Personal information (e.g. school details, support needs etc.);
- Qualifications (ability to add any subjects that you are working towards or have completed already);
- Work history (if you have any work experience or currently have a part time job you can add it here);
- Personal statement (gives you a chance to tell the provider that you are applying to a bit about yourself);
- Contact details (allows you to add your contact details e.g. mobile number and email and keep them up-to-date throughout the application process).
Remember, you must save these sections once you have completed it, otherwise the information that you have inputted will be lost and you will have to start again.
3. Student Finance (UK & EU applicants)
This page might appear if you have answered certain questions from the above category. UCAS doesn’t organise your student finance, but if you need financial support at University (tuition fee loan, maintenance grant/ loan), you can give UCAS permission to share your information with the relevant student finance company. This helps speed up the process of applying and being awarded with your student finance.
4. The Personal Statement
The Personal statement is one of the important elements of your UCAS application, so to give you the best advice, we recommend that you read our dedicated page that will help you to nail the personal statement!
5. Selecting five courses
You’re only allowed to make five applications to five universities. Your five choices could be to the same universities for different courses, or to different institutions for the same course. Download our how to guide on selecting your course and university.
- Make sure that it’s the right course for you!
- Ask yourself whether you can see yourself studying and living in the chosen University?
- Is the student life appealing to you? (Sports Clubs and Societies, town life, facilities).
- Do you like the accommodation?
- Does the University have a range opportunities for you e.g. studying abroad, working in industry?
- Does your course have good graduate prospects?
6. Review your application
It’s so important to check over what you have written and make sure that you’re applying to the right university for the correct course. It’s an easy mistake to put the wrong course code down or to mix up the University of your choice!
7. Ask for a reference and pay your fee
Your application will require a reference from either your teacher, adviser or a professional who knows you academically or professionally. Everybody who applies will require a reference, unless you get permission from your chosen university or college.
If you’re applying to just one university or college the fee will be £13.00. If you’re applying for multiple courses (up to 5) the fee is £24.00. All late applications (after June 30th) are subjected to a £24.00 fee.
You can pay be debit or credit card online.
Check out our Personal Statement Tips