UCAS terms explained

Everything You Need To Know Before You Apply To University

Making decisions about which course and university to choose can be a nerve-racking experience. Deciding what to study can shape the rest of your life, so it is essential that you give it lots of thought and get as much advice as you can before applying.

Once you have made your choices, there is still a lot that you need to know about the application process itself. Getting to grips with personal statements, application forms, references and interviews can be as daunting as picking your courses.

This guide to choosing, and applying for courses, will walk you through every step of the application process, from making your picks to starting life at university.

This video will help to explain the UCAS application process:

Step 1: Choosing The Right Course For You

How to choose a course and university that are right for you.

Step 2: Applying For University

A complete guide to the UCAS application process, including advice on writing a UCAS personal statement.

Step 3: Receiving Your Offers

A guide to the different types of offer universities might make and what to do about them

Step 4: Getting Your Results

What you need to do on before and after results day.

Step 5: What Happens Now?

What to do if you didn’t get the grades you expected.

Step 6: Starting University

Hints and tips on preparing yourself for undergraduate life