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Overview of the UCAS website

The UCAS website contains a wealth of useful information, features, and tools.

In this step, the video will take you through using the search tool with an example of a young woman in India researching study opportunities in the UK.

We will go on to use the search tool in subsequent steps and activities. We’ll also be looking at the application process in more depth next week. Get started by watching the video.

Note this video has no voice-over – you can download an English transcript at the bottom of this page

The search tool is best known, and used daily by thousands of students and advisers. It is a comprehensive database of over 50,000 higher education courses available at over 380 universities and colleges. It has information about individual universities and colleges, including a map showing where they are, as well as details of the courses they offer.

Applicants can search courses using keywords, then sort results by university or college, and filter by location and full-time, part-time or distance learning. There’s also a ‘browse subjects’ search for those who want to search by subject categories, and then further refine their search by subjects, subject combinations and location.

You may also find it useful to start with the UCAS Subject guides, which include information about the main subject areas and links to course listings available within each subject.

In the next step we will look in more detail at using UCAS’ course search, so you can go on to find some courses which might suit you.


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Smart Choices: Broadening Your Horizons