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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds This video is a step by step guide on how to complete an application to university and college. We introduce each section so you can see what’s required. First you need to go to ucas.com to register your details on Apply our online application system.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 seconds You’ll have to create a password

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds and Apply will generate a username. Then you can log in and complete the different sections. The list on the left logs your progress there’ll be green dots next to sections in progress or red ticks where you’ve marked them as complete. Read each section carefully, answer any questions and then mark it as complete. Click on the question marks or on the ‘help’ link to read extra advice.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds To start we’ll ask for details like your email address and what support you might need at university. Don’t tick the criminal convictions box unless you have a criminal conviction that isn’t spent.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds If you’re from the UK, we ask for extra information about your background. In the choices section select the universities and colleges you’ve chosen the courses you’re applying for and when you’d like to start the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 seconds Enter the schools you went to the qualifications you already have and those you’re currently taking. The next section asks about any jobs you’ve had what you did and how long you spent there.

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 seconds The personal statement section is the only part of your application where you can write in your own style. It’s your chance to tell the universities and colleges why they should offer you a place on their course. The last section is your reference if you’re applying through school or college this won’t show up in Apply because it will be arranged for you later but if you’re applying independently you need to fill in your referee’s details here. Click on the link to request a reference and we’ll send an email to your referee with instructions. After entering all your information click on view all details check everything is correct and tick that section as complete.

Skip to 2 minutes and 48 seconds Once that’s done, read and sign the declaration. If you’re paying for your application online and not through a school or college enter your card details. Your application is then sent to us or if you’re applying through school or college it’ll go to your referee first so that they can add the reference. When we receive your application we process it send it online to each university and college you’ve chosen If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for in the help sections of Apply watch our other video guides to see how to complete specific sections and there’s plenty more advice at ucas.com.

The UCAS application process

In this step, we will give you an overview of the UCAS application process.

Wherever you live, whether it’s in the United Kingdom, Europe, or international settings further afield, our online application system is available and easy to use.

This means that you can work on your application whenever you want, wherever you are, on your computer, your tablet, or your phone. And, for peace of mind, we use the very latest security measures to keep your personal details completely safe.

First, watch our video - a guide to Applying. This provides an overview of the UCAS application and the various sections you will need to complete as an applicant.

If you intend to apply and have not already registered, your next step should be to register yourself (as the video shows) on www.ucas.com.

UCAS is there to support you every step of the way

We provide lots of support and will guide you through every step of the higher education application process.

Here are links to some of the most popular sections of our website:


Clearing is how unis and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It’s an ideal way for you to find another course. Students apply to uni through Clearing for a number of reasons:

  • If you miss the June 30th deadline to apply to uni
  • you may want to change your course or university after you’ve applied
  • if on results day, your grades aren’t what you expect, and don’t meet the entry requirements for your offers
  • your results are better than you expect.

Support and advice is on hand to find suitable alternatives: Every year, UCAS advisers help tens of thousands of students to find alternative courses or subjects through ‘UCAS Clearing’, which in simple terms, matches students without uni places to courses with vacancies. Course vacancies are updated on a daily basis throughout Clearing, and are listed on the UCAS search tool from July to September.

In the next step we will hear from university admissions teams with some answers to questions you might have.

Below are some really useful sources of information and support to help you plan and make your applications when you’re ready. In the meantime, it’s really worth registering to get regular updates from UCAS – just click here to receive:

  • A newsletter to stay on top of all the information you’ll need, and to make sure you’ll never miss a deadline! Each month, we’ll send you tips for applying, keeping track of your application, and useful advice on tricky sections, like how to write your personal statement.
  • Download our free news app for regular updates about the application process, alongside info about unusual careers and how to get into them, interesting features on a wide (and eclectic) range of topics, insider info on student life, and notifications of upcoming events.

  • In addition, you can get in touch with UCAS advisers on Facebook or Twitter and they’ll do their best to help.

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