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About UK University Application

Understand the UK University Application Process

Learn more about the UCAS portal.

What is UCAS?

The Portal to Your UK University Education

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based organisation who is responsible for operating and managing the application process for higher education courses in the UK. Most university courses are applicable through the UCAS portal but there are a select few courses within each university which require direct applications to the university itself.

According to the British Council, the U.K. undertakes 5% of the world’s scientific research and produces 14% of the world’s most frequently cited papers. Academically focused students will benefit from the rigorous, fast-paced curriculum in top UK Universities , which allows for many degrees to be completed in 3 years.

With a limit of five universities per admission cycle, applying to universities in the United Kingdom requires careful thought and selection. Our consultants have deep expertise and experience in UK university admissions and have guided students to obtain admission at all top UK institutions.

Check Which Courses are on UCAS

UCAS Courses

Who uses the UCAS Application?

  • There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses at more than 395 providers in the UK, so it’s important you do your research. What would you like to study? Would you prefer to study in central London? These are some important questions you have to ask yourself.
  • Choose a subject – the important thing is to choose a subject you enjoy that will help you reach your goals. Think about what you’re aiming to get out of the course – career progression, career change, or the chance to study a subject you love in more depth.
  • Look at the UCAS subject guides to understand what the different subject areas have to offer – including graduate destinations, entry requirements, and personal statement tips.
  • Browse the UCAS search tool for inspiration on the types of courses you can study – don’t forget to use the subject filters to narrow your search.

Complete List of UCAS Courses

What is Required on the UCAS Application

Commence Your University Application

Create an Account to Start Your Application

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  1. Go to UCAS Application Portal to Register for the new admissions intake.
  2. Input your personal information for your account. Use your legal name as it appears on official school documents to allow colleges to match these documents with your application accurately.
  3. Choose your courses in the universities that you wish to apply to.
  4. Input your full education history. These are your official exam results. If you are waiting for any course results, you can still include these subjects but remember to send the results to your chosen universities or colleges when you get them.
  5. Input any previous employment history (if any).
  6. Write a personal statement. This is crucial to show universities and colleges why you are a remarkable applicant.
  7. Review and check all relevant details.
  8. Get a reference from a teacher, advisor or professional who has knowledge of your academic achievements.
  9. Make payments for your application and send it in through the UCAS portal.

Documents Required

High school transcripts

List of extracurricular activities

Entrance exam test scores and dates

Legal guardian information

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Presenting Yourself as the Ideal Candidate

The Importance of Profiling

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What do UK admissions officers look out for?

  • Sustained academic interest in the subject that you are applying for
  • Less emphasised: involvement in extracurricular activities
  • U.K. admissions officers, in contrast with those of U.S., are markedly less interested in your extracurricular activities. They are searching for candidates who are passionate about their intended subjects of major and who can prove that they are capable of sustaining a rigorous academic workload.

Your Personal Statement

The two questions you have to bear in mind, when writing your UCAS personal statement, are:

(1) Why you are applying

(2) What makes you suitable.

 

The bulk of your personal statement should be devoted to discussing your interest in the course that you intend to read. To convince admissions officers about your interest in the course, you can rely on some of the following:

(1) A book or books that you have read

(2) An internship or work experience related to your intended course of studies

(3) Specific details about the course that fascinate you.

 

A small part of your personal statement should be devoted to your extracurricular activities. All the better if your extracurricular activities are relevant to your intended course of studies. For instance, being in the debating team would help in sharpening your argumentative ability, which would in turn aid you in a law degree. However, you don’t have to fret even if your extracurricular activities are not relevant to your course of studies. The most important thing is to highlight crucial skills that you have picked up through your extracurricular activities.

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Take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding the UK Uni Application Process.

FAQs

FAQs about UK University Admissions

How many characters am I allowed for the UCAS essay?
You are entitled to 4000 characters of text and 47 line limits.

For more information about the UCAS portal, click here.
How many universities can one apply to in a given cycle?
For most subjects, you can apply to five courses. You are only entitled to write one UCAS essay, which will be sent to all the universities of your choice. However, you can only apply to a maximum of four courses in any one of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Veterinary Medicine.

For more information about the UCAS portal, click here.
What are some of the requirements for my UCAS submission?
To see the requirements on the UCAS portal, please click here.
Oxford or Cambridge?
Both universities are equally reputable and there is no easy way of ranking one above the other. However, there are several factors you could think about:

1) Subject Choice - some courses are available at Oxford but not Cambridge, and vice versa. PPE is one such example. In contrast to Oxford, which does not offer a stand-alone Economics course, Cambridge does.
2) Location and Colleges - Cambridge's colleges are comparatively larger in size. This typically means that students don't have to move out of college grounds. In contrast, it is common practice for Oxford students to move out of their college accommodation after their first year.
What are some areas that admissions officers pay attention to in my application?
There are academic attributes of your application that admissions officers use as a gauge to determine how you fare against other applicants.

To find out more about what elements you should heighten in your profile, click here.

UCAS

Learn more about the UCAS portal.

What is UCAS?

The Portal to Your UK University Education

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK-based organisation who is responsible for operating and managing the application process for higher education courses in the UK. Most university courses are applicable through the UCAS portal but there are a select few courses within each university which require direct applications to the university itself.

According to the British Council, the U.K. undertakes 5% of the world’s scientific research and produces 14% of the world’s most frequently cited papers. Academically focused students will benefit from the rigorous, fast-paced curriculum in top UK Universities , which allows for many degrees to be completed in 3 years.

With a limit of five universities per admission cycle, applying to universities in the United Kingdom requires careful thought and selection. Our consultants have deep expertise and experience in UK university admissions and have guided students to obtain admission at all top UK institutions.

Check Which Courses are on UCAS

UCAS Courses

Who uses the UCAS Application?

  • There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses at more than 395 providers in the UK, so it’s important you do your research. What would you like to study? Would you prefer to study in central London? These are some important questions you have to ask yourself.
  • Choose a subject – the important thing is to choose a subject you enjoy that will help you reach your goals. Think about what you’re aiming to get out of the course – career progression, career change, or the chance to study a subject you love in more depth.
  • Look at the UCAS subject guides to understand what the different subject areas have to offer – including graduate destinations, entry requirements, and personal statement tips.
  • Browse the UCAS search tool for inspiration on the types of courses you can study – don’t forget to use the subject filters to narrow your search.

Complete List of UCAS Courses

Application

What is Required on the UCAS Application

Commence Your University Application

Create an Account to Start Your Application

create-account
  1. Go to UCAS Application Portal to Register for the new admissions intake.
  2. Input your personal information for your account. Use your legal name as it appears on official school documents to allow colleges to match these documents with your application accurately.
  3. Choose your courses in the universities that you wish to apply to.
  4. Input your full education history. These are your official exam results. If you are waiting for any course results, you can still include these subjects but remember to send the results to your chosen universities or colleges when you get them.
  5. Input any previous employment history (if any).
  6. Write a personal statement. This is crucial to show universities and colleges why you are a remarkable applicant.
  7. Review and check all relevant details.
  8. Get a reference from a teacher, advisor or professional who has knowledge of your academic achievements.
  9. Make payments for your application and send it in through the UCAS portal.

Documents Required

High school transcripts

List of extracurricular activities

Entrance exam test scores and dates

Legal guardian information

documents-icon
Profiling

Presenting Yourself as the Ideal Candidate

The Importance of Profiling

profile-icon

What do UK admissions officers look out for?

  • Sustained academic interest in the subject that you are applying for
  • Less emphasised: involvement in extracurricular activities
  • U.K. admissions officers, in contrast with those of U.S., are markedly less interested in your extracurricular activities. They are searching for candidates who are passionate about their intended subjects of major and who can prove that they are capable of sustaining a rigorous academic workload.

Your Personal Statement

The two questions you have to bear in mind, when writing your UCAS personal statement, are:

(1) Why you are applying

(2) What makes you suitable.

 

The bulk of your personal statement should be devoted to discussing your interest in the course that you intend to read. To convince admissions officers about your interest in the course, you can rely on some of the following:

(1) A book or books that you have read

(2) An internship or work experience related to your intended course of studies

(3) Specific details about the course that fascinate you.

 

A small part of your personal statement should be devoted to your extracurricular activities. All the better if your extracurricular activities are relevant to your intended course of studies. For instance, being in the debating team would help in sharpening your argumentative ability, which would in turn aid you in a law degree. However, you don’t have to fret even if your extracurricular activities are not relevant to your course of studies. The most important thing is to highlight crucial skills that you have picked up through your extracurricular activities.

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FAQs

Take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding the UK Uni Application Process.

FAQs

FAQs about UK University Admissions

How many characters am I allowed for the UCAS essay?
You are entitled to 4000 characters of text and 47 line limits.

For more information about the UCAS portal, click here.
How many universities can one apply to in a given cycle?
For most subjects, you can apply to five courses. You are only entitled to write one UCAS essay, which will be sent to all the universities of your choice. However, you can only apply to a maximum of four courses in any one of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Veterinary Medicine.

For more information about the UCAS portal, click here.
What are some of the requirements for my UCAS submission?
To see the requirements on the UCAS portal, please click here.
Oxford or Cambridge?
Both universities are equally reputable and there is no easy way of ranking one above the other. However, there are several factors you could think about:

1) Subject Choice - some courses are available at Oxford but not Cambridge, and vice versa. PPE is one such example. In contrast to Oxford, which does not offer a stand-alone Economics course, Cambridge does.
2) Location and Colleges - Cambridge's colleges are comparatively larger in size. This typically means that students don't have to move out of college grounds. In contrast, it is common practice for Oxford students to move out of their college accommodation after their first year.
What are some areas that admissions officers pay attention to in my application?
There are academic attributes of your application that admissions officers use as a gauge to determine how you fare against other applicants.

To find out more about what elements you should heighten in your profile, click here.