What is UCAS?

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UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the central organization in the UK that manages applications to undergraduate university and college courses.

What is UCAS?

  • UCAS allows students to submit a single application for up to 5 courses at UK universities and colleges.
  • Students apply through the main UCAS scheme for courses starting in the autumn term. There is also a smaller UCAS scheme for spring/summer term courses.
  • The application is submitted online through the UCAS website with a reference from the applicant’s school/college.
  • Applications include predicted grades, personal statement, school reference and other relevant details.
  • Universities and colleges then make offers based on the UCAS applications which applicants can choose to accept or reject.
  • UCAS also facilitates applications for conservatoires and several teacher training programs.
  • Along with applications, UCAS provides information and guidance on topics like application requirements, funding and student life.
  • UCAS was established in 1993 through the merger of UCCA (Universities Central Council on Admissions) and PCAS (Polytechnics Central Admissions System).
  • It is an independent charity funded by fees from students and higher education providers.

Visit UCAS.com here

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