This section provides an overview of the UCAS application process, including supporting students in writing their personal statements and information and guidance for those who have been asked to provide a reference for an applicant to higher education.
The application process
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is responsible for processing applications to higher education courses in the UK. UCAS also provides information and advice to inspire and facilitate educational progression, so is a useful resource for students and practicioners.
The personal statement forms part of the application process. It gives students the opportunity to explain why they have chosen to apply for a specific course, show their knowledge and understanding of the discipline, and their enthusiasm to study.
A reference, often supplied by a tutor or teacher who knows the applicant academically, also forms part of the UCAS application process.
As a referee, you are required to give the university or college a student is applying to an accurate assessment of the applicants suitablility for further study.
Sign up for UCAS news updates
An exciting new feature has just gone live on ucas.com: the ability for all advisers to receive regular updates on the ingo they are interested in. In the past advisers could receive updates if they were attached to a UCAS registered centre, but now UCAS is inviting anyone supporting applicants to sign up to updates. This enables UCAS to operate more flexibly and means that advisers will receive information based on their preferences.
Advisers can access the sign-up form here.
If your school would benefit from a talk about UCAS applications or writing references,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.