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Explore all the steps, then get ready to sail through your UCAS application

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If you are looking to study an undergrad degree at uni, you'll need to complete a UCAS application online.

There are lots of boxes to tick. But but have no fear – we're here to help. Learn about what to include, responding to offers, submission deadlines and more as we explore everything you need to complete your UCAS application.

Get to grips with the UCAS process

All the things to consider

Watch our helpful advice on how, when and where to apply for uni through UCAS.

Key takeaways

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) handles most undergraduate applications for UK universities. It's handy because it means you don't have to apply to universities separately.

If your school or college are registered with UCAS, speak to them about submitting your application online and when to do this. If you're applying as an individual, register on the UCAS website and complete your application directly.

You can apply to nearly every undergraduate course via UCAS and the actual application can be broken down into 4 simple sections:

Section 1

Section 2

Pop in all your personal details such as name(s), address, date of birth and contact numbers. This is also where you will make your course choices, so make a note of course codes and university institution codes – the University of Portsmouth code is P80.

Here's where you'll add additional information such as any qualifications you have, including GCSEs and A-levels and whether you have a part-time job. So keep your grades handy for this step.

Section 3

Section 4

This is your chance to show off. Add your personal statement, which can be up to 47 lines or a maximum of 4000 characters and bring your application to colour. Watch our video on how to write a personal statement if you need a hand with this section.

Add your teacher reference. Ensure that you've contacted your referee and they've agreed to provide your reference online. If you have specific information or any pending qualifications, discuss whether they can provide these details.

Application fees for 2022

The fee for your UCAS application will depend on how many courses you apply for. If you're applying to study in 2022, the fee is £22 for a single course and £26.50 for more than one choice.

Apply for up 5 courses

Remember that you can apply to a maximum of 5 courses. These can be at the same university or different universities, depending on what takes your fancy.

Research the modules you’ll be studying, the entry requirements for the courses and refer to league tables to make sure you’re happy with the ranking of the course. Check your entry requirements are matched, or very similar to those of the courses you want to apply for.

Be accurate

There are a team of people who read your application. Each faculty has dedicated admissions tutors who will read your application and make sure you’re the right fit for the course. So make sure you allow plenty of time to make sure your application is correct.

3 types of offers

1. Conditional offer (C)

2. Unconditional offer (UC)

3. Unsuccessful or declined offer

You have a place based on you achieving certain entry requirements.

You have been accepted regardless of your results, usually awarded when you've already sat your exams.

This unfortunately means you've not been offered a place.

Accepting offers and UCAS Track

Try not to make any decisions until you've heard back from all of the universities you've applied to. You'll hear back from all universities via UCAS Track, so check your UCAS track for more details after you've submitted your application.

Once you've heard back from your universities, it's up to you to decide who you're going to hold your offers with. You can hold a maximum of 2 offers.

The first offer will be your firm acceptance, which is your first choice. This is where you'll go if you meet the entry requirements. Your second choice will be your insurance acceptance, which acts as your backup if you don't get your firm choice. Your insurance choice should usually have a lower entry requirement than your firm choice.

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Check entry requirements

Before you apply for a Bachelor's degree or another undergraduate course, you need to check you'll meet the entry requirements. Find out what this means on our Entry Requirements page, look at how we assess your application and check out entry requirements for our course on each course page.

Thinking about joining us as an undergrad? Find out more and book your spot at one of our upcoming Open Days or campus tours.

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