SIX STEPS TO MAKING AN APPLICATION
There are six main stages to follow, we will explain each one and the steps you need to take to be able to make your application.
1. Searching for courses and providers
You can use UCAS Progress to look for opportunities in your area. There are lots of courses that you can look through, find out more details and which providers they are delivered at. It is a good idea to think about and research the courses you might enjoy and what type of provider you would like to go to e.g. a college or work based learning provider etc. You will also be able to find out how far you will need to travel to get there.
2. Saving courses to your favourites page
While you are searching you can save courses that you like the look of on your unique favourites page. This means that when you log back in they will be saved there and you don’t have to search around the site for them again. You can favourite as many courses as you would like to at any time. You have also got the ability to save providers so if you like the look of a place you can save it without saving any courses.
3. Completing your profile
You can start completing your profile at any time and it is a good idea to do this as soon as you can so you are ready to start making applications. There are five sections that you need to fill out which are: personal information (e.g. school details, support needs etc), qualifications (ability to add any subjects that you are working towards or have completed already), work history (if you have any work experience or currently have a part time job you can add it here), personal statement (gives you a chance to tell the provider that you are applying to a bit about yourself), contact details (allows you to add your contact details e.g. mobile number and email and keep them up to date throughout the application process).
You can save these sections at any stage and when you have finished can mark as complete. All five sections need to be completed before you can start an application.
4. Making an Application
Before you can make an application you need to have saved the courses that you would like to apply for and completed all of the sections of your profile. When you are ready click the applications tab on your toolbar and select ‘start a new application’. You will then be able to select the Provider you want to apply to and the courses you want to study from the list that you saved as favourites. This will then put your application into the ‘Not Sent’ category. You can then click the blue ‘view’ button and check over your application before you send it. When you are happy you can click ‘Submit your application’. If you have not completed all of your profile you will then see a message saying ‘Awaiting Profile Completion’ and you will need to go back and complete all of the sections of your Profile before you can send your application. You can send applications to as many providers as you feel is right for you.
5. Application In progress
As your application progresses you will be able to see what is happening at every stage by logging back in to UCAS Progress and selecting the ‘Applications Tab’. When you have sent your application it will move from the ‘Not sent’ column to the second stage ‘In Progress’ and your application will be marked as ‘Submitted’. When the provider receives your application they will acknowledge this and send you a message saying they have received it which will be marked as ‘Acknowledged’. You will then see any offers that you receive on this page as well. If you change your mind about your application at any time through the process you can send a message to the provider and either change the courses you are applying for or details on your form.
6. Receiving Offers and Making choices
If a Provider makes you an offer you will see this on your Applications page. You can receive Conditional and Unconditional offers through the system and if there are any conditions these will be visible. You have then got the option to accept or decline the offer. You can accept as many offers as you would like to. When you have accepted an offer that application will move into the last column and be marked as ‘Accepted’.
Good luck with your Applications!
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UCAS 2024 Key Dates:
2 May 2023 UCAS’ search tool displays 2024 courses.
9 May 2023 The adviser portal opens for 2024 entry.
16 May 2023 Undergraduate applications open for 2024 entry. From this date, applicants can start their applications.
12 July 2023 Conservatoire applications open for 2024 entry. From this date, applicants can register, pay, and send their applications.
5 September 2023 Completed undergraduate applications can be submitted to UCAS.
2 October 2023 18:00 (UK time) Application deadline for conservatoire music applications. Applications for dance, drama, and musical theatre courses may have a different deadline – check conservatoires’ websites for information.
16 October 2023 18:00 (UK time) Deadline for applications to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most courses in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine / science. The reference must be completed before the application can be sent.
31 January 2024 18:00 (UK time) Equal consideration date for applications for most undergraduate courses. The reference must be completed before the application can be sent. Deadline for most conservatoire undergraduate dance, drama or musical theatre courses. Check on the specific course to be sure.
28 February 2024 Extra opens – applicants who have used all five choices and are not holding any offers may be able to add another choice in their application.
30 June 2024 18:00 (UK time) Applications received by this deadline will be sent to universities and colleges. After this time, applications are automatically entered into Clearing.
4 July 2024 Last date to add an Extra choice in their application.
5 July 2024 Clearing opens for eligible applicants, and vacancies are displayed in UCAS’ search tool. Applicants can release themselves into Clearing
What is the clearing process: Clearing is the system employed by UCAS and UK Universities at the end of the academic year to fill course places that haven't been taken up.
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