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What is UCAS?

UCAS is a charity that processes applications to study full-time courses at universities and colleges in the UK. Their aim is to help students make informed choices that are right for them by guiding them through the entire higher education application process and beyond. To support this, they provide a wide range of valuable information and services for applicants, their parents, and teachers.

Students can use to find out how to get started, research options, make an application, and track its progress. There is information for parents at, including details of the application process and a host of helpful video guides.

UCAS Terms Explained

Throughout the application process, students and parents find that they come across a number of terms that they may not be familiar with. Go to to find out what they mean.

How The Ridgeway Sixth Form Team Supports Students with the UCAS Process

All students in Year 12 have the opportunity to attend the UCAS convention, which is usually held in March or April and is run as a school trip. At the convention, students get the opportunity to talk to representatives from higher education establishments as well as ask questions and attend seminars on topics such as student finance. They prepare for the convention during mentoring so they always arrive with plenty of questions and a clear idea of who they want to speak to. We also hold a progression evening in school for parents and students which takes place towards the end of April.

Sixth form mentors and the rest of the sixth form team assist with each step of the UCAS application process. Please see the timeline (example for 2016/2017) below for more information on how this goes. There is plenty of support available to students — we encourage them to hand in drafts of their personal statement for comments — and they also let us know about upcoming interviews so that we can set up subject-specific mock interviews.

We can assist former students with applications on UCAS. Please contact us with any queries.

Example UCAS Application Timeline

Summer 2019

  • Register with UCAS and begin your online application (in school with mentor group).
  • Choose your course and up to five universities. Use UniFrog to research and to help create shortlists.
  • Write the first draft of your personal statement.

3rd October 2019

  • Applications open (aim to hand yours in as soon as possible).
  • Your mentor will write your reference with input from your subject teachers.

October – November 2019

  • Admissions tests.

January -February 2020

  • Interviews. Students inform the sixth form team if they have an interview and we arrange mock interviews for them beforehand.
  • Hear back from the universities: conditional, unconditional, or unsuccessful.

May – June 2020

  • Exams.

August 2020

  • Results day.
  • Clearing or adjustment.

September 2020

  • University or gap year begins.

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