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 www.ucas.com to find out how to get started, research options, make an application, and track its progress. There is information especially for parents at www.ucas.com/parents, 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 www.ucas.com/ucas-terms-explained to find out what they mean.


How The Ridgeway Sixth Form Team supports students with the UCAS process

The UCAS application process begins as early as November of Year 12.  Students and parents are invited to a progression evening where they learn about university and apprenticeships.  All students in Year 12 have the opportunity to attend the UCAS convention, which is usually held March/ 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.

R6 mentors and the rest of the R6 team assist with each step of the UCAS application process. Please see the timeline (example for 2018/2019) 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.

UCAS Application timeline

Summer 2018

  • Register with UCAS and begin your online application (in school with mentor group)
  • Choose your course and up to 5 universities. Use UniFrog to research and to help create shortlists
  • Write the first draft of your personal statement

1st September 2018

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

 15th October 2018

  • Admissions deadline for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science

October – November 2018

  • Admissions Tests

October 2016– March 2019

  • 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

March 2019

  • Deadline for some art & design courses
  • Apply for student finance

May – June 2019

  • Exams

August 2019

  • Results Day
  • Clearing or Adjustment

September 2019

  • University or gap year begins
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