What is UCAS?
UCAS stands for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It is the centralised service that all students use to apply to university. That means that anyone who wants to study an undergraduate degree in the UK has to apply through UCAS. You can use the UCAS website to research universities, the courses they offer and the grades you need to be predicted to achieve to apply.Once you’ve chosen what you want to study, and which universities you want to apply for, then you make one application online, through UCAS. Then the service takes your proposal to each of the universities and then they let you know whether you have been offered a place and what the conditions of that place are. The final stage occurs when you have achieved your A level results and you find out through UCAS if your offer of a place at a particular university has been confirmed.
The UCAS process is daunting for many students and there are many decisions to be made. We want you to feel completely prepared and a whole team of experienced advisors is on hand to assist you. Our Careers Department is a good starting point and is supported by your Tutor, Head of Year and Head of Sixth Form. You will also talk to a UCAS advisor, a member of staff who has responsibility for students taking a particular subject at university. The school has good relationships with admissions tutors and arranges talks from representatives from universities. The biennial Careers Conference is a major event in which guest speakers and representatives from every industry give valuable insight into their chosen fields. Meanwhile, the work experience programme ensures that students are helped in setting up meaningful placements. If you are considering applying for Oxford, Cambridge or other elite courses, you will need to undertake additional extension work in your chosen field.