The UCAS Process

The general timings for UCAS are as follows:

  • June/July of Year 12: Transition Day where students are introduced to the process and register on the UCAS website.
  • Summer holidays: Students working on personal statements and researching courses and universities.
  • September of Year 13: Process of completing UCAS form well underway with early entry students (Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry) finalising their forms and personal statements.
  • September/October of Year 13: Students requiring an admissions test must have registered with Exams Officer and Heads of Sixth Form. (Several tests, including Oxbridge tests and the BMAT can be taken in school. Others, like the LNAT and UKCAT need to be registered for by the individual student and sat at a separate testing centre.)
  • Early October of Year 13: early entry students submit forms.
  • Early November of Year 13: standard entry students submit forms. (students apply for 5 courses)
  • May of Year 13: Students make their firm and reserve choices and the process of selecting student finance and accommodation begins.
  • August of Year 13: Results Day and Clearing opens. Staff available on that day to support students through the process.

Please be aware that from October onwards, students will receive offers. However, different courses and institutions can vary massively in the speed in which they make offers. Not hearing immediately is not necessarily a cause for concern.

In addition to form tutors and Heads of Sixth Form, full details about how to complete the UCAS form can be found at www.ucas.co.uk

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