What's included in a UCAS application?

UCAS Application

Let’s start at the very beginning with something that lots of students are not fully sure of, what does UCAS actually stand for? ‘Universities and Colleges Admissions Service’.

If you’re applying to a university in the UK, it’s highly likely that your application will have to go through UCAS as it’s how institutions access applications.


What you need to know

When can I apply? 

From 6th September 2017 - 15th January 2018

Where do I apply? 


What’s your institution code?

Our institution code is P34 (including Escape Studios)

Once you’ve registered, there are 9 different sections on the application form which you’ll need to complete. These are;

1. Filling in the rest of your details

  • This is where UCAS will ask for your residential status, if you have any special needs or disabilities and if you have any criminal convictions
  • You’ll be prompted to add an email address to your account which allows UCAS to send you updated whenever there are changes/updates to your application
  • If you’d like a parent or guardian to be able to speak to UCAS on your behalf, this is where you can nominate access

2. Additional information (UK Students only)

This section is not compulsory, but is helpful for UCAS statistics. The types of things you’ll be asked include equality, ethnic origin, national identity, any summer schools/taster courses you attended, care and parental education.

3. Student Finance (UK and EU students)

Student Finance isn’t arranged through UCAS, but if you need support, you can use this section to give UCAS permissions to share your information with the student loans company. For more information and to make a Student Finance application, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

4. Course choices

  • This is where you select the courses and the universities you’d like to apply to. Here are some tips;You can select up to five courses (the maximum is five, but if you want to apply to only one or two, that’s fine too)
  • It doesn’t matter what order you put them in (the universities won’t see this)
  • You can apply for deferred entry here, but remember to check that the university will accept it

5. Education history

  • Most students won’t have finished their exams by the time they submit an application, but that doesn’t mean you should leave the courses off our application - whether you have the result or not, you should still list all of your qualifications
  • If your type of qualification isn’t on UCAS, you should still add it to this section and you’ll need to email your results to us when they come through
  • If your EU qualification isn’t listed, you can use the ‘Other’ box, and will need to send us your results when you get them

EU students who have not studied in English will need to demonstrate their English Language skills through taking an English Language test. It’s a good idea to have these results at the time of applying, but if you don’t, you may still receive an offer, but it will be conditional on you meeting our English language requirements before you start the course.

6. Employment history

If you’ve had a full-time or part-time job, you can enter the details of your position here. Don’t include voluntary work though - it’s best to save that for your Personal Statement.

7. Personal Statement

This is your chance to shine and show the universities you're applying to what makes you an excellent applicant. Our Schools Liaison team will be writing lots of tips and tricks in an upcoming blog but some top tips to remember are;

  • Make an early start – you’ll be able to submit your application from 6th September (until 15th January 2018) but to ensure you’re happy with your personal statement, always leave enough time for amendments and try not to rush it
  • Write drafts to share with your family, teachers and advisors who’ll be able to make suggestions on how you could improve and check spelling
  • Make the most out of the 4,000 characters - it seems like a lot, but it’s hard to fit in everything you want to tell the universities when you actually start writing it.
  • Use your Personal Statement to tell universities things they can’t already tell from viewing your academic history (don’t take up loads of space talking about what you’ve studied and what you’re currently studying - instead explain how or why studying things have given you the skills for the course you’re applying to)

8. Final checks

At this stage, you’ll be able to take a look over the information you’ve filled in so far and mark it as ‘complete’ and save it. Once you do this for all of the previous sections, you can move on to the final stage.

9. Get a reference, pay the fees and SEND!

  • What’s a reference? According to UCAS, “a reference is a written recommendation from a teacher, adviser, or professional who knows you academically.” Everyone needs a reference and if you don’t include it when submitting an application, your offer would be conditional on receiving a reference
  • How much does an application cost? If you’re applying to one course it’ll cost £12. If you’re applying for multiple courses or are submitting a late application (after 30th June) it will cost £23
  • Applying through a school, college, or centre? The school/college will let you know whether to pay via the school, or to us directly and when you’ll need to do so.They will send the application to us on your behalf
  • Applying independently? After the reference is added, pay by credit/debit card online and then send your application to us

Then you’ll have wait to hear back from your choices. We wish you the best of luck!