What is UCAS?

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What is UCAS?

UCAS stands for the University and Colleges Admissions Service. It is the online system by which applications for degree level study are submitted for those applying to higher education institutions in the UK. Students apply through UCAS, which in turn forwards applications to the appropriate universities using the UCAS online system.

Despite having the word ‘colleges’ in its title, UCAS does not cover applications to colleges. Students apply directly to each college through the relevant college website. Students can apply to college at the same time as they apply to universities via UCAS and this does not use up any of their UCAS choices.