UCAS Helpline Contact Number0843 596 3152
The UCAS contact number takes the stress out of uni applications by connecting you to those who can help.
You May Need To Call the UCAS Helpline To:
- Track your application.
- Find clearing vacancies.
- Questions about student finance or accommodation.
UCAS is the British university admissions system for students wishing to applying for courses in higher education. To track your application, call the UCAS telephone number.
UCAS helps potential students by helping them choose which course and which level of study is right for them. Through UCAS, the student can then apply for their chosen course and UCAS will liaise with the university on their behalf. The costs charged for using UCAS services are generally around £11 to apply for one course, or £22 to apply for two or more.
The application process includes information regarding your current qualifications as well as employment history, and all students must write an extensive personal statement about themselves, their abilities, why they are suitable for their chosen course and what they expect to achieve academically and personally. They must also submit a reference, which is generally provided by a teacher or employer.
UCAS will notify the student when their chosen university’s respond as to whether they have a conditional, unconditional or no offer at all. A conditional offer is where the student will be accepted dependent on the grades. An unconditional offer is when the student already has the necessary grades. Students can be declined for many reasons, such as not meeting the entry requirements or failing an interview process.
The UCAS Application Process
There are over 37,000 courses available to applicants through UCAS, so navigating through them can be a minefield. The best thing to do when it comes around to making this monumental decision is to consider what subjects you enjoy. It could be a subject you take at A level, such as textiles or maths, it could be a hobby, such as music, or it could be something you’ve never done before, like philosophy. Once you have decided which discipline you wish to study, it is important to consider that there are many different types of courses available within the subject itself. For example, textiles could include design, pattern making or fashion buying. Maths could include accounting, music could be the theory or practical side. Once you have found your ideal course, start having a look at universities. Each university will have a different take on the course, some may be accredited by a professional body in your chosen subject or have extra modules or the chance to do a placement. Of course, you should take into account the university itself. Have a look at the campus and it’s surrounding area. See if the facilities suit your needs. Try and speak to current students and attend open days to get a feel for how life would be at that university. Once you have decided on a course and university, then its time to have a look at what you need to do to get on to the course.
Entry requirements are set by the institution who provide your course. They are a guide to what grades, subjects or qualifications you need to be accepted onto the course. Alongside this, your overall suitability to the course will be considered. In some cases, you may be asked to complete an admissions test, attend an interview or do an audition. Descriptions of the course may mention other skills that are desirable. Applications are competitive, so if you have any of these skills, you will stand out. Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee you a place. Sometimes, courses may require a specific qualification or grade. For example, a degree in English may ask for an A in the subject. If you don’t have this exact grade, similar qualifications may be considered. Many universities like to use the UCAS Tariff system to help compare applicant’s qualifications. Each grade will be worth a certain amount of points, and the university will ask for an overall number of points to get on the course.
Once you have decided on your course and university and you are satisfied you meet the entry requirements, you can go ahead and apply. The main deadline for undergraduate courses is 18.00 UK time on the 15th January. Different courses may have different deadlines. For example, if you wish to apply for Oxford or Cambridge the deadline is October, March for any art and design courses. By these dates, your application should be complete, include a reference and you should have paid your application fee. If you miss the deadline, some courses will still consider you providing they have room left on the course. If you wish to take a year out, you can still apply and defer your application, however you should check with the university that they accept deferred applications.
Tracking Your Application
After you have sent off your application, you can see its progression by logging into UCAS Track. You can use track to see if any of your chosen universities offer you a place on the course or invite you to interview, respond to any offers and depending on your results, a confirmation of your offer. You can also add extra choices and make changes.
This type of offer shows what conditions you have to meet to get your place confirmed. For most people, this means waiting for the summer Results Day to see if you are accepted. A conditional offer may look something like:
A Levels AAB with an A in Physics and two other sciences/mathematics.
220 UCAS Tariff points of which at least 160 must be obtained from 2 A levels or equivalent excluding General Studies. Equivalent qualifications can include GCE/VCE Single or Double Award, BTEC and OCR Nationals, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers but do not include AS Awards and BTEC QCF Certificate.
This type of offer means you have already met the entry requirements. You may need to do something extra such as medical check. By accepting an unconditional offer, you cannot have an insurance choice or enter clearing.
A course choice can be withdrawn by the university if you didn’t respond to any emails they sent or you missed an interview.
An unsuccessful application means you haven’t been accepted onto the course. Sometimes the university will give you a reason or they will add one at a later date.
Results Day occurs on the 14th of August. It can be a stressful day, where many people will find out if they have met the conditions of their university offer. The best way to prepare for results day is to know the process.
Have everything ready
You should have your UCAS Track details ready as this is where you will find out if you have met the conditions of your offer. You should also make sure that your contact details are up to date. If you are not available on results day, you need to give someone you trust what is known as ‘nominated access’. This person will be able to make decisions on your behalf and discuss your results with the university/UCAS. Lastly, you should check if your exam results are given directly to UCAS to pass on to the university or whether you need to pass them on yourself.
What happens on results day
The big day has arrived and you have your results from your college. You might get a place on your first choice or your insurance choice depending on how well you did. If you didn’t quite get the results, you may be offered an alternative such as a different course. This will need to be accepted in Track. You may see different statuses in Track depending on your results.
If you did better than expected, you may wish to look at courses with higher entry points. If you didn’t get in, don’t worry there are other options. You could go through Clearing, find out about exam re-marks or look into other options like a gap year.
If you have accepted an offer, you will receive a letter from UCAS confirming your place.
Contact Ucas Clearing
Clearing offers applicants who did not get accepted onto their desired course a chance to see which courses have places remaining. Clearing allows universities to fill their leftover places. It is available from July to September. If you had a conditional offer but you did not get your required results to fulfil the conditions of the offer, clearing vacancies can be accessed from results day through the Clearing search tool or the UCAS Clearing app. The idea behind it is that you locate courses which are suited to you and contact the providers directly to see if they will offer you a place. The official clearing vacancy list can be found online or in the Telegraph newspaper. Once you get in touch with the university you have chosen, give them your Clearing number and your UCAS ID, get informal offers over the phone and then once you have decided, add your clearing choice in track.
UCAS stands for the University and College Admissions Service. It was formed in 1994 by the merger of several admissions councils. UCAS accepted paper applications until 2006, now it is only available online.
August 20th, 2014
UCAS has revealed that the leading universities in Britain are expanding at a much quicker rate than their rivals in the UK. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, which is responsible for enrolling all graduates onto higher education courses, say there has been a sharp rise in student numbers for certain universities. It has risen by four per cent compared to last year, while those with lower entry requirements are only up by one per cent.
The large number of people coming from mainland Europe to study in the United Kingdom is one of the major reasons for this surge in numbers. In the last 12 months, the amount of people from EU countries accepted into major British universities rose by 13 per cent. It is also due to government reforms that have allowed universities to accept more students. There are now unlimited places for college leavers with at least one A and two Bs are now under these reforms while 30,000 more leavers with lower grades are finding places.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions figures also showed that after A level results were announced on Thursday — which again showed a slight rise in the number of people getting the top A* grade, although marks dropped from A to E — 412,170 young people had been accepted into university courses. This is three per cent higher than last year.
The professor of education at Buckingham University, Mr. Alan Smithers, said: “A-level results have dropped a bit – beyond the A* – so I do not think universities will be pressing students’ actual conditional offer to its limit. They may well be saying, ‘you have dropped a grade below your offer, but that’ is still okay’. However, universities’ reputations are at stake here. There is a limit to the number of students with the lower grades they will be willing to accept.”
The Universities and Colleges Admissions, often known by its acronym UCAS, considers itself to be at the heart of connecting people to higher education in the United Kingdom. It provides services for people wishing to apply to university before taking their A levels in college and allows them to make the next step once their results have been announced.
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