Find advice to help you support your son or daughter throughout the UCAS application cycle, including videos and tips for getting started here.
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What you need to know about the application process

Most courses start in September, and some require applications to be submitted almost a year in advance – unless they’re for part-time courses.

There are a few different stages to the process – and application deadlines vary depending on the course – so the earlier your son or daughter can get started, the better.

UCAS have created a handy tool to guide you through the application process, so you can stay up-to-date with what your son or daughter needs to do when. It also contains links off to useful pages of the website which you can share with your son or daughter to point them in the right direction.

Top 10 tips for your son or daughter

  1. Start research early – there are a lot of higher education options to choose from!
  2. Know the deadlines – for some courses, the application deadline is almost a year in advance of when the course starts.
  3. Browse through courses – so they can work out what they would enjoy or be interested in.
  4. Go to UCAS events and course provider open days – speak to UCAS and higher education staff to get answers to their questions.
  5. Check entry requirements – make sure they can get the grades they need to get a place on a course.
  6. Redraft their personal statement – get plenty of feedback and refine it until they’re happy.
  7. Understand student finance – so they can make the best arrangements to fund their studies. Full-time undergraduate students starting their studies from 1 August 2016 will be eligible for a means tested maintenance loan of up to £8,200, to help with students’ living costs. This loan will be paid back in the same way as a tuition fee loan, once they’ve graduated or finished their studies, and are earning over £21,000 a year. Previously, this loan would have taken the form of a non-repayable grant. The maintenance loan is based on your household income, with the maximum loan available if this is less than £25,000. Find out more about changes to maintenance grants and loans.
  8. Be prepared for results day – make sure they’re prepared for all the possible outcomes.
  9. Understand how Extra and Clearing work – different ways to apply for more courses.
  10. Visit UCAS’s Facebook and Twitter regularly to get advice and ask questions.


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