Filling in your UCAS Undergraduate application

You make your application in our online system, Apply. You don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime.

You can only apply once in a cycle. Please don't apply more than once in a cycle, as you can't receive a refund for further applications. If you've applied in previous cycles and want to apply again, you'll have to submit a new application.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to filling in your application – you can find more help text in Apply. You can also download this short guide to  filling in your UCAS application (464.99 KB).

Applying through UCAS Conservatoires? Find out how to fill in your UCAS Conservatoires application.

Before you start your application, here are the top things admissions teams will look for when reviewing your application:

  • qualifications.
  • content of written personal statement displaying passion for the subject area, while demonstrating motivation, enthusiasm, and the skills and experiences that will enable you to succeed at university
  • quality and content of reference
  • knowledge of, and commitment to, the subject discipline
  • good attitude to learning and personal development
  • ability to articulate yourself fluently and accurately in writing – it is a sign of what's to come for tutors
University admissions staff talk about the top things they look for in an application.

1. Register to use Apply

Add some personal details, get a username, create a password and set your security questions. Add the buzzword your school, college or centre gave you too, or if you're applying independently there’ll be a few questions.

Please enter your first name and middle name(s) exactly as they're stated on official documents, such as your passport, birth certificate, or driving licence.

How to complete the personal details section in Apply 2021.

2. Sign in to fill in the rest of your personal details

  • Funding and sponsorship options, residential status, any special needs or impairments, and any criminal convictions. If you need clarification of your residential status, visit the UKCISA website for detailed information.
  • Add your email address – we'll show you how to verify it with us. Then we'll be able to let you know whenever your application is updated online, ready for you to sign in and check.
  • Plus you can give a parent, guardian, or adviser nominated access if you'd like them to be able to speak to us on your behalf. We'll be able to discuss your application with them, but for security reasons, we can't share your login details (for example, if you need to change your password).

3. Additional info (UK applicants only)

The questions in this section are only asked if you’re applying from the UK.

Questions about your ethnic origin, national identity, and occupational background are mandatory questions used for monitoring purposes. This information will only be shared with universities and colleges after you have secured a place or at the end of the application cycle – it will not influence any decision regarding your application.

There are three further optional questions which relate to equality monitoring, asking about your religion or belief, sexual orientation, and whether you identify as transgender. Again, responses to these questions aren’t sent to universities and colleges until after you’ve secured a place or at the end of the application cycle – they’re just helpful for statistics.

This section also allows you to talk about your individual circumstances, such as your parental education, if you’ve been in care, or involved in widening participation activities. These pieces of information are shared with universities and colleges alongside your application, so they may form a more complete understanding of you as an individual, known as contexualised admissions. While this information is optional, it can help universities and colleges better understand your background, and provide support. For more information about how a university or college might do this, please consult their individual policy, or contact them directly.

4. Student finance (UK and EU applicants only)

This page might appear if certain questions are answered in the ‘personal details’ sections. 

More about finance and support

5. Course choices

You can choose up to five courses (all now or some later). There’s no preference order and your universities/colleges won’t see where else you’ve applied until after you reply to any offers you get.

6. Full education history

You must enter all your qualifications from secondary education onwards – whether you have the result (even any that were ungraded) or you’re still awaiting exams and results. 

For course results you're still waiting for, these are the exam results we're able to process and forward on to unis and colleges. If any of your pending qualifications aren't on here, you still need to add them to your application, but also remember you’ll need to send the results on to your chosen universities and colleges when you get them.

If you studied at a uni or college but didn't finish the course, you still need to enter these details. Include the start and finish date, and state that you didn't receive any qualifications there.

If you are currently studying for a qualification or awaiting results, it is important you make sure your referee adds your predicted grades to your application – some universities and colleges will not consider your application without them.

It's really important you enter the right qualifications on your application – especially if you're taking a vocational qualification, such as a BTEC – as there are a number of different options to choose from in Apply, depending on the size and type of qualification you're taking.

Universities and colleges will use the information you put in your application to make their decisions, so if you're not sure which version of a qualification you're taking, talk to your school or college, or contact us for advice.
Inputting Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs), calculated grades, estimations, moderated results, or autumn exam results

If you were affected by the cancellation of exams in 2020, you will have been awarded CAGs or calculated grades if you’re based in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, or overseas (where applicable), and estimations or moderated results if you live in Scotland. Some students in England may have chosen to sit their exams in autumn 2020 and received results for these.

These grades hold the same value as any other year and should be added to your application, along with any other achieved or pending qualifications you have.

7. Your employment history

If you've had any paid jobs – full-time or part-time – here's where you can enter details for up to five of them. Include company names, addresses, job descriptions and start/finish dates.

Mention any unpaid or voluntary work in your personal statement.

8. Write a personal statement

This is your chance to show universities and colleges why you want to study the course and why you'd make a great student. It might take a while until you’re happy with it and you’ve checked it through with teachers, advisers or family, so it’s a good idea to start early.

9. View all the details

See if you need to make any edits, then mark it as complete and save it.

Once you’ve marked all previous sections as complete, you’ll be able to read and agree to the declaration – which allows us to process your info and send it to your chosen universities/colleges. You’ll then be able to move on to the final sections.

10. Then get a reference, pay your application fee and send your application to us

A reference is a written recommendation from a teacher, adviser or professional who knows you academically. Everyone needs a reference, unless you get permission from your chosen universities and colleges. You must have a completed reference on your application before it is sent to us.

The application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice. 

Trouble paying for your application? We've put together a handy guide to help you, which is available in English and Welsh.

Sign in to complete your application