Higher Education - Year 12 Students
Year 12 – UCAS Cycle for Applying to University
The UCAS search tool displays undergraduate courses, and you are able to search on UCAS for course entry requirements. Apply goes live in May of Year 12; at this point you are able to register and make a start on your UCAS application.
If you are interested in studying at a Conservatoire, during May of Year 12 you are able to start and submit your application to UCAS. Help and advice to support you in applying to a Conservatoire can be found at:
The UCAS Hub allows you to personalise your experience of exploring university options. It helps you to start to research and collate what you need to do. Create your own account and make use of the different features available.
University Open Days
Many Year 12 students plan visits to universities and attend UCAS Fairs during the Summer Term. Universities work hard to support Year 12 students who are planning their next steps after sixth form. Many universities have a planned schedule of in-person and virtual tours, live chats, and helpful resources so that you can experience university life. Please keep looking at individual university websites, as they regularly update the range of information they have to support potential applicants.
UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions
UCAS run a series of university exhibition events during the summer term to support students in finding out more about studying at different universities. This gives students the chance to speak face-to-face with universities and colleges prior to submitting their applications.
These events have the wealth of universities and college exhibitors you’d expect, as well as a seminar programme that covers all the major things to consider – such as the application process, student finance and subject specific information.
UCAS Virtual Tours
UCAS virtual tours and videos from universities and colleges allow you to see what it’s like on campus and what facilities are available at different universities. These can be viewed from:
UCAS Subject and City Guides
UCAS’s Subject and City Guides offer a range of valuable insights to help you find the right subject, location, university and college for you.
UCAS’s Unibuddy gives you the chance to talk to current undergraduates to find out what life at university is really like.