The application process explained

Applying for full-time courses

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Applying for Full time undergraduate HE courses

The majority of applications to Higher Education for full-time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS, although  some courses and providers may require direct application. These include some private HE providers, (although a number of private providers are now included on the UCAS site and therefore application is made via UCAS) and a small number of 1-3 year full-time diploma courses offered by private drama schools. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to most full-time Higher Education courses in the UK e.g. degrees and Foundation Degrees. The UCAS website has useful information on the application process. Further information regarding application procedures for drama schools can be found on Which University. The other main exception is practical undergraduate full-time music courses offered by music conservatoires. For most of these courses application is via the Conservatoires Admissions Service (CUKAS)

Most full-time Higher Education courses offered by Further Education (FE) colleges are now included in the UCAS system. However, learners should check prospectuses or contact the FE college directly just to make sure.

5 choices

All applications through UCAS are completed online using UCAS Apply. Applicants can make a maximum of 5 choices on the UCAS Apply form. Additional choices can be added at a later date if an applicant uses less than 5 on the original application. Apply will arrange these into alphabetical order. Each university and college will only see the details of their own course or courses for which the students have applied. They will not see applicant's other choices until they have received their final decision.

The combination of choices allowed depends upon their chosen course(s):

• For Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science, learners can apply to a maximum of 4 courses. (The remaining 1 choice can be used for alternative subjects).

• If applying to Oxbridge, learners must choose either Oxford or Cambridge, they cannot apply to both.

Further information about applying to Oxbridge 

• In previous years, there were two routes into creative arts and design (Route A and Route B). For courses starting in 2010 onwards, applicants apply through the normal UCAS route. However, there are two application deadlines for art and design courses. Universities and colleges decide which deadline to use: 15 January or 24 March.

Further information about creative arts and design