Frequently asked questions about UCAS applications and university

Here you will find the answers to the questions we get asked about UCAS applications and university.

What does UCAS stand for?

UCAS runs the application process for universities and colleges in the UK. It provides online application portals, search tools, and free information and advice.

How do I research universities?

UCAS is a great place to start doing your research. You can use their course search to check module information and entry requirements.

You can also use university league tables and Open Days to help you make your decision.

Learn more about researching universities.

Does it matter which order my choices go in?

It does not matter which order you add your choices in your UCAS application. You do not have to use the five maximum choices either!

How do I complete my UCAS application?

Here are some tips and tricks to help complete your UCAS application.

Where do I start with my personal statement?

Stuck on what to write? Here’s some guidance to get you completing your personal statement in no time.

What are UCAS tariff points and how do I work mine out?

UCAS tariff points can be pretty confusing, here’s a guide to UCAS tariff points for your qualification.

When is the deadline for UCAS applications?

For most undergraduate courses, the deadline is 26 January 2022.

For Oxbridge, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine or veterinary science applications, the deadline was 15 October 2021.

What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer?


A conditional offer means you need to meet the university’s entry requirements for the course. Usually, this is getting certain grades.


An unconditional offer means that you have already satisfied the university’s entry requirements for the course you’ve applied for.

Can I apply to both Oxford and Cambridge?

Unfortunately, you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge. So consider this before applying.

Will universities know where else I have applied to?

Other universities cannot initially see where you have applied. So, you can make your choices in UCAS without worry!

However, universities do find out once you have accepted your offers or have no live offers available.

What happens when I submit my UCAS application?

It will be processed by UCAS and sent out to your chosen universities. You should receive a UCAS welcome letter within 14 days of submitting your application.

What if I don’t want to go to university?

If you do not want to go to university, there are plenty of other options! Learn more about your options instead of university.

If you have a question that has not been answered here, please speak to your tutor or contact Activate Careers.

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