All applications for Undergraduate Higher Education courses (those at level 4 and upwards) go through one application form on the UCAS website.
Many young people will apply for a 3-year degree, which may be a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or a BSc (Bachelor of Science). There are also a range of other Higher Education courses available, such as HNCs, Foundation degrees and specialist degrees such as BEng. Details of these different qualifications can be found on the Careerpilot website.
Schools and colleges will provide support for your child, but we know that the process and terminology of Higher Education can be confusing for parents.
You may find the HE Jargon Buster page on our website useful.
The UCAS website will be your most useful resource for information about supporting your child’s application to University.
There are menu options along the top of the UCAS homepage - as well as useful information about the undergraduate courses there is also information about alternative options, such as apprenticeships and employment.
Specific UCAS pages for parents and guardians
UCAS have provided a specific page just for parents and guardians, in the link below - this gets updated regularly so keep checking back:
UCAS Undergraduate - Advice for Parents and Guardians
Another way to stay up-to-date is by signing up for the UCAS newsletter for parents:
UCAS - Parent and Guardians Newsletter
Each academic year UCAS include all key information for parents in a guide:
There are a number of useful videos and guides on theUCAS YouTube channel, including the videos below:
Parents' guides to UCAS in 90 seconds – Applying
(approx. 2 minutes long)
(approx. 10.5 minutes long)
Careerpilot has lots of information for parents on Higher Education:
Careerpilot - Parent Zone: Higher Education
They also have a section on applying for a HE course.
The Uni Guide has a specific page with advice for parents:
The Uni Guide - Advice for Parents
The Complete University Guide also has a specific page with advice for parents:
Complete University Guide - Application Advice for Parents
The Student Room ‘Parent Room’ – online forums where you can ask questions of other parents specifically about university and UCAS applications:
The Student Room
* Please note that the comments made in The Student Room are solely the opinions of specific individuals and are not opinions of the WIN
UCAS social media and contact details
Here are all of the different ways you can contact UCAS and stay up-to-date with any news and updates.
FAQ's: Many of the common questions will have been answered in this frequently asked questions page