The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service operates the application process for British Universities, but also offers several services for different audiences and those who need support in the application process. We’ve compiled some of the most recent information, links and dates for 2020 that you may find useful!
We have outlined some key information below, with links to the mentioned pages. However, on their social media, UCAS are responsive to those who mention them, and there is information posted daily that you may find useful. They also have a blog, which holds up-to-date posts about important topics, such as replying to your offers.
Considering your grades
On their ‘Information for students in England’ page, UCAS outline recent updates from the Universities Minister and other agencies, including information on how qualifications will be awarded this year. (They also have pages for students in Scotland, and Wales).
For A-levels, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ), Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in maths, and GCSES – schools/colleges have been asked to send information on: the grade they believe you were most likely to get under normal circumstances; and an order of students, by performance, within those grades – in order to decide on a fair grade that is reflective of your efforts.
Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive, said: ‘For those applying to higher education, we expect them to be treated fairly and consistently, and universities and colleges to consider these grades in the same way as any qualifications from previous years’.
This page also signposts to the virtual open days on offer from universities, due to the postponement of face-to-face events. These events are great tasters for institutions that you may be considering, so it is definitely worth checking out.
As with any education decision, post-16 decisions require some research, this UCAS page, points you in the right direction regarding some of the different directions in which you may want to take this research.
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