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Students who want to progress on to university will need to apply through UCAS. Universities will advertise their degrees through their websites and UCAS. Throughout the year, there will also be the opportunity to visit universities during their open days.

Once a student has applied through UCAS they will be able to track their application and offers from their chosen universities. 

We understand that applying to UCAS can be stressful for both student and parent. We offer UCAS drop-in sessions throughout the year to help guide you through the application process and talk about all options).

UCAS have also produced this helpful parent guide.

Key dates 2016-17

1 September - universities accept new applications 

15 October at 6pm – application deadline for universities of Oxford and Cambridge and most professional courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry 

15 January at 6pm - application deadline for the majority of courses

30 June at 6pm - final deadline to submit an application. After this students enter into Clearing 

16 July - the latest date those who applied after 15 January deadline will receive offers from their chosen universities

Do universities accept BTECs?

  • 95% of universities in the UK accept BTEC qualifications, including competitive universities from the Russell Group. More than 50% of 20- to 30-year-olds going on to higher education have progressed via studying a BTEC
  • Nearly all universities accept BTECs in relevant subject areas, similar to how they would with equivalent A-level qualifications
  • BTEC students can often be better prepared in terms of the independent studying that’s required at degree level, due to the portfolio-based nature of BTEC courses. The time management and self-organisation you’ll pick up on a BTEC course can also give you an added edge.
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