How to Apply – UCAS

You’ve made the decision to go to university – but what should you do next? The application process can seem daunting, so to help simplify it, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide of how to apply to university through UCAS.

Here are a few key things you should know before you start applying:

Applications for all undergraduate full-time courses at Chester should be made through UCAS. 

What is UCAS?

UCAS is the central universities and colleges’ admissions service responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. In 2016, over 590,000 people applied to university through UCAS. 

When can I start applying?

Completed 2018 entry applications can be submitted through UCAS from Wednesday 6th September 2017.

How much will it cost?

If apply for one course, the cost will be £13.00. If you apply for more than one course, either at the same institution or across a range of universities, the cost will rise to £23.00.

How to apply

You make your application on the UCAS online system. When applying, you can select up to five courses. However, you can only apply once in a cycle.

1. Register to use Apply

First you need to go to, click on the Apply and Track button and register your details on Apply, the online application system. This will generate a username and password which you can use to log in and fill out your application.

You don’t need to complete the application all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime. So make sure you save this username and password somewhere safe so you can come back to it later.

There are seven sections on the application which you will need to fill in:

  • Personal details
  • Additional information (for UK applicants only)
  • Student finance arrangements (UK applicants only)
  • Course choices (up to five choices)
  • Education so far
  • Employment history
  • Personal statement and reference

2. Student finance (UK and EU applicants only)

This page might appear if certain questions are answered in the ‘personal details’ sections.

UCAS doesn’t arrange student finance, but if you’re looking for financial support, you can give UCAS permission here to share your info with the student loans/awards organisation you apply to – which should speed up the process.

3. Course choices

In this section, select the universities you’ve chosen, the courses you’re applying for and when you would like to start the course. There is a lot to picking the right university for you. Make sure you do your research into each institution you’re looking at before applying on UCAS.

If you’re applying to Chester, you’ll need to know our institutional code and the course code. Our institutional code is CHSTR C55, and you can find our individual course codes on the UCAS website.

4. Personal statement

This is your chance to show universities why they should offer you a place. The personal statement should cover why you’re interested in the courses you’ve applied for, and what you hope to do after you’ve completed your degree. Try and be creative so that you stand out from the crowd!

5. References

If you’re applying through school or college, this won’t show up in Apply, because it will be arranged for you later – but if you’re applying independently, you will need to fill in referee details.

6. Check

This is essential. Don’t forget to check your application – otherwise you could find yourself applying to a university that you didn’t mean to apply to! Then read and sign the declaration.

7. Your work here is done

UCAS will process your application and send it online to your chosen institutions. You can follow its progress by logging in to UCAS Track using your personal ID and password. Again, keep this UCAS Personal ID and Password safe, as you’ll need it in the future.

What if you can’t make up your mind about where you want to study?

The best advice is to go and visit the universities you’re interested in.

At Chester, we host a number of Open Days throughout the year designed for you to meet course tutors, visit our various campuses and talk to current students. This will give you a good feel for what it’s like to be a student at the University. If you can’t make one of our upcoming Open Days, we also run monthly campus tours, where you can see the facilities on the Parkgate Road Campus.

We hope to see you soon!

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If you have any questions about the Open Days, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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