Introduction to becoming a UCAS registered centre
What does being a UCAS centre mean?
Becoming a UCAS centre means that applicants will be able to make their UCAS application through you and that you will be able to manage all of the applications linked to your centre and provide advice and guidance at every stage of the process.
How to register
Find out how to register your school, college or organisation as a UCAS centre >>
The benefits of being a UCAS centre
Registered centres have unique access to applications, both during the application process and once they have been sent to UCAS. Some of the benefits are outlined below.
- Experienced and qualified trainers and customer service staff will help you if necessary.
- You can review and suggest corrections to applicants as you can see the application at every stage.
- Dedicated telephone line at UCAS, so no delays.
- Gives you control of creating and/or adding the reference, regardless of its source.
- Universities and colleges can easily identify your centre as the source of an application.
- Access to applicant data, for example how many have applied through your centre and where they are in the application process.
- Ability to set your own parameters for applicants applying for certain deadlines, specifically 15 October deadline or 15 January deadline, with the facility to email your students timely reminders.
- Ability to follow applications through the application service with the subscription service.
- Single point of access.
- Permissions access allows you to control staff access and use.
- Viewing of applicant data using the subscription service for Applicant Status Reports giving you a unique snapshot of where your applications are once they have been submitted to UCAS.
- Feedback process to help UCAS make improvements.
- Monthly mailings from UCAS giving you insight into topics such as open days, up-to-date information regarding the application process and a whole host of relevant application information that you can use to pass on to potential students.
- Adviser Track - the subscription service that shows your applicants and their status once they have submitted an application. This service allows you to view where your applicants are, if they have replied or if they are ready to reply, and gives you the ability to email those applicants individually or as a group.
- Access to adviser-only forums, where you can discuss all aspects of the application process, pose questions to other advisers, or raise awareness of changes, upcoming events or impending deadlines.
Once you have registered as a UCAS centre you can benefit from training sessions offered by our Professional Development Team. Find out more about staff training and development opportunities we offer.
The UCAS International Team
If you are an international centre our International Team will be happy to provide any help and guidance you may need. The team is happy to visit member institutions to talk to staff and their agents (when the latter are visiting the UK) and to provide training to local staff, agents, schools and British Council staff when attending international events in various countries.
They also receive many visiting delegations of schools, British Council staff, foreign Embassy staff, university administrators and researchers. Part of the International Team's role is to strengthen links with sector colleagues and to provide input into current issues such as the points-based system (PBS).
Click here to see the international events that we attend
UCAS international agents' 'knowledge workshops'
Each year we run a popular workshop for international agents, where you can learn more about operating successfully as an applicant adviser in UK admissions. Details of our next workshop will appear here shortly.