Higher education – Choosing and applying for a course
Finding a course and a university/college
Before you start looking for a course, please read the article Higher education – Universities and colleges for guidance on choosing a reputable institution, plus the article Higher education – Courses and qualifications.
On this Education UK website, you can search through thousands of higher education courses at reputable universities and colleges. Simply choose Higher education from the Find your UK education tool at the top of the page and start looking! Use the filters to pick courses that suit you.
Education UK covers the vast majority of UK higher education courses on offer, but not all (we are working on it!). On the UK government website there is a list of other places to search for reputable universities and colleges: www.gov.uk/higher-education-courses-find-and-apply.
Applying for a course
For undergraduate courses, you can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can find out about application deadlines here, and watch this short guide to filling in your application:
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For postgraduate courses, many universities and institutions handle their own application processes, and you can often apply directly via their website.
Some institutions use the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) scheme. You can see which institutions are part of the scheme and find out more at the UKPASS website. You can apply using the UKPASS service at any time as there are no deadlines. However, your preferred universities and colleges may have their own closing dates, so you'll need to check with them before you apply.
The Conservatoires UK Admissions Service (CUKAS) operates a separate application system for undergraduate and postgraduate practice-based music courses, and some dance and drama courses. You can find out more information and apply online by visiting the CUKAS website.
The Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) operates a separate application system for graduates who want to take postgraduate teacher training courses at most universities and colleges of higher education in England, Scotland and Wales. You can find out more information and apply online at the GTTR website.