Reforming admissions

UCAS is supportive of continual improvement to admissions, having continually reformed our service to better support students. Innovations recently introduced by UCAS include:

  • UCAS Hub – a personalised information and advice dashboard that provides students with the tools and information they need to start their journey to higher education
  • Decline my place – a service that provides students with total control over their application choices
  • Clearing Plus – a data-led system that intelligently suggests courses to students based on their preferences, circumstances, and achieved grades

We look forward to further exploration of how we can improve students' experiences, and to working with our customers and the wider sector to shape potential reforms.

We welcome the Department for Education’s consultation on UK HE admissions and the opportunities it brings for a sector wide focus on improving outcomes for students. Our focus is ensuring any reform improves fairness for all students, and maximising the associated benefits, including:

  • Helping students make the right decision for them – presenting students with more dynamic and personalised information about traditional and evolving HE routes and pathways to enable them to explore all post-18 possibilities.
  • Strengthening aspiration – a system that enables students to confidently make aspirational choices and exercise choice with minimal risk.  
  • Driving transparency – leveraging data and insight to build understanding and trust. 
  • Embedding efficiency – unlocking provider efficiencies to enable resource to be directed at activities which deliver true value for students. 
  • Accessibility – simplification of the admissions journey to increase ease of use for domestic and international students alike.

Whether delivered through continual incremental enhancements, substantive reform, or a combination of both, we believe that through continued consultation, conversation and collaboration these benefits can be realised.

UCAS admissions model

We’ve engaged with the sector and customers to review the way reform could work practically, while improving fairness for students. Below is an illustration of a model we support – and will continue to work with customers and the sector to evolve during the current consultation period.

If you’re not already a customer or stakeholder we work closely with and would like to be part of our engagement forums, sign up and we’ll contact you with details of how you can get involved.
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