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UCAS developments/admissions review . Tony Charlton Professional Development Executive. 2012 – the story so far. Applications: September 13,381 October 85,536 November 138,638 December 156,276 January 202,550 February 8,324 March 14532 April 7397 May 7510 Total 597,473.

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ucas developments admissions review
UCAS developments/admissions review

Tony Charlton

Professional Development Executive

2012 the story so far
2012 – the story so far...


September 13,381

October 85,536

November 138,638

December 156,276

January 202,550

February 8,324

March 14532

April 7397

May 7510

Total 597,473

540,073 applicants by 15January (7.4% down on 2011)

some interesting facts about applications
Some interesting facts about applications...


  • Just 2.6% drop in 18 year olds ( as opposed to 11% drop in mature students)
  • International applications up by 10.5% – 53,252 in total


  • Over 83,000 second-time applicants
  • More than 4,000 applicants received no offers from any of their five choices
2012 applications by subject choice
2012 applications by subject choice

Source: 15 January 2012 applications digest (30/01/2012)

2013 apply
2013 Apply
  • It went live on Tuesday 12 June
  • It is anticipated that over 100,000 applicants will register by third week in July 2012
minimal changes for 2012 13
Minimal changes for 2012/13
  • Applicant fee rising to £23 and £12
  • Additional options listed for activities in preparation for HE
  • New info page on student finance for EU and international students (area of permanent residence outside UK)
  • Staff Apply warning message if no qualifications are entered
ucas progress
UCAS Progress

Connecting young people

to learning


ucas progress introduction
UCAS Progress - Introduction
  • Planned to be a ‘one-stop’ index of education

and training opportunities

  • Developed in conjunction with 11-16 and 11-18

schools and academies, colleges and work-based learning providers, as well as local authorities

  • 88 Local Authority areas involved (England &


features and benefits
Features and benefits
  • Single online course directory – no LA boundaries
  • Supports initiatives like Raising Participation Age (RPA) and September Guarantee
  • Designed to provide information and support to young people through the key stages from the age of 13
our vision
Our vision
  • To be the hub of impartial information encouraging and supporting young people to progress
  • Resources and information for young people, parents, teachers and advisers
  • Rich use of supporting material: manuals, lessons plans, video and brochures
what s happening in 2012
What’s happening in 2012?

February – April

April – May


Consultation with all stakeholders

Analysis & reporting

UCAS Board

Online responses


Final recommendations for new QI system

In June 2012, the QIR team will present the final version of the proposed model to the UCAS board, supported by feedback gained during the consultation. If the board approves the recommendations then it is anticipated that initial QIPs would be available by September 2013 and that existing Tariffed qualifications would also be given an SDS rating by this date.

consultation and applicant survey responses
Consultation and applicant survey responses
  • 454 consultation responses were received across a broad cross section of the sector
  • 11,164 survey responses were also received from current year applicants about the APR proposals
  • Institutions have discussed the issues thoroughly and at the highest level before responding

Consultation responses by source

Source: UCAS Response Analysis

The responses were detailed and showed great insight

challenges raised about post results applications
Challenges raised about post-results applications
  • Compression of key activities - exams, marking and HEI decision making
  • Loss of teaching time
  • Lack of time for HEI and applicant relationship building
  • Loss of motivational effect of offers
  • Lack of school support over the summer
  • Insufficient time to prepare for entering HE
  • UCAS is not recommending a move to post-results applications
proposals that received strong support
Proposals that received strong support
  • myUCAS web portal
  • More mandatory fields and data validation
  • Uploading documents, including portfolios
  • Extend the ABL
  • Improved terminology
  • Better guidance for referees
  • E-forms and paperless processing
  • Improved facility to provide feedback
  • CI visibility of the CF’s conditions
  • Improved information capture and data quality
  • Central data capture for third parties – UKBA, SLC
proposals that will not be implemented
Proposals that will not be implemented
  • A post-results admissions model
  • A reduction in choices
  • Moving the 15 January equal consideration deadline
  • Changing the branding of Apply or Extra
next steps
Next steps
  • UCAS will embark on a programme of continuous improvement
  • Agree and establish a cross-sector governance framework to oversee and guide improvements, including:

o Advisory Board

o Working Groups

snc 2012

International applicants

numbers not limited

because no UK govt. finance

SNC 2012




  • 8%
  • with
  • excepts
  • < 50
  • SIVs
  • Spclist
  • recruits







Core numbers Home/EU

allocated by HEFCE

limited because UK govt.

finance required



bid for if

high quality

< £7,500

  • Qualifications information Review:
      • Richard Spencer – r.spencer@ucas.ac.uk
  • Admissions Review:
    • Tammy Long – t.long@ucas.ac.uk
have you booked ucas to visit your centre
Have you booked UCAS to visit your Centre?

Bookings now being

taken for Sept 2012 - July 2013