Below you will find an outline of the UCAS application process, including deadline dates and a brief overview of the application form and key terms which you may encounter.

All students will be issued with a Trinity UCAS Handbook in June, which contains further information for students and parents. A copy of this is available to download on the Sixth Form Resources page. 

If you have any queries about the UCAS application process or your son or daughters applications, please contact Miss Patten on 01322441371 or

30th September - First draft of personal statement to be handed in to Form Tutor

15th October (6pm) - Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine Application Deadline

8th January - All applications must be with the Sixth Form team for checking

15th January (6pm) Final application deadline


- Considering what course and what university to apply for
- Attending university open days
- Looking at university websites or prospectuses’
- Attending taster days at universities


- Completing the UCAS application form on
- Writing a Personal Statement
- Obtaining a Reference
- Applying for up to 5 universities


- Universities respond with a conditional or unconditional offer or a no offer
- When all universities have made an offer a firm and insurance choice are selected


- On A-Level results day the firm choice university will make an unconditional offer provided all entry criteria have been met (if firm choice criteria not met, insurance choice may make an unconditional offer)
- If an unconditional offer is not made for firm or insurance choice then the applicant will be entered into Clearing


Key Terms

Apply: the UCAS online application system for applying for higher education courses.


Clearing: a system used towards the end of the academic cycle. If you have not secured a place, it enables you to apply for course vacancies.


Conditional offer: an offer made by a university, whereby you must fulfil certain criteria before you can be accepted on the course.


Entry Profiles: comprehensive information about individual courses and institutions, including statistics and entry requirements. Entry profiles are found on Course Search at

Exam Board: an organisation that sets exam questions and is responsible for marking them and distributing results; also known as examination board, awarding organisation, or awarding body.

Firm offer: the offer that you have accepted as your first choice

HE: higher education

Institution: a university or college offering higher education courses

Insurance offer: the offer that you have accepted as your second choice, n case you do not meet the requirements for your firm offer.


Oxbridge: a term used for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge


Personal Statement: an essay of 4000 characters (with spaces) or 47 lines stating your interest in your chosen course and why you would be suitable


Reference: a statement written by a member of staff to support your application and suitability for the course


Track: a system where you can track the progress of your application at, reply to any offers received, and make certain amendments, for example a change of address or email.


Unconditional offer: an offer given to you by a university if you have satisfied the criteria and can attend the course.


Unsuccessful: you have not been accepted by the university concerned.


Withdrawal: either you or a university cancels a choice before a decision has been made – a reason will be included if the withdrawal was issued by an institution.