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We are here to help and support you with your future plans, and this includes if you decide to go to university.

Our Progression to Higher Education Advisor can help you with exploring the different course options available, the application process for UCAS, personal statement writing, student finance loans, accommodation and more.

Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to arrange an appointment.

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How to Apply for UCAS 2023

Looking to apply for 2023 entry? This talk provides an overview of things to think about when researching now, how to apply through UCAS, the process after applying, replying to your offers, and key dates.

What are UCAS Tariff Points?


  • What is the Buzzword?
    The Buzzword for current West Suffolk College students is: westsuffolk23
  • I haven’t finished my course yet, do I still need to put it on my application as a qualification?
    Yes. The universities aren’t mind readers; your application is the only thing they have to go by… If it isn’t on your application, they’re not going to know!
  • When is the deadline to send my application?
    09 December 2022.

    Although UCAS’ official deadline is 25th January, Ellie needs time to check your application, and your Course Directors need to add your predicted grades and references. Therefore, we have this internal deadline to ensure we get every application sent off in time for you.

  • When will I start getting offers?
    If your application has been sent off by the January deadline, institutions have until the end of May 2023 to send you an offer which can be viewed in your UCAS Hub account.
  • When do I apply for Student Finance?

    Student Finance should open around the February/March of the year you are going to university. Therefore, if you are planning to go to university in September 2023, you will need to apply for student finance February/March 2023.

    Applications are made through the Gov website.

  • I’m not sure what course I want to do
    • Start researching early
    • Attend open events
    • If you are still unsure and would like to discuss your options for university, please email your questions to our Progression to HE Advisor, Ellie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Information & Useful Websites

Please see our Progression After College page for parents/carers if you would like information on how to support a young person.