General Information

OOP Case
In order to apply to university, students must submit a single application via UCAS' online application service. Candidate students can apply for up to five university courses by a single online application.
Short summary
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS /ˈjuːkɑːs/) is a UK-based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities. It operates as an independent charity, funded by fees charged to applicants and to universities, plus advertising income, and was formed in 1992 through the merger of the former university admissions system UCCA and the former polytechnics admissions system PCAS.
Services provided by UCAS include several online application portals, a number of search tools and free information and advice directed at various audiences, including students considering higher education, students with pending applications to higher education institutes, parents and legal guardians of applicants, school and Further Education college staff involved in helping students apply and providers of higher education (universities and HE colleges).
While UCAS is best known for its undergraduate application service (the main UCAS scheme), it also operates a number of other admissions services:
- Conservatoires UK Admissions Service (CUKAS) – for performing arts at a UK conservatoire
- UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) – for postgraduate teacher training schemes
- UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) – for some postgraduate courses
- UCAS Progress – for post-16 education and training
Start date
United Kingdom
Nature and status of project
Rolled Out
Is the OOP case/enabler mandatory?


Political commitment
Data Protection Act,

UCAS is a charity that provides the undergraduate admissions service for the UK. To provide this service, we collect personal data from over 700,000 applicants each year. We take our responsibilities around data seriously and fully comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act
Socio-cultural influence factors
UCAS uses personal information and share it with its partners such as universities in secure manner. This includes maintaining Information Security standards in line with the international standard ISO 27001:2013.
Also they make sure that third parties who use this personal information, are committed to keep them safe and secure. Thought some of services and suppliers of UCAS are based outside of EU(EEA), they always make sure that all personal information which are handle either inside or outside of EU in a safe manner consistent with the requirements of the PDA. Under the PDA students have right to ask UCAS for a copy of their information or request to edit, delete or stop using of their personal information.
UCAS provide outstanding data and analysis which are free to use by universities and government.


Type of data sharing
Actual data
Data handler
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Stakeholder category
Stakeholder name
Private Universities
Stakeholder category
Stakeholder name
Public Universities
Stakeholder category
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UCAS Organisation
Stakeholder category
citizens should apply online in UCAS website.
web-link is a web-based service used to manage data and institution requirements and contacts. It can be used stand-alone or with any of the other online data transfer services. It must be used for updating applications data by providers who do not have any other online methods.
Lessons learned
To support candidate students UCAS publish a growing portfolio of information and advice about qualification and subject choices on their website, alongside information about learning and career opportunities, and specific content for mature learners, care leavers and disabled students. UCAS aim to make sure admissions processes minimise any barriers to candidate students from less represented groups, and support the efforts of universities and colleges to broaden their intake. For example:
• the UCAS Tariff now includes Access to HE qualifications
• we offer a contextual data service
• we publish analysis and insight about progress in closing gaps in applications, offers and acceptances between different groups
• we offer an analytical service (STROBE) which enables organisations to evaluate effectiveness of activities intended to widen participation