Definition of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

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(abbreviation UCAS)
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the organization that deals with students wanting to apply to study at British universities and colleges. Students must complete a special form, on paper or on the Internet, and may apply to a maximum of six institutions. Each institution then considers the requests and may offer students places. The organization also publishes The Big Guide (University and College Entrance: The Official Guide), which lists all the courses available at British universities and colleges, and gives information about them. The only university that does not take part in the UCAS service is the Open University. note at higher education