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You still have to apply through UCAS

There always seems to be a number of people who want to apply for a university degree, but who do not want to use UCAS, the national centralised admissions service that all universities use. All of Bradford’s undergraduate applications are processed by them; we only deal with direct applications for postgraduate courses. An example of a conversation with a person reluctant to use them might go like this:

Student:
I’d like an application form for x.
Me:
For undergraduate courses, you’ll need to apply through UCAS.
Student:
But I’m an international student.
Me:
You still have to apply through UCAS.
Student:
But UCAS is slow, I want my application to be processed directly.
Me:
You still have to apply through UCAS.
Student:
But I’m only applying to study here, not anywhere else.
Me:
You still have to apply through UCAS.
Student:
But applying through UCAS costs money!
Me:
You still have to apply through UCAS.
Student:
But couldn’t you just make an exception for me?
Me:
You still have to apply through UCAS.
Student:
But…

They usually get the point after a while.

2 Comments

  1. Be thankful – I know someone applying to study a 1 year PG taught course who has to go through PAC (like UCAS) and you have to pay £20 for that. For one course application. Unbelievable.
    At least UK PGs aren’t that bad. I think.