Our core business remains the full-time undergraduate admissions service. However, progression to higher education is part of a continuum of progression in learning, and higher education providers increasingly want to engage with potential students earlier in their journey. Equally, undergraduate study is itself part of a longer learner journey that includes employment and possibly postgraduate study.
All progression in learning has the potential to increase the pool of people who can benefit from higher education

By embracing a wider perspective of the learner journey, UCAS recognises that there are many pathways to higher education. By connecting with those whose journeys take them to higher education through apprenticeships or employment, or for whom a degree becomes relevant later in life, we can extend our support for non-traditional learners.

UCAS is a charity which exists to deliver public benefit

UCAS’ charitable objects are focused on advancing and assisting the advancement of higher, further and secondary education. We do this through the provision of information and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our Trustees are accountable for ensuring that UCAS’ strategy demonstrably meets these objects and delivers public benefit.