A new website - created by UCAS – which lets young people apply for courses ranging from A level Maths to an Apprenticeship in Plumbing, has received over 23,000 visitors since launching on 1 October.
UCAS Progress (ucasprogress.com) lets teenagers research post-16 courses close to where they live or further afield, using a selection of simple keywords. It went live as an application system at the start of the month.
Between 1 and 9 October, the site received more than 23,000 visitors and 360,000 page views, with over 100 applications already submitted.
Local authorities and education providers are working closely with the UCAS Progress team to deliver content for the service. It’s free to use at home or in the classroom with the support of teachers. It can also be accessed on mobile devices.
Students can save courses that appeal to them, and share them with friends, family and teachers. With an easy step-by-step guide, young people can work on their application in stages, and track its progress once it’s submitted.
Cathy Gilbert, Director of Customer Strategy at UCAS said: “While the UCAS undergraduate system manages admissions to higher education, UCAS Progress is for younger students. It’s a broad, dynamic service, with options including academic, vocational and training courses.”
Gina Bradbury, Head of UCAS Progress added: “The service has been developed in consultation with all the groups who will be using the system. That means it’s designed to meet the needs of students and the schools, colleges and academies taking them on, as well as the local authorities.
“UCAS Progress has completed the transition from localised AWPs (area wide prospectuses) and CAPs (common application processes), to a unified system capable of delivering comprehensive information on learning opportunities for all young people making choices at Key Stages 4 and 5.
“Whilst currently focusing on the benefits of using UCAS Progress for Key Stage 5 choices, we are excited about the benefits to 11-16 and 11-18 institutions of using Apply to manage internal applications at Key Stage 4.”
Have a look at www.ucasprogress.com today