To support the diversity of learners and promote the inclusivity of higher education, UCAS publishes a growing portfolio of information and advice about qualification and subject choices, and learning and career opportunities. At UCAS.com, learners can explore undergraduate and postgraduate options, apply for teaching courses and conservatoires, and consider their post-16 choices with UCAS Progress. There is specific content to support students in diverse individual circumstances, such as mature learners, care leavers and disabled students; the Toolkit for students with individual needs outlines how learners can access support for important issues including finances, accommodation, and wellbeing.
The widening participation pages explain how UCAS supports national and regional goals around widening access and social mobility. UCAS aims to make sure admissions processes minimise any barriers to learners from less represented groups, and supports the efforts of universities and colleges to broaden their intake. For example:
- The UCAS Tariff now includes Access to HE qualifications.
- We provide a contextual data service for providers.
- We publish analysis and insight about progress in closing gaps in applications, offers and acceptances between different groups.
- We have developed an analytical service (STROBE) which enables organisations to evaluate effectiveness of activities intended to widen participation