If you’re looking to continue your education after UTC Warrington, then you may well be thinking of going on to University. This could give you an employability advantage too, especially if you’re going to be studying an industry-relevant subject with high technical content. 

Students who want to progress on to university will need to apply through UCAS. Universities will advertise their degrees through their websites and UCAS. Throughout the year, there will also be the opportunity to visit universities during their open days and attend a number of guest lectures by Higher Education institutions.

Once a student has applied through UCAS they will be able to track their application and offers from their chosen universities.

We understand that applying to UCAS can be stressful for both student and parent. We offer UCAS drop-in sessions throughout the year to help guide you through the application process and talk about all options).

Key Benefits

  • Wider employment opportunities.
  • Positive impact on society.
  • Graduate salaries.
  • Learn to become independent.
  • Cultural and social experiences.

Levels of Study

Entry Requirements / UCAS

The UCAS tariff is a score system to help university staff compare the different qualifications people may be applying with. Most universities use the UCAS system to decide which students to let in. You get UCAS points when you pass a qualification like an A-level or BTEC – the number of points you get depends on the grade you achieve.

Some universities are flexible when it comes to entry requirements. If you’ve found a course you’re not sure you’ll get onto, call up the admissions team and explain your predicted grades and subjects as well as a bit about yourself, asking whether they would consider your application.

Although points matter, there will usually be other conditions. Subject-specific degrees may ask for UCAS points in a certain qualification. For example, an Engineering degree course is likely to ask for a BTEC in Engineering at Level 3 / college.

Do universities accept BTECs?

  • 95% of universities in the UK accept BTEC qualifications, including competitive universities from the Russell Group. More than 50% of 20- to 30-year-olds going on to higher education have progressed via studying a BTEC
  • Nearly all universities accept BTECs in relevant subject areas, similar to how they would with equivalent A Level qualifications
  • BTEC students can often be better prepared in terms of the independent studying that’s required at degree level, due to the portfolio-based nature of BTEC courses. The time management and self-organisation you’ll pick up on a BTEC course can also give you an added edge.

How to Apply

  • Know the deadlines
    Make sure you know the UCAS application deadlines and any course-specific information.


  • Decide what you want
    This will include researching what you would like to study, where you would like to study, your grade expectations, the amount of contact time with your tutor and class groups, your ideal study/life balance, employment prospects, and any other important factors.


  • Attend open days
    When it comes to knowing how to find the right university, open days are great! If you’re undecided about going to university, talking to students and tutors, and checking out the vibe, is a great way to help you make up your mind.


  • Complete your UCAS application
    The UCAS application form is long, and contains a lot of tick boxes and drop down menus. Your UCAS application form is a legal document, where you have to declare all your qualifications – this means you can’t leave out that dodgy GCSE result or the AS you decided to drop. Double check with your teacher if you are unsure of anything – but always read through one final time before you send it off!


  • Keeping in touch after the deadline
    t’s all too easy to miss the letter or email from your uni asking about your preferences for accommodation – and then finding yourself without anywhere to live in September.

Further Guidance