Higher education form change for Armed Forces families

Students applying for 2023 entry to higher education will be now able to declare if they are from a UK Armed Forces family.

The question is not compulsory and has been included so that universities and colleges have a better understanding of how many students from military families they have. It will also enable them to put more support in place to help these students to develop further.

AFF Employment & Training Specialist, Lucy Ritchie, said: “This is to help universities recognise the impact a Service child’s life may have on their time leading up to higher education study, and to encourage the university to ensure support is in place for those who may need it.”

Full details and FAQs are available on the UCAS website.



    Hi Vicky, for Masters and other postgraduate courses, applications are made directly to the provider or university for the course. In this situation, the Armed Forces family question would not be available as it only features on the UCAS form for undergraduate applications. The UCAS question is only applicable to service children, and not to spouses or partners of military personnel; however UCAS does advise that spouses and partners should use their personal statement to put their situation into context. As such, when applying for a postgraduate level course, you could use part of your personal statement in the same way.

    Further information for students with an Armed Forces connection can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/individual-needs/students-uk-armed-forces-background#spouses-and-partners-of-uk-armed-forces-personnel

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