Students should include all qualifications they will attain from secondary school, including those for which they have not yet taken an exam or received results. Also included should be any outstanding credentials that will be sent directly to universities once awarded.
Students should carefully review their application, especially the personal statement and references, for any errors or discrepancies. It may help if someone else reads over it as well.
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The application form
Students will first need to fill in their personal details, before being asked which courses they want to apply for. A comprehensive list of their qualifications from secondary school onwards including exam results and grades should also be provided here, in addition to information regarding how they plan on funding their studies – this section requires much more detail so students should ensure everything is entered accurately while using their real names as noted on official documents.
Students can utilize the UCAS Hub to search for universities and courses, gather references, complete applications, track progress, save work and monitor application status. It is advised for students to create an account with a memorable username and password so they can log-in whenever needed; reminders can also help keep you on schedule.
Once applications have been submitted, students will need to send them off to their chosen universities. Students can select up to five universities (although Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences only allow four) as possible options and should carefully consider each choice made. It’s advisable for applicants to apply only to universities which they consider likely matches their interests while being aware that course selection will depend upon whether or not they meet entrance requirements for each one of these choices.
Personal statements are a key component of UCAS applications, so students must leave enough time and prepare in advance. Students should read out loud their statement to check for spelling and grammar errors; also getting someone else to review it will provide fresh perspective and enable students to discover any embarrassing errors before sending it off.
Students should keep in mind that universities will only accept applications submitted before 26 January as they will only process applications received prior to this deadline. Applications made after this date will enter Clearing, the process by which universities fill unoccupied university spots left unfilled by applicants who submitted their applications before 26 January’s deadline.
The personal statement
Personal statements provide your student with a valuable opportunity to highlight the most vital parts of their application. Admissions tutors want to hear about how passionately your student has embraced his or her chosen field and how this passion has affected his or her life – not forgetting showcasing writing skills and personality! Starting early during summer vacation will allow students to get it right the first time around and feel secure about themselves and their statement.
Students should ensure the opening paragraph of their statement draws in readers immediately. Students should discuss why they want to study their subject, what it means for them and any skills gained as a result of studying it. Students should then explain why they chose A-levels or GCSEs as subjects for further study, along with any results still pending from previous exams taken.
Personal statements should provide details about a student’s work experience, hobbies and other activities relevant to their subject of interest. A student who applies for a music degree could speak about how playing an instrument has helped develop creative abilities needed in that subject area.
As part of their application, it’s advisable for students to include any details that will make them stand out as applicants – for instance, volunteering or participation in community projects can show they possess skills necessary for university courses. Once their statement has been completed and submitted they should state what their plan for their degree post graduation would be.
Students should always proofread their statement carefully – admissions tutors will quickly become disinterested by misspelt words or basic grammatical mistakes, which could reflect poorly on them as university level learners. It would be beneficial for someone else to read it too – be it friends, family or even an advisor as this may help identify any silly errors that slip through.
The reference form
UCAS applications contain an optional reference form for students to present themselves and inform universities why they wish to study their chosen course in their own words. It can also showcase communication and teamwork skills.
When creating your form, it is advisable to include contact fields so that references can be reached in case any questions arise. In addition, include file upload fields as well as options allowing referees to indicate whether they can provide references (or not). Finally, add an extra section that asks referees if they have any further comments or feedback.
If a student is applying to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or Oxford or Cambridge they must submit predicted grades for each course they intend on enrolling in. Teachers or tutors typically predict these grades; once predicted grades have been entered as precise numbers or grades they need to be included as precise references in their application form. If an applicant cannot give predicted grades they must give an explanation in their reference file explaining why.
Students should compile a comprehensive list of their qualifications since secondary school. This should include exam results and grades as well as any pending qualifications – this helps universities and colleges assess whether the student meets entry requirements.
Once a student has submitted their reference form, it should be reviewed carefully for spelling mistakes or any other discrepancies. Additionally, getting another person to read through it could help catch any oversights by the applicant themselves.
Once a reference has been completed, students must certify on the UCAS website a declaration – this ensures they understand why this information is vital and how it will be used as part of their application. UCAS then processes it and sends it along to any universities or colleges chosen by them.
The offer letter
Students who have applied and chosen universities will receive an offer letter with important information such as their name, date of birth, course information and university – in addition to an acceptance/rejection section – listed. It’s essential that they read this carefully to make sure everything is accurate; any discrepancies should be reported immediately so they can rectify it with the institution or college in question.
Attend Open Days at universities you are considering attending; these provide an ideal way of gathering more information on both their courses and academic environment, meeting tutors and fellow students as well as learning more about tutors/instructors and tutor support staff. However, be wary that such events may attempt to entice you to accept offers without critical reflection and asking relevant questions.
It’s crucial that when filling out a UCAS application, all of your qualifications from secondary education onward are listed – even those for which there have been no results yet. This allows universities and colleges to determine whether you meet their entry requirements.
Students can save their progress as they navigate their application, which can be particularly helpful if they do not know all of the answers immediately. They can resume working on it later with more information available to them, using email as an added measure to protect their work if applying to multiple universities at the same time.
As they progress through the application, students will be asked to provide more details regarding their education history and achievements. It may also be worthwhile including work experience relevant to the course being applied for; should universities require further details, this section of their application provides them with that option.
Next step in applying to universities is selecting those you’d like to apply to, typically through UCAS forms. Students should read carefully through each university’s entrance requirements as some require specific grades for admission; then choose up to five of those universities before waiting to hear back from them.