Let's talk about UCAS
If you’re applying to University in 2018 then you’ll no doubt be thinking about starting, or are already in the middle of, your UCAS application.
The equal consideration deadline for submitting your choices to UCAS is January 15 so don’t panic if you haven’t yet started the application process.
Choosing which university to go to and which course you’d like to study may be difficult but applying through UCAS doesn’t have to be - we’ve put together some simple steps to help you get your application completed and submitted with as little stress as possible.
1. Visit UCAS.com
If you haven’t done so already, go to the UCAS online application system and register your details. They also have some handy FAQs and videos to help you with your application.
2. Your details
Once you’ve logged into the system, you’ll need to fill in your personal details. You don’t have to fill in every section all in one go but this should be a fairly straightforward one to get out of the way first.
3. Choose your courses
You can choose up to five different undergraduate courses – you don’t have to have all five but remember it’s always good to have a backup option.
Make sure you’ve researched undergraduate courses in advance to make sure you’re choosing the most suitable course.
4. Enter your education history
You’ll need to enter all your qualifications that you’ve received including GCSEs and vocational qualifications such as BTEC. Most people submit their UCAS applications before they’ve even sat their A Level exams, but you’ll still be expected to include your predicted grades. This will usually be done by your referee.
5. Add any employment history
Work experience can be a vital part of your UCAS application, and where relevant can help to boost your application, particularly if you do not have the necessary qualifications in terms of entry requirements. Even if you are still in full-time education, you can add any part-time jobs that you have held. Any unpaid or voluntary experience can be mentioned in your personal statement.
6. Write a unique, personal statement
The personal statement section is your opportunity to sell yourself to your preferred university. You can use it to showcase your skills and experience, and to highlight your enthusiasm for your chosen course and what you expect to gain from it. Your personal statement should be an extension of your personality – copying and pasting something from Google will be obvious to your tutors and is to be avoided at all costs.
7. Check your application thoroughly
Once you’ve completed all the relevant sections and written your personal statement make sure you thoroughly check it. It can be so easy to miss typos or simple mistakes if you are tired so come back to it a few days later and check it again. Ask a parent, teacher of friend to read through it too.
8. Add your reference
If you are applying through school or college, your reference will be provided by them so you don’t need to worry too much about this section. If you’re applying as an individual you’ll need to provide your own referee which is someone who knows you either academically or professionally.
9. Make your payment
There is a fee for applying through UCAS – if you have made multiple selections your fee will be £24.00 or if you’re only making a single choice it is £13.00.
10. Submit your application
That’s it – if you’re happy that you’ve completed all the above then you can send your application off to UCAS and await your offers.
And now relax…
To find out more about the application process, deadline for applications and entry requirements please visit our How to Apply section.
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