Go on a student-led tour
It’s not too late to visit the universities that you’re considering before the UCAS deadline. Have you thought about signing up for a student-led tour?
This gives you the opportunity to explore where you could be potentially studying and making friends, ask any questions that your teachers and parents may not be able to answer, and get a real feel for the city you’ll be visiting.
How to complete your UCAS application
You've decided where you'd like to apply and which course(s) you're interested in studying, but how do you apply to go to university? That's where we introduce UCAS!
Once you’ve registered here are the sections you’ll need to complete:
- Personal details – who are you and how can UCAS get in contact with you.
- Student finance – UCAS doesn’t supply finance but they can share your details with the organisation you’re applying to.
- Course choices – you’ve got up to 5 choices to play with.
- Education history – this is where you enter your qualifications and predicted grades.
- Employment history – have you had a job or done any volunteering?
- Personal statement – this is where you show off.
- Referee & application fee – the final step before you can send UCAS your application.
Write your Personal Statement
How do you sell yourself in 4,000 characters? It might seem daunting at first but this is really where you can show off! Remember: universities are looking for YOU, not just your BRAIN!
Top tip: get a friend or a family member to just chat to you about why you want to study your course, what hobbies you take part in, why you have a part time job – and the list could go on. While you’re chatting away, they can write notes down about what you’ve spoken about which can provide you with a starting point.
Your teachers at Sixth Form or College are always there to help you as well with coming up with what to write about in a personal statement.
Read our 10 Personal Statement fails (and how to fix them!) blog for more ideas.
Would you like some more help?
Applying to university can be a rollercoaster of emotions and you can experience it all within one day sometimes. From the excitement to looking around a university at an open day to the worry about what to write in your personal statement, we totally understand that sometimes you just need a helping hand.
For whichever way you’re feeling today, check out some advice - and fun bits - we’ve picked out for you.