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I’ve not started my UCAS application yet

Three years (or four or five years for some degrees) is a long time when you’re potentially leaving home for the first time and committing yourself to a course, so it’s important to make the right decision about what and where to study.

Take a look at our top tips for picking the right course and filling in your UCAS form.

What to study

If you can’t decide which course to study, have a think about what you like studying now, or what you are naturally good at. This will give you a good chance of sticking at and really enjoying the course you choose to study at university.

Which are your favourite subjects at school/college?

If you have a real aptitude for English, maths or another subject you studied at school/college and want to learn more, then sometimes this is all the reason you might need to pick this as your degree subject.


Or consider studying a subject you’ve not had the opportunity to study before but which is linked to those you’re good at and enjoy. Make sure you think about what sort of careers your subject choice could lead to as well.

How would you feel about studying a new subject?

One of the best things about going to university is that it opens doors to study all sorts of subjects you may never have considered or even encountered before. Check out the UCAS course finder to explore thousands of undergraduate course options and filter on the criteria most important to you.

Do you have a particular career path in mind?

For entry on to some degree courses, institutions may ask for specific A-levels, GCSEs or other subject combinations. And some professions require a degree in a certain subject, so it’s worth finding out subject requirements now for any particular careers you’re interested in.

It also makes sense to try and stand out from the crowd, so why not explore work experience opportunities that might give you an edge when applying for more competitive courses at university or for your dream job after university?

Completing your UCAS application form

Once you’ve decided what to study, you’ll need to create an account with UCAS and then complete your application form. Go through the form, one section at a time, and then double check it all again.

One of the most important parts of the form is the Personal Statement. We know (because we read thousands of them every year) how much work goes into writing the perfect Personal Statement. But we also know that a bit of extra help and advice never does any harm so we’ve included some of our own tips below:

Getting started

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part so try creating a mind map, record your ideas or jot down a simple list – use whatever works for you.

Map out your statement

Then map out a structure for your Statement – it’ll help to make sure you’ve covered everything:

  • Why this course? Relate your Personal Statement to course requirements to show you understand what is expected.
  • What makes you right for the course? What skills and experience can you bring? It’s not just about what qualifications you have, it’s also about how you fit the course and how it’s suited to you.
  • What makes you different? Think about work experience, volunteering or societies you belong to. Don’t just focus on your academic skills because admissions tutors want to see evidence of the person outside the classroom.
  • Tell us again. Sum up all of the above and show us you’re ready to embark on university life.

Back up what your saying

Use lots of examples to back up what you’re saying, making sure that what you say reflects you and your commitment to study your chosen subject.

Be honest

Universities want to see the real you to make sure that you and the course are right for each other.

Ask for help

From parents, teachers and friends. They might be able to jog your memory on something you’ve not thought of.

Get it proof-read

Get someone to proof read and check your spelling. We can’t stress this one enough. First impressions count and a fresh pair of eyes can often spot mistakes that you might miss.