Universities will receive your applications through UCAS, therefore it is important you complete your application correctly with all the relevant information .Your UCAS application is going to highlight your decision to study at University, the qualifications you hold and an opportunity for a teacher/employer to give you a reference.
There are plenty of resources available to assist and guide you through the UCAS process, so it is always useful to utilise these. Below are our 5 top tips to help you successfully complete your UCAS application and to help make the decision process easier for you!
- Research is key
It is VERY important that you have thoroughly done your research in terms of what universities you want to apply for and what courses you want to apply for. Universities will come in all different shapes and sizes, therefore it is important you choose the right one for you! Some things to consider when choosing a university are: courses, location, teaching standards, facilities, accommodation, job opportunities and social life. You will be spending the next 3-4 years at this institution, so make sure you have researched all your options before you make a decision. Every university will be different in terms of the courses they offer. It is always useful to check the modules/units you will be studying, the type of assessments you will have to do and if there are any work experience opportunities.
- Know the important information
As previously mentioned all universities and courses are different. As an applicant it is also important you are aware of other important information. When you are researching and completing your application make sure you are aware of things like: the fees for the course, where you will be studying (if the University has more than one campus), the length of the course and the course type.
- Check your UCAS application regularly
When you are completing your UCAS application remember to regularly check it. Check to see you are completing it correctly and that you have included all the relevant information. Also it is important to check your spelling and grammar on your application, Universities will pick up on errors! Check you have included the correct contact details for yourself and use a professional email addresses. Make sure you include all the relevant qualifications you hold or are currently completing, if you are unsure it is best to ask your teachers or tutors. It is always worth getting someone else to check over your application once it is complete.
- Spend time on your personal statement
One of the most important parts of the UCAS application is your personal statement. This is going to be unique to you and is going to highlight your passion and motivation to study your chosen course .Therefore you need to ensure your personal statement is the best it can be. Expect to have numerous drafts of your statement, before you decide on your final one. Make sure the statement highlights: why you want to study the course, what academic and transferable skills you have and what you are hoping to gain from the university experience. Make sure you get someone to read over your personal statements, sometimes you need a second glance!
- Ask for help and guidance
The UCAS process can be daunting and sometimes you may just need some help! There are plenty of resources available to help you with your UCAS application on online. Alternatively, utilise the support and guidance of teachers, tutors, universities, careers advisors and friends and family.