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Applying For University in 2018

Applying for university in 2018

It’s that time of year again. If you are thinking of applying for university in 2018 then it’s time to start laying the ground work.

Some key UCAS dates to put in your diary

Applying for university in 2018

15th October – Deadline for Oxford and Cambridge applications and also most medical, veterinary and dentistry courses.

15th January – Deadline for most undergraduate courses


Choosing what to study at university

Ultimately it is up to you what subject you choose to study at university. Remember though that you will be dedicating yourself to this subject for three years. If you already have an idea what kind of field you want to work in or career that you want to have then this should be relatively easy. If you have no idea then it really is a good idea to see an adviser or look at career profiles to discover what kind of thing might suit you.  If you have access to Kudos then you could discover the career options that suit you, or you could take a look at the articles and back issues of Moving On to find out about different career options.

Choosing where to study

Going to university is exciting and it is also a big choice. There is so much to look at, including what the university itself is like, what the surrounding area is like, what courses the university offers and what the lecturers are like.

Once you have an idea of the subject that you want to study you can begin the task of narrowing down your choices.

  1. Find out which universities offer the subject that you are interested in
  2. You may be able to eliminate some options straight away based on location and also your predicted grades
  3. Begin looking at course details. Just because the subject is the same doesn’t mean that the courses offered are. You need to look at the detail that is provided in the modules section. This will give you a much better idea of what will be covered through the course, what you will learn and how this fits with your own career aspirations.
  4. Remember to look at things like how the course is delivered – contact hours, assessment methods, whether you will be expected to give lots of presentations or do lots of group work, whether there is a work experience element etc.
  5. Visit! – Open Events are absolutely vital to get a real feel for the university, the area, the accommodation and the staff. They also provide an additional opportunity to ask questions.

Find out more

Writing a personal statement

The UCAS tariff system

A guide to university open days

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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