Here is some key information for getting through the university application process, including dates, costs and writing your personal statement.
If you have just collected your AS-level results then you may be getting ready to make your university choices and apply through https://www.ucas.com/UCAS for entry in 2017.
Key UCAS dates
Applications can be submitted from the 6th September but the chances are, you are applying though your school and so they will guide you through the process at their pace. There are some key dates that you must meet though and these are:
If you are applying to Oxford, Cambridge or for a medical, dentistry or veterinary course you will need to meet the October 15th 2016 deadline.
The deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses is the 15th January 2017.
The deadline for many arts courses is the 24th March 2017.
University Application Costs
When you begin your application process you will need to pay a fee. This will be £13 if you only apply for one course and £24 if you are applying for more than one (you can choose five).
Your Personal Statement
For many students the hardest part of the application process is writing a personal statement. Your personal statement needs to explain why you are applying and what makes you a good candidate. It’s a good idea to check the course descriptions as these will reference the qualities and skills they look for; you can then highlight the interests, skills and achievements that you have which match these. Make sure that your personal statement is your own and proofread it carefully to check the grammar, punctuation and spelling are correct.
Firm and Insurance University Places
When you get your offers in, you will select your firm or first choice and also choose an insurance place. Make sure that you don’t choose five courses that all have the same entry requirements otherwise, if you miss out on the grades for your first choice you won’t have anywhere to go. It’s a good idea when selecting your choices to include one that is your best case scenario choice alongside others that will allow for perhaps a slight dip in your expected grades, that way you’ll have everything covered. For example, if you are predicted BCC you might want to include courses with entry requirements that range between BBC and CCC.