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Navigating UCAS 2021:

Updated: May 17

Now is the perfect time for Year 12 students to get ahead with their UK University applications.

Whilst students applying to UK Universities for 2020 are making choices for their Firm and Insurance, the next cycle of applications for 2021 is already starting. This Friday (15th May 2020) the UCAS portal opens for students who wish to apply for September 2021.


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There are 8 straightforward stages to completing your UCAS application.


1. REGISTER

You will need the UCAS buzzword from your school and your personal details to start the process. Once you are into Apply, look through the whole form before you begin to fill anything out, that way there are no hidden surprises.


Remember you don’t have to fill out every section at the same time, do the “admin” ones first and you can go back to the “decision making” ones later.

2. YOUR DETAILS

Make sure you have all the information you need ready to hand – your personal details, address, your school details, passport number, GCSE or other results plus exam boards.


Check you have information for sections such as the 'Additional Information' section which will ask about your parents education and any summer schools etc you have attended.

3. COURSE CHOICES

This is the key section - the five universities and courses you are selecting as your choices of where and what you would like to study. You need to have done lots of research into each university and the courses they offer before you fill in this section and you will need to have an idea of your predicted grades.


The most important thing to remember is to choose something that is going to interest and excite you for the next 3-4 years.


When you enter your choices make sure you double check the course codes on the University website.


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4. EDUCATION HISTORY

This section requires you to input all your GCSE results, and any other qualifications you have. You will also need to enter the exams that you are planning to take the next year. This information is all taken into account by the Universities when they are selecting students to make sure they have the right academic profile and subject combinations.


You will need to have information to hand, about your exam boards and your School Centre number for this section.


5. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Any paid work experience should be entered here, even if does not seem relevant. Anything you have done will demonstrate your dedication, determination, and diligence.


Do not include work experience or voluntary work here – this can be included in your personal statement.


6. PERSONAL STATEMENT

This is the one opportunity that you get to “speak” to the Admissions tutor. It is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge, enthusiasm and suitability to study your chosen course and why they should pick you! The Personal Statement is your chance to demonstrate your skills, what drives you, your reasons for selecting your courses, and any background you have which reinforces this.


The same personal statement goes to all five universities. It is only 4000 characters so it needs to be a very tight and compelling piece of writing!


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7. REFERENCES

The final stage is asking someone to be your referee. Normally this will be one of your teachers. They will write a reference for you about your academic performance and your school career. Make sure you have a conversation with your referee, so they have a rounded picture of who you are and what your goals and aspirations are. The referee will also be responsible for entering your predicted grades. This section is normally completed after you have submitted your form to the school.


Top Tips

  • Research, research, research! You need to know exactly what you are applying to study and which university is going to be the best fit for you.

  • Leave yourself plenty of time, always start much earlier than you need to, then you will have time to go back and check you have entered everything correctly.

  • Triple check every section then leave your application for a few days before coming back to it with fresh eyes.

  • University is a fantastic opportunity for personal growth, academia, and preparing you for life beyond studying. UCAS may seem like a big hurdle to tackle before you reach university, but following these clearly laid out steps will ensure you complete your application successfully and in plenty of time.

Good luck!

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