Hey guys, another day and another blog! This one accommodates to student applications on UCAS. I remember how daunting the student application process was when I applied for them only last year. It isn’t as bad as you may think! Read below for my guide into UCAS applications and what happens as you go along.
Look at Universities:
There are SO many universities out there with loads of different courses. You should have a look at about 5-7 universities so you don’t have too many to choose from and you can comfortably choose 5 from that amount.
Pros and Cons:
I went through a pros and cons list of every university I looked at, from their course and what the university offers to what the location was like and how far I would be away from home. This is a good thing to do if you’re unsure about the different universities, and especially if you like lists 😉.
Attend University Open Days:
If you haven’t already, I can’t stress this enough…go to open days! They’re the most effective way to figure out whether you want to go to that university or not.
Do a UCAS Application, Including a Personal Statement:
I know that writing a personal statement will be stressful, and for some of you, you may find it hard to write. Trust me, it will be fine once you start it. It’s one of those things that as soon as you start it, you’ll find it easier. In my opinion, I would write a little bit each day or make a plan on what you want to write it on. Once you’ve completed your personal statement, finish your application with your university choices and submit.
Yes, this is the most agonising bit, seeing whether you’ve got into any of your universities. This can take some time, but that’s okay. The universities will come back with a decision sooner or later before the deadline for making a first and insurance choice. Once you get all 5 of your university offers back, they will be out of 3 decisions: Conditional, unconditional and rejection.
If unfortunately, you don’t get the university you want (I hope you will), there is a clearance system that you can go through once the deadline has passed and you can apply for university through this.
Once you have got University offers back, your next decision is to make one a first and an insurance choice. This may be that if you don’t get exactly the grades you need for the first university, you can get your insurance. I remember when doing this process, my insurance choice had a grade or 2 below my first choice. Once you’ve done exams and got the grades you need/want for the university, they will be notified and let you know whether you got the place.
I hope this blog was helpful and if you need anymore advice on student applications, just leave a comment below or follow this link to UCAS for more help: