Applications to University

Achieve good AS results

The first focus for a student wanting to attend university is to achieve good results in their AS examinations – these help inform universities about a student’s current attitude towards their learning far more than a personal statement or a reference from the school or even their GCSE results. Universities sometimes use AS results as the “first sieve” if they have a lot of applicants.  It is important that you are realistic about what grades you can achieve when deciding which universities to apply to.

Decide on a course

Some students will already have a clear idea about what they want to study. Organising work experience or working voluntarily for an employer in your desired industry will help to ensure that the course you are undertaking is right for you.

Personal Statement

One key area of your UCAS application is that you are required to write a personal statement about yourself and why you want to study your particular chosen course at University.  It is therefore vital that you get involved in extra-curricular activities in school e.g. mentoring younger students, helping with House Competitions, charity events etc.  Ideally, your leadership experience and volunteering should relate to the course you want to study.  For example, if you are aiming to complete an Event’s Management Degree, organising a charity event would be very relevant.  If you wanted to pursue a degree course in Accountancy, Business or Economics, mentoring a student or attending this department’s open evenings as a Student Ambassador would be very beneficial to your application.  Your volunteering will allow you to demonstrate leadership qualities, good communication skills, responsibility and reliability etc. All of this can then be mentioned in your personal statement and tutor’s reference.

Key Dates:

June 2017

Attend Higher University Super Convention

July 2017

Write Personal Statement

September – December

Complete study skills and induction workshops to maximise your chance of A-Level success, begin your chosen leadership volunteering

September - March

Complete Employability for Life Plus Charter Award including completing a Curriculum Vitae, research universities and courses

March-June

Complete your University application personal statement with guidance from staff.

15th September 2017

2017 Oxbridge university internal application deadline to Director of Sixth Form, Mrs O’Reilly

13th October 2017

All other Universities university internal application deadline to Director of Sixth Form, Mrs O’Reilly

Visit some universities

Universities have open days throughout the summer. You can check their individual websites for exact dates. Aim to visit at least 2 or 3 to get an idea of what it is actually like to be in different locations e.g. a university in a city or on a campus outside of town. All students will attend The Higher Education Super Convention in June which may help you make some decisions as there are talks about studying different courses.

 

The best way to check that a university is right for you is to go to an open day

 

https://www.opendays.com/

Guidance of top universities for each subject

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

Guidance to universities by subject and statistics on student satisfaction

https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2017/may/16/university-league-tables-2018

2018 ratings of the top 50 universities in the UK

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/complete-university-guide-reveals-its-top-uk-universities-2018

Students can enter their predicted grades and preferred course and the website will suggest University options

https://www.whatuni.com/degrees/courses/

Independent advice on universities and subject choices

https://university.which.co.uk/

Further guidance and links from cegnet

University and Employment Links

UCAS

http://search.ucas.com/

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