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How to apply through UCAS

Posted 12 December 2013
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There are always questions, mainly for international students, about the UCAS website and university application, and I have to admit that it is quite confusing. But hopefully after reading this article you will find it easier to understand - applications for UK universities must be made through the UCAS website, but there are a few other things that you should know too.

There are always questions, mainly for international students, about the UCAS website and university application, and I have to admit that it is quite confusing. But hopefully after reading this article you will find it easier to understand - applications for UK universities must be made through the UCAS website, but there are a few other things that you should know too.

You will need to write a personal statement. This is where you introduce yourself to the universities you have chosen. It is your chance to tell them why you are right for the course so that they choose you over other applicants. This is extremely important, mainly for competitive courses in top universities as a good personal statement will distinguish you from other applicants with the same grades and really make the difference between being accepted or not. It is a complex process so I advise you start on this early.

You have 5 university choices, that is, you can apply for 5 courses and/or universities and usually two of them are safety choices, meaning, universities that ask for lower grades than your predicted grades. The deadline for applications to be sent off is at the beginning of January so you will only have the first year grades if you’re doing A-level or the first term grades if you’re doing Foundation. Thus, teachers will predict your final grades and they will be sent to universities together with your previous grades. Therefore it is really important to attend classes and to do all the homework and class work properly, so that the predicted grades truly reflect your work. Not sure what type of university to choose? Read on

If you´re applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or for any course at Oxford or Cambridge the deadlines are earlier, usually in mid-October, so you must work on your personal statement during the summer. You should never underestimate the importance of the ‘PS’. 

On the UCAS website you can find information on any course at any university in the UK and you should use it to find the entry requirements (what grades and English level you must have to be able to receive an offer although it is not guaranteed that if you have the grades you’ll get an offer as it also depends on other aspects/criteria). Usually there is also information about the course itself and its fees but if this isn’t available you should go to the university website where you can find all the information needed.

To have a strong application you should not only get good grades but also show universities how much you love the subject or subjects (if you’re applying for a joint degree). The only way you can truly show this is by doing extra-curricular activities and get involved in events relevant to your subject. For medicine courses, work experience is extremely important. Good grades alone will not get you an offer for competitive courses. You ought to do things outside school that demonstrate how passionate and enthusiastic you are about the subject and it is also very important that you are able to pass that idea through your PS. On your application you should also include your previous year’s grades - the grades you had in your own country or at GCSE level if you studied in the UK. Then, together with your application, your tutor will attach a reference letter to recommend you (or not) for those universities. At Bellerbys International College, you’ll be given a tutor at the beginning of the year and he/she will help you throughout your application so don’t worry, you will not be alone during this process and will always be supported.

Last but not least, I’d like to sincerely wish you all good luck if you are sending off your application soon and don’t worry, in the end you’ll all be very happy with your personal statement and your application I promise you. After all it is not rocket science. Hope you find this useful.

Raquel Oliveira 

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