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UCAS - APPLYING ONLINE

Registering

You will be applying online via the UCAS website using the APPLY service. You need to register. Mrs Fleet will inform you of the buzzword. 

The process will then generate your username and you can create your own password. (PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THESE).

Personal Details

This should be straightforward and the website does have dropdown information boxes to help you.

Please note the following:

  • Residential Category – you are all category A

  • Fee Code – you will almost certainly be category 02

Choices

You can choose up to FIVE courses to apply for. These are automatically arranged in alphabetical order and each of these institutions is sent a copy of your application with the choices section removed (they do not know where else you have applied).

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and science applicants can only make FOUR choices and one other course.

Remember if you are taking a Gap Year you should still apply this year and defer your entry as it may be difficult to apply or accept offers if you are abroad.

Education

You need to record all of your qualifications and exam boards – check your certificates for this information. You will also need to enter all of the examinations you will be sitting in year 13 and enter the grade as ‘pending’. How many courses to apply for?

Personal Statement

Course descriptions mention the qualities, skills and experience it’s useful to have for each subject – take note of these to help you decide what to write about.

Remember it’s the same personal statement for all the courses you apply to, so avoid mentioning universities and colleges by name. Most students choose similar subjects, but if you’ve chosen a variety, just write about common themes – like problem solving or creativity.

How to write it

Feel free to use the UCAS personal statement mind map and personal statement worksheet for planning your personal statement – see links below.

There’s no definite formula to follow – just take your time and follow these guidelines.

Structure your information to reflect the skills and qualities the universities and colleges value most.

Write in an enthusiastic, concise and natural style – with nothing too complex.

Try to stand out, but be careful with humour, quotes or anything unusual – just in case the admissions tutor doesn’t have the same sense of humour as you.

Proofread aloud and ask your form tutor, teachers, advisers and family to check – then redraft until you’re happy with it and the grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct.

We recommend you write your personal statement first, and then copy and paste it into your online application when you’re done.

Check the 4,000 character and 47 line limits though – some word processors get different values if they don’t count tabs and paragraph spacing as individual characters.

When you add your personal statement to your application you must save it regularly as it times out after 35 minutes of inactivity. Copy and paste from word is easiest.

REMEMBER

  • Be honest. Do not be caught out at interview.

  • Do not waffle or be repetitious

  • Emphasise your commitment and interest

  • The majority of the statement should be about your interest in your chosen subject and the qualities you can bring to studying that subject. Some students may write about the subject and then about their other interests, whilst other students may use the sandwich approach - subject interest / other interests / subject interest

  • UCAS Personal Statement Timeline

  • UCAS Personal Statement Worksheet

  • UCAS Personal Statement Mind Map

Declaration

You must click to confirm that you accept the terms of use for the APPLY system. By applying for, and accepting, a place at university/college you must take that place or drop out of the application process for that year. This applies to your insurance offer as well as your firm offer. If you do not reach the grades needed for your firm offer but do reach the grades needed for the insurance offer you are expected to take that place.

Fees

The fee for an application to a single course at one university is £12. Most people will make up to 5 applications and the fee for this is £24. It is expected that you will pay this fee, using a debit or credit card, via the website (if this is a difficulty then please see Mrs Fleet)

When Application is complete

Once you are satisfied that the application is complete and correct pay the fee has been and click the icon to Send to Referee.

Please make sure that your form tutor and/or Mrs Fleet knows of any mitigating circumstances, such as illness, that may have affected your performance in your GCSE or AS exams. If relevant, then it can be referred to in the tutor reference.