When applying to University in the UK you have to go through the UCAS process. Which includes filling long forms about who you are, your family and your choices.
Jay: It would be in your best interest to know at least 3 of the 5 Unis you want to go to.
Ally Cat: I agree, but I also think you should have a clear idea on what degree you want to do and if you don’t know, or are stuck between two choices I suggest that you choose which Unis you want to go or are best for those degrees. They do not have to be the same Unis.
With UCAS it is important to remember that you have to be 100% honest. You will be caught out if you lie. Lying on your application will delay the process and can hinder your chances. The first two stages you go through are the registering to apply and filling in your personal details.
Jay: Take your time when filling this out, because screwing it up can cause loads of problems and can lead you to have to refill or change parts… so, don’t screw up!
Ally Cat: You may feel like it is time-consuming and that it’s a waste of time, but it isn’t. The university will see all your personal information and they can see if you’ve rushed it.
Even though this can be long winded and you may feel that this is unnecessary, it is. After all the personal details you will have to add, you will have to go through a small section based around your student finance. It is all about if you are going to apply for Student Finance.
This leads us to one of the biggest stages… your personal statement. We both cannot stress enough how important this is. This is what the universities look at when they consider to take you onto the course.
Jay: This is a very big consideration and something that everyone will stress over, the key is to sell yourself to the university show them that it would benefit them by having you study with them. Make them want you.
There’s gonna be lots of helpful tips and writing structures available to you through your schools, friends; the internet. Don’t get so caught up in it that you forget about what you’re actually writing about – YOU. It’s good to write about achievements, future goals and why the course interests you so much but it’s useful to remember that this is the only thing they’ll read to judge you on, sounds harsh but it’s the truth.
Ally Cat: If you do have two degrees that are different, ensure that there are similarities so that when you apply to yourself or your future you can talk about it. This is because you have one personal statement that goes to all of the universities you have chosen.
This is why we are stressing the importance of writing about yourself in as much detail as possible, well as much as 4,000 characters can. Another thing, try not to over do it, cause you’ll be spending more time cutting bits out than thinking of more to write.
Finally, submit by the deadline; probably the most important and obvious thing out of everything we’ve said. Save yourself the drama, stress and likely hood of having panic attacks about not getting it done on time and just submit it early.
A little thing we noticed, the earlier the application, the earlier Uni’s will get back to you with an offer so you’re more likely to be guaranteed a place before the closing date in January. Also, remember if you plan on going into the health field e.g. medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinarians, midwifery and so on, the deadline is usually in October.