Applying for University can be a nerve-wracking, stressful and time-consuming process. Some times it feels like the work you are putting into perfecting your personal statement, and visiting Universities actually outweighs the time spent on chasing your grades. Like anything, this is the first time you will be doing something so important. This is a life-changing decision, with consequences for the rest of your life. As daunting as that sounds, it is also the start of an exciting journey – where you might just have the time of your life! Whatever happens, it is perfectly natural for you to currently have many questions. Have a read on and view our answers to various questions that have been posted.
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Let’s start easily… How does one apply to University?
UniEel recommends that you use UCAS for your application. First up, you will need to register, use this link here. You will need to fill out some details, which will take some time. After this, it will be time to undertake some research into different courses and Universities. UniEel has a detailed list of Universities available here, providing a helpful summary of each and key statistics. The UCAS process is simple, and you will be able to make all your applications through UCAS. Consult this helpful link for more details on UCAS. UCAS wil charge £24 for each candidate to make up to five course choices, or £13 for just one choice.
What will the entry requirements be?
The entry requirements for each course will differ from University-to-University. While the likes of Oxford and Cambridge will require top-of-the-range grades, there are many Universities to choose from. It can be recommended to individually research a course and its entry requirements. As a general rule of thumb, the higher a University is on academic league tables, the harder the entry requirements will be. Check out the latest league tables here.
UCAS Tariff?! What is it?
Many Universities will set you a grade offer e.g. ABB. However, some will ask for a minimum amount of UCAS points (typically those lower in the league tables). Consult this link for detailed information on the UCAS tariff. The better your qualification, the higher your UCAS tariff will be. For instance, an A Level will be worth more than an AS Level.
How does the funding system work?
It should be noted from the outset that UCAS and Student Finance are two separate beasts. Considering tuition fees are over £9,000, along with rising living and maintenance costs, it is very likely you will need to take out a loan to cover costs. It is recommended to use Student Finance ahead of other loan companies. Worried about student loans, check out our guide here.
How important are league tables?
What is important to mention is that if you are happy with a course at a set University, this is what matters. Ultimately, you need to be happy wherever you study too. While there is an almighty allure about prestigious Universities – they aren’t for everyone. E.g. the University of Chichester may not be regarded too highly in academic league tables, however they commonly attract very high student satisfaction rates. Yet league tables are important for a number of reasons. Graduate prospect levels are generally higher for Universities in premier league table positions. Ultimately, you go to University to get a qualification that can facilitate employment. They are also a useful benchmark – i.e. if you are expecting to get grades that match the entry requirements of the University of Kent, you can see other Universities in their vicinity – they will commonly offer the same grades.
How should I write my Personal Statement?
UniEel has created a bespoke article on Personal Statement’s, read here.
What is the Application Process?
Once you have applied, your application will be sent to each University on your application. They will review your details, before making a decision – there will be one of three outcomes:
- Rejection – Just remember when one door shuts, another opens!
- Conditional Offer – A University will happily offer you a place – conditional on the fact that you will achieve your offer!
- Unconditional Offer – The University really likes the look of you! You won’t need to meet any offer, your place will be sealed.
Once you have received a response from all of your applications, you will set your choices – a firm and your insurance. Remember this is a contractual decision – you will be obliged to attend the institution you have chosen if you meet the offer. The insurance will be your back-up choice, if you don’t meet the offer for your firm choice.
When should I apply?
Your school or college usually sets their own deadline for you to apply by. Click here for some key dates in the process. For those applying to either Oxford or Cambridge, you will need to have applied by Mid-October. For the majority of other courses it will be mid-January. In most cases, it can be recommended to apply by the end of November, to allow maximum time for Universities to respond. Remember many will hand out offers on a first-come-first-served basis – there aren’t infinite spaces!
International student queries?
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