UCAS Application Process
Choosing a degree
This is one of the most important decisions if you have decided to apply to university.
Choosing the right course is essential in order to make the most of your time at university, and not waste it by helping set you on the right career path once you’ve completed your degree.
Most important of all though - studying the right course will ensure you also enjoy the time you spend studying it!
Our guide to choosing a degree will help you make this vital decision.
When to apply
Once you have decided what course you are going to study, make sure you know when to apply by so you don't miss the deadline.
If you are applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry, you need to get your application in early by 15th October. All UCAS deadlines can be found on our application deadlines 2016 page.
We strongly recommend you give yourself plenty of time to get your UCAS application form filled in.
You also need to pay your application fee and make sure any problems with your application are sorted out before the deadline has passed.
Choosing a university
The next big decision you’ll need to make is where exactly you are going to study.
There are many factors you should consider when choosing the universities you are going to apply to, for example how far it is from home, what facilities it has to offer, how it fares in the university league tables, etc.
Our guide to choosing the right university will ensure you consider all these things so you make the best choices for you.
Further information on making your university/college choices can be found at UCAS.
Filling out the UCAS form
Once you’ve decided what and where you are going to study, you can make a start on completing your UCAS application form.
Once you have registered with UCAS, you will be asked to fill out all the sections on the UCAS form - these include, personal details, references, personal statement, and the courses and universities you are applying to.
Once you have completed a section, you will need to mark it as complete before you can submit your application to UCAS.
Most of the sections listed above are fairly straight forward to fill in - however, many applicants find the personal statement difficult to write.
Although some people find it easy to talk about themselves, many people don’t - and those that do are rarely able to do it well.
Here at Studential, we pride ourselves on helping prospective undergraduates secure places at their preferred universities.
We aim to do this through our extensive guide to personal statements, which includes:
- over 1300 free personal statement samples
- our own professional personal statement editing and critique services.
Offers from universities or colleges
If you submitted your UCAS application by the 15th January deadline, your chosen universities and/or colleges should normally have made their decision about your application by the 31st March at the latest.
The absolute final date for them to make their decisions by is 5th May 2016.
Once you have received offers from your chosen universities or colleges, make sure you reply to the offers in plenty of time so you don't miss any deadlines.
Your examination results
If you have accepted any offers you have received from your chosen universities or colleges, your A level results will normally determine whether you are accepted on to your course. If appropriate, you can also use the UCAS Extra or UCAS Adjustment services at this time.
However, if you don’t achieve the grades you need, there is still a possibility you will be accepted on to the course with a lower grade.
A level results day in 2016 will be on Thursday 18th August. To help students through the day, we have our own guide to A level results day.
This tells you what to take with you to their school or college when you go to collect your results, and what happens next depending on what grades you’ve achieved.
If you are a mature student who already has qualifications and/or experience, and are looking to apply for a course in higher education, we have a dedicated UCAS Guide for Mature students.
Becoming a Fresher!
Once you have secured a place on your course at a university or college, you can sit back and relax while looking forward to starting life as a student in Freshers’ Week.
Our Freshers’ Guide contains all you need to know about starting university, including information on:
- Student Tax and National Insurance - and most important of all...
- Our university checklist so you don’t forget to take any of those important items with you!