Higher Education

CHOOSING A UNIVERSITY AND COURSE(S)

The best place to start is the UCAS website. Here you can look at the whole range of courses available - currently 3700 at 370 different institutions!

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started

You will also be able to watch their ‘How to guides’ on course choices, open days and events and applying.

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/choosing-course

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/find-course/events-and-open-days https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/filling-your-application

There are a lot of other very useful websites to assist in the whole process. We recommend you try the following:

https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

http://university.which.co.uk/

WRITING A PERSONAL STATEMENT (ADVICE FROM UNIVERSITY)

Do

  • Brainstorm your ideas on paper before attempting to write anything.
  • Check university websites as they may provide information about what they are looking for from applicants.
  • Aim to use about five paragraphs, making sure that each flows in a logical way.
  • Expect to produce several drafts before being totally happy.
  • Ask for feedback from your tutors and from subject specialists
  • Ensure that you use your best English and don’t let silly spelling and grammar mistakes spoil your statement.
  • Be enthusiastic – you can have perfect grades and hundreds of extra-curricular activities and be a really great person but if Admissions Selectors feel you aren’t passionate about your course, it could affect your application.

Don’t

  • Feel that you must use fancy language. If you try too hard to impress with long words that you are not confident using, the focus of your writing may be lost.
  • Try to be funny as it is a risk: admissions selectors may not share your sense of humour!
  • Lie – if you stretch the truth you may get caught out at interview when you are asked to elaborate on an interesting achievement.
  • Go on a tangent about irrelevant things.
  • Copy someone else’s personal statement or ‘borrow’ chunks from existing personal statements. UCAS uses similarity detection software which checks for plagiarism so make sure everything you write is completely original.
  • Rely on a spell checker – proof read as many times as possible.
  • Don’t ask too many people to read it- lots of conflicting opinions leads to unnecessary confusion and delay.
ART FOUNDATION APPLICATIONS

There is a different application process for students wishing to apply for Art Foundation courses.

STUDENT FINANCE

Funding applications are done privately by you and your parents/carers. Applications and funding entitlements change regularly but it is worth looking at the guide below as a good starting point.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/continuing-fulltime-students

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