UCAS - St Mary's and St John's CE School




Year 12


  • Attend extracurricular sessions, events and lectures on subjects

Collect information on:

  • The variety of courses available
  • Colleges/universities in UCAS
  • Course entry requirements
  • Location, facilities and accommodation offered

Year 12


  • Complete work experience
  • Attend summer schools
  • Attend University open days/workshops
  • Draft personal statement

Year 12


Applications open for 2021 Entry

UCAS application process starts

Year 13


Applications for Oxford, Cambridge or most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science

Year 13


  • Invited for interviews
  • Contacted for more information
  • Given conditional offers if you are waiting for examination results
  • Given unconditional offers if you meet all the entry requirements - the place is yours

Year 13


Closing date for all other applications except certain art and design courses

Year 13


  • If you have received conditional offers, you now have to decide on your firm choice and also on an insurance choice
  • If you have received more than one conditional offer the reply date will be displayed on track and printed on the letter you receive
  • If you do not reply by the date given, the offers will be declined
  • The reply date is your individual reply date so it may be different from others

Year 13


  • If you achieve the required grades, your firm offer will be confirmed by the institution
  • If your firm offer institution rejects you, your insurance offer will be confirmed by that institution provided you achieve the required grades
  • Either offer may still be confirmed if you nearly reach the required grades of your offer
  • If your firm and insurance offers both reject you, then your will enter the Clearing system

Year 13

Adjustment period

If you achieve better grades than you require for your firmly accepted offer, you may look for an alternative course that has places available whilst still holding your original choice. Full details of this process are available at www.ucas.com

Year 13


  • Applicants not accepted by either choice and very late applicants, will be able to look for a course through Clearing
  • Applicants make direct contact with colleges and universities offering places in the Clearing scheme
  • The Track service will be used to tell applicants when and how they can use Clearing, and give them their Clearing Numbers
  • Higher Education courses begin in September, but Clearing continues

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!


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/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:





  • 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.


  • 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.

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


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.



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