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1 A guide to the application process UCAS presentation

2 UCAS Application process Personal statement What happens next UCAS extra Results time Introduction

3 UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service Deals with the majority of full-time applications for Higher Education degrees and diploma courses (Colleges) UCAS – online application


5 Online system Support and advice available through UCAS Make changes to application at any stage Track your application Add new choices (if not used all 5) Reply to offers UCAS – online application

6 Cost of applying: –£11 for one course –£22 for two or more courses (up to 5 maximum) –It is wise to use all of your choices!

7 15 October – Medicine, Dentistry, Vet Medicine – also Oxford/Cambridge applications 15 January –All other applications School will have own deadlines which you should follow – to allow them to write your references. Make sure you give them plenty of time. UCAS – application deadlines

8 You will need to register with UCAS

9 When you register, you will be allocated a Personal ID – make sure you make a note of this as you will need it if you contact UCAS

10 Main sections: Make sure everything is filled in. Use the additional information section to highlight any additional courses/summer schools you take part in This highlights which sections have been completed, to be completed or are in progress

11 Courses –choose up to 5 –Make sure you use all of them! –Think about different universities/courses –Speak to admissions officers, might not be wise to apply to multiple courses in the same school/faculty (dependant on institution) UCAS – Research

12 Education

13 Click “add qualifications” then “o” for other qualifications

14 Employment – part-time work should be included About you – personal details Personal Statement – why you want to study this course Reference – provided by your school, includes predicted grades

15 ‘Tell the universities why they should choose you’ ( This is about you, in your own words Competition for places means you have to try and stand out from other applicants Interviews can focus on personal statement content UCAS – The personal statement

16 4,000 Characters or 47 lines of text Type on word doc, then paste in get family/friends to check over it

17 What to include: Why you have chosen the course? Why are you suitable for the course What work experience or voluntary work do you have? Achievements/Awards Extra-curricular interests and hobbies Do you have career/future plans? And don’t forget to mention the Top Up programme! The personal statement – all about you

18 “My ambitions include learning to sky dive... becoming fantastically rich as well as improving my A-Level grades.” “At School I held the position of head bog.” “I’m training a pet rat and have recently become interested in reading.” “I also enjoy driving, especially off the road.” “I have many interests, both interlectual and social.” Application howlers

19 “The final destiny of man. Ever evolving, in a relentless and frantic need of immortality, slowly shifting from a natural form to a purely mental and absolute state where mass has no value. As a direct result of my interest in electronics I became increasingly interested in the scientific trend to emulate mankind..” “…My application to study English is a natural progression from my studies of the subject at Higher and in extra curricular activities. I find literature enjoyable and challenging, and my studies to date have allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of personal, social and political circumstances on writers’ styles and works….” The personal statement - examples

20 “For three years I have been a member of a storytelling group that travels and performs in events across the West of Scotland. Having to engage and capture the imagination of an audience with only your voice has made me a confident and articulate speaker, which is highly important for the medical profession….” “I spent two weeks managing customer enquiries at a department store. I learnt how to interact with customers and handle complaints. The experience highlighted the importance of positive communication between a business and its customers, and taught me how to manage difficult enquiries effectively. I would like to develop this skill further by studying a degree in public relations.” taken from The personal statement - examples

21 Further information and good examples UCAS atement/ atement/ The personal statement – further information

22 Research your courses properly Be truthful and relevant Be enthusiastic Be ready to re-write your statement several times Use your best English – but don’t over elaborate! Double check EVERYTHING! Pass the application to your teacher/referee in good time The personal statement - tips

23 Use a variety of sources to gather information about course profiles e.g. UCAS entry profiles – ments University prospectus Visit universities – Open Day! University websites Careers advisors Friends, family, teachers UCAS – researching course profiles

24 Copying other people’s work is considered a serious matter at University Admissions staff take it seriously too UCAS checks all personal statements and flags applications with evidence of copying Checks against current and previous statements Advises you and the University You will have to explain and may have to rework statement May be rejected Plagiarism

25 Don’t forget Medicine & Dentistry applicants must sit the UKCAT before the application deadline –For more information and to book a test – Applicants to Law at Glasgow must also sit the LNAT before the application deadline –For more information and to book a test – Bursaries are available to pay for test – see relevant website UKCAT, LNAT

26 If you receive conditional or unconditional offers, you must decide on a ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ choice within the deadlines specified by UCAS These are binding agreements! If you don’t receive any offers or decline the ones made to you UCAS Extra provides a further opportunity to apply for programmes What happens next?

27 Available to candidates who have used all 5 choices but who do not hold any offers UCAS will notify you if eligible You can then apply to other universities who participate in the Extra scheme Applications can only be made to one university at a time University has 10 days to consider your application If you accept an offer, you can no longer participate in Extra If you reject/don’t receive an offer, you can make another application UCAS Extra runs from March until June UCAS Extra

28 If you have achieved the grades for your “firm” choice you will automatically be accepted to that institution However, if you have not achieved the grades and if your Firm institution does not wish to confirm you, you will move to your “insurance” choice. If you have not achieved the grades required for either your “firm” or your “insurance” choice, there are further options available to you through Clearing Results time

29 Clearing Institutions await publication of all results Institutions then check the numbers firmly accepting offers If application is not confirmed UCAS will place candidates in clearing. You will then have to go on to UCAS Track and choose courses/institutions It is important to contact universities first to see what is available Courses available listed on UCAS and through national newspapers (at the time) Results time

30 Do your research Take time over your personal statement Complete your UCAS application Consider the offers you receive Select your ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ options Await results Start university! Summary

31 The Top Up Programme Running since 1999Running since 1999 40 schools40 schools 65 postgraduate tutors65 postgraduate tutors 1,140 16-18 yr old students1,140 16-18 yr old students

32 Aims To prepare students for higher education study To enable students to succeed in their chosen course of study To give students a ‘mini’ higher- education experience

33 How does it work postgraduate tutors sessions in schoolsessions in school session on campussession on campus

34 Key Academic Skills Lectures Seminars Library & I.T Student Life Meet UG students

35 Assessment Student Profile consists of the following areas: - Overall performance Seminar Written Assignment

36 Questions studied 1.Public Art 2.Images of Scotland 3.Film 4.Science 5.Renewable Energy

37 Assesment You are assessed on this Programme: BBB or above is needed for results to be passed to admissions officers Vital you put on your UCAS application that you are taking part in Top Up! Essential that you complete the Programme

38 How does the Top-Up Programme help? Students with BBB or above in the Top-Up Student Profile, will have it forwarded to admissions officers in the HEIs to which they have applied: –You must complete the Programme to receive 3 grades –Admissions agreements differ across the west of Scotland HEIs – contact Top-Up staff if in doubt –One Higher grade may be adjusted (not always for priority subjects) –University of Glasgow: one grade in two Highers for some subjects and conditional offer made –You must have Top-Up included on your UCAS application.

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