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       UCAS APPLICATIONS




   …and what admissions tutors look for at UCL
                What is UCAS?

• UCAS is the Universities and
  Colleges Admissions Service
• UCAS was created in 1993 to make applying to
  university easier for applicants and students.
• Students interested in several universities only
  have to fill in one application form which UCAS
  then distributes to the universities of choice.
• UCL requires all students to apply through UCAS.
• UCAS handles around 430,000 applications per
  year
UCAS: what happens to the form?

• Transmitted on line to UCAS
• Reduced in size and printed 5 times
• Sent to universities
• Passed to Admissions Tutors to make decisions
• Interview invitation/conditional offer/ unconditional
  offer/unsuccessful
• Decisions are posted ‘tracked’ on UCAS.com

• If the student meets these predicted grades at the end
  of the year, they are admitted to the course.
                        MAR
YEAR PRIOR TO STUDY    APRIL
                               OBTAIN PROSPECTUSES
                        MAY
                       JUNE                                Oxbridge, Medicine,
                       JULY
                                RESEARCH & FINALISE        Dentistry, Vet courses –
                                                           15th October Deadline
                        AUG        FIVE CHOICES
                       SEPT




                                                                             UCAS Timetable
                        OCT      COMPLETE & SUBMIT
                        NOV       APPLICATION FORM            All other
                        DEC                                   courses –
                                                              15th January

                        JAN
                        FEB      RECEIVE DECISIONS
YEAR STUDY COMMENCES




                       MAR
                                DECLARE 1st FIRM CHOICE
                       APRIL
                                   KEEP INSURANCE CHOICE
                       MAY
                       JUNE              EXAMS
                       JULY
                       AUG       RESULTS
                       SEPT    CONFIRMATION
                       OCT        ARRIVE
UCAS: general points

   • Use all 5 choices
   • Don’t apply for widely
     differing courses
                               • Use the full space
   • Don’t apply to the same
                               • Check the form carefully
     institution 5 times
                                 BEFORE you submit it
   • Research course choices
                               • Use the UCAS ‘How to Apply
     [use individual web-sites
                                 Guide’ to help you
     etc]
                               • Check course entry
                                 requirements
                               • Meet the deadlines
                          Tips
• Make sure the A Levels / IB etc you are taking are
  acceptable for the course you want to study.
   – Often General Studies is not accepted for example.
• Be realistic – if you’re likely to get 3Bs at A Level,
  don’t apply for a programme asking for 3As.
• You have 5 choices – make use of these choices.
  You can apply for more than one course at the
  same university if you wish.
• Remember the closing dates for applications
              Extra Requirements
                     BMAT
         (BioMedical Admissions Test)
• Medicine
• If you want to study medicine at UCL you need to
  sit an admissions test known as the BMAT
• This is an online test which tests your skills and
  aptitudes – you don’t need lots of medical
  knowledge!
• Your scores also count for other universities.
             Extra Requirements
                    LNAT
      (National Admissions Test for Law)
• Law
• If you want to study law at UCL you need to sit an
  admissions test known as the LNAT
• This is an online test which is formed of a multiple
  choice comprehension and an essay.
• A computer scores the results of the
  comprehension and the essay is sent to UCL.
• Your scores also count for other universities.
               Extra Requirements
                       PORFOLIOS
             (for Fine Art and Architecture)

• To get into either Art or Architecture, you will need
  to show a portfolio of your art work.
• Collect pieces of coursework and
  put them together and index them
  to make them easy to view.
• You will need to describe it during
  an interview/viewing process in
  artistic detail.
                     The UCAS Form
•   All applications are to be completed online and
    can be found at www.ucas.co.uk .
•   There are 3 parts to the form:
      1. Personal details/course choice
      2. Your personal statement
      3. Your teacher’s reference
•   You can save the form
    and return to it at any
    time to complete it.
UCAS Apply

Courses
• 5 course choices
   (4 for medicine)

• All are equal choices –
  you do not need to rank
  them in order of
  preference
• Get the codes right
UCAS Apply
   Education
   • education history
   • courses / examinations
     taken / to be taken

   Employment
   • employment history if
     appropriate
   About you
   • personal details
   • monitoring information
   • special requirements
            The Personal Statement
• The most important part of this form is your
  personal statement.
• This is your chance to show the admissions tutors
  why you want to be on their course.
• They need to be persuaded what makes you the
  best applicant.
• They also need to think
  that you will succeed at
  university and what
  motivates you to do well.
          Competition for Places
Archaeology           3:1
Biological Sciences   12:1
                             This is why it is so vital
English               20:1   that you provide an
Economics             15:1   excellent personal
                             statement to
History               10:1   differentiate yourself
                             from the many others
Law                   16:1   who will be applying for
Medicine              7:1    your course.

Physics               7:1
Spanish               5:1
Statistical Science   9:1
OVERALL               9:1
              Personal Statement
                     The Basics
• You have 4000 characters or 47 lines of space
  (roughly 300-400 words) in section 10 of the form.
• Work on a draft using a word processor – you can
  correct it more easily and use a spell checker.
• Spend 75% of the space on COURSE CHOICE.
• Spend 25% on EXTRA-CURRICULAR
  ACTIVITIES and how this relates to the academic.
• Finish with a concluding statement.
                    Personal Statement
                             Motivations

• What are your motivations towards course choice?
   – Why do you want to study that subject?
      • Why do you want to be a doctor?
      • Why do you want to study Electrical Engineering
        with Communications Engineering
   – How has your interest developed over time?
      • What areas interest you?
      • Enthusiasm and curiosity for the subjects
   – What have you done to pursue your interest?
      • Have you read around the subject? Topical issues?
      • Have you visited a museum or industry for example?
      • Do you know what the course involves?
   – Always be specific – give examples!
                     Personal Statement
                           Understanding
• Your understanding of the course:
   – Do you understand what is involved with the course?
     Read the prospectus/website.
   – Does it cover the areas you are interested in?
• Relevance to the institutions you are applying to:
   – Don’t talk about an aspect of the course if it is not
     offered – be tactful with your application
   – But don’t write your statement in favour of one
     institution.
• What have you got out of your previous study?
   – Think about what you have already studied at
     school/college
   – How does this tie-in with the courses you are applying
     to?
   – Think about skills you may have gained – for example,
     analytical skills.
                     Personal Statement
                          Extra Curricular

• Extra-curricular involvements and activities:
   –   Are you in any positions of responsibility?
   –   Are you involved in sports teams?
   –   Have you run any societies, clubs or events?
   –   Have you been in the school play?
   –   Worked in the community?
• Demonstrate your time-management/priority making skills
   – Be reflective, talk about how your experiences have developed you
     as a person.
• Mention career plans / gap year plans
   – What's the long term goal?
                Personal Statement
                    Work Experience
• Detail any work experience, especially if it
  is relevant to the course.
   – Have you got a part time job? What skills have you
     gained from this?
   – Handled money?
   – Supervised other workers?
   – Work experience is vital for
     medicine and for some other
     courses.
   – Arrange some experience.
UCAS: Personal Statement overview

• Grammar and spelling [no mistakes]
• Use standard English [no txt]
• Keep your personal statement focused
• Mention all subjects applied for
• Motivation
                 Any Questions?


• If you have any specific questions today about
  applying to UCL, please visit UCL’s academic
  departments
• Or email: study@ucl.ac.uk
• We’ll be pleased to help!

				
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