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OPEN DAY 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: firstname.lastname@example.org • We’ll be pleased to help!
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