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UCAS_and_UCL1 by panniuniu


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   …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
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
• Decisions are posted ‘tracked’ on

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

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

                        FEB      RECEIVE DECISIONS

                                DECLARE 1st FIRM CHOICE
                                   KEEP INSURANCE CHOICE
                       JUNE              EXAMS
                       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
                               • Check course entry
                               • Meet the deadlines
• 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
         (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
• Your scores also count for other universities.
             Extra Requirements
      (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
             (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 .
•   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

• 5 course choices
   (4 for medicine)

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

   • employment history if
   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.
  ACTIVITIES and how this relates to the academic.
• Finish with a concluding statement.
                    Personal Statement

• 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
• 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
• What have you got out of your previous study?
   – Think about what you have already studied at
   – How does this tie-in with the courses you are applying
   – 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
   – 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
• Or email:
• We’ll be pleased to help!

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