Applying through UCAS by wuzhengqin


									Applying Through UCAS

Jenny Braysher, Reach Project Officer,
      University of St Andrews
What is covered:


•   What UCAS is and does
•   How to use the UCAS website
•   Components and stages of your UCAS application
•   University decisions
•   Tips on course choices
•   Dates and deadlines
What is UCAS?

• UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

• Allows you to search universities and colleges, search
  courses, apply to courses, as well as track and manage
  your application

• Provides a service both to you and to universities and
  colleges. Acts as the middleman

• You must apply to Higher Education (HE) courses
  through UCAS
What is UCAS?

Also provides a large number of useful resources:

• Links to league tables
• Advice on choosing the right course
• Access to current students talking honestly about their
  experiences at their university
• Specific advice for applying to study Medicine, Dentistry,
  Veterinary Science/Medicine, Nursing
• UCAS bookstore – e.g. specially written guides to applying
  for the most competitive courses, guides to finance at
  university, etc.
What is UCAS?

Searching for courses:

• UCAS holds and publishes a significant amount of information
  about all universities and colleges in the UK – accommodation,
  location, facilities, open days, contact details, and links to
  the university’s website for further information – good place to
  start your search

• Search courses by region, university (sometimes called
  institution), course type

Searching for courses: Entry Profiles

• Many universities can have courses with the same name e.g.
• Content may be very different – no national curriculum for HE
• Use Entry Profiles to find out which course offers what you
  actually want
• Course, university, entry requirements, selection criteria and
  admissions policy
• Compiled by university admissions staff

Searching for courses: Decoding the jargon

 Searching for courses: Decoding the jargon
                                                   4 = 4 year course duration
                                                   FT = full time course
                                                   Hon = leads to Honours degree
                                                   MA = type of qualification this
                                                   course leads to
Name of university     University code

  Course name
             Course code Entry profile available
    Searching for courses: Decoding the jargon

!                                            4/5 = 4/5 year course duration
                                             SW = sandwich course
                                             Hon = leads to Honours degree
            Course now closed to new         MChem = type of qualification this course
            applications for this cycle      leads to
    Course name

                    Course code           Entry profile available
The UCAS Three:

• Academic Grades

• Reference

• Personal Statement


• Buzzword from school
• Complete application
• Sent to your school – reference completed by teacher
• School submits application to UCAS
• Application processed by UCAS, sent out to each university you
  have applied to
• Admissions department processes your application, initial filters
• Passed to Admissions Officers in the subject(s) you applied for


• Admissions Officers make decisions on applications
• Decisions and applications passed back to central Admissions
  office for further processing
• Decisions returned to UCAS
• UCAS updates your online application – track
• Once all universities have made decisions on your application,
  you make the final decision – firm and insurance (if firm choice
  university made you a conditional offer)


• Unconditional offer
• Conditional offer
• Unsuccessful
• Withdraw

• Firm
• Insurance
• Decline     
Course choices: Tips

• 5 choices (medics 4 choices + 1)
• Similar courses – think of your Personal Statement
• Minimum entry requirements
• Contingency plan – at least one choice of course should have
  minimum entry grades below what you are predicted/have
• Medics – 5th choice – biomedical sciences recommended

Course choices: Tips

• If you are considering applying with deferred entry, check with
  each university you are applying to that they accept deferred
  entry applications – not all do

• Think about your public image – what information is available
  about you online? Importance of presenting a mature and
  responsible person, particularly if you are applying for courses
  such as Medicine or Dentistry

UCAS Extra and Clearing

• Extra: the opportunity to apply for another course if you have
  used all five choices and not secured a place. Extra runs from
  the end of February until the end of June

• Clearing: a system used towards the end of the academic cycle.
  If you have not secured a place, it enables you to apply for
  course vacancies

Dates and deadlines
• Mid-September 2011: UCAS opens to receive applications for
  September 2012 entry (or deferred entry to Sept 2013)
• October 15th 2011: Deadline for applications to study Medicine,
  Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Veterinary Medicine and Oxbridge
• January 15th 2012: Deadline for all other subjects (excluding some
  art and design courses)
• March 31st 2012: Universities should have made their decisions
  about your application – you should responses from all
• Early May 2012: Deadline for making your decisions on firm and
   insurance choices

Remember: deadlines mean deadlines!

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