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									   James Watt College
     Student Services

Student Guide to
   UCAS Apply


                         Page No

What is UCAS             3

UCAS Apply Webpages      4-10

Before you Apply         11-13

FAQ                      14-15

Application Flowcharts   16-18

What is UCAS……..?
  The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) acts
   on behalf of UK universities and higher education institutions.

  For entry in 2010, you must apply online, using the online
   UCAS service Apply. You can access this secure application
   system through the UCAS website www.ucas.com

  If you want to apply for more than one course in 2009, the
   application fee is £19. You can apply for up to five courses.
   You can list the courses in any order as Apply will put them in
   alphabetical order. If you intend to apply for one course only,
   the fee is £9.

  Applications for 2010 entry should reach UCAS between mid
   September 2009 and 15 January 2010, with some earlier
   deadlines, for example, applications for medicine, dentistry and
   veterinary courses and also for art and design courses through
   Route B (see the UCAS directory for more advice)

  See the UCAS Directory for other exceptions such as RSAMD

  UCAS should be used for ordinary degrees and DipHE courses
   in nursing instead of CATCH from 1st September 2009. More
   information at www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/nursing/recruitment/catch/

                    Apply Home Page

         This is the home page of UCAS Apply

Clicking on >Apply will take you to the Register/Log in page

       UCAS Apply

Register here for Apply 2010

                  Register and Log in

Remember to keep a note of your username and password
and keep them in a safe place. Apply is case sensitive so
please write the details exactly as they are shown on the

           Apply through College

Select the ‘Through my school/college’ option.


The buzzword links your application to your centre
   so that your referee can write and attach your
reference. Insert the James Watt College buzzword

            Tutor Group/School

Select the appropriate school eg Business and
      Computing, Creative Industries etc

               Personal ID

You will be asked to quote your Personal ID
  if you contact UCAS Customer Service

Before you apply……
Before making any decisions it is wise to do some research.
   Self reflection – Are you committed, motivated and ready for
   Establish your career goal – In your chosen career what
     experience, academic and/or professional qualifications do you
   Institution research – Who offers the course you need? What
     support and facilities can they offer you?
   Course Research – What are the entry requirements? What is
     the course content, structure, duration and campus location?

Where can I get more information?
     University prospectuses
     Open Days
     Websites – www.ucas.com
       and individual university and college websites
     JWC Student Services/Careers Adviser
     Personal tutors
     Guidebooks and publications
     Summer Taster courses
     Professional institutions

Starting your application…….
    It is important that you give prior notice to your nominated
      referee that you will be making a UCAS application
    The website address is www.ucas.com
    Select the ‘Through my school/college’ option
    Use the buzzword           JWCTOUNI10 and then select the
      appropriate tutor group
    Use the HELP screens on each page by clicking on the
      question mark next to each field

   Your application does not need to be completed all at once
Completing your application……
   Personal details – check that your information is correct,
    particularly your contact details – no offensive email addresses!
   Criminal Convictions – you will be asked to tick a box if you
    have a relevant criminal conviction
   Support needs – provide an outline of any disabilities you may
   Choices – you can choose up to 5 courses, which Apply will
    arrange in alphabetical order

Completing the education section
     You need to fill in all details of your schools and colleges,
        and then list your qualifications, one by one.
     Provide details of all qualifications for which you have
        accepted certification from an awarding body
     Provide details of all qualifications for which you are
        currently studying or for which you are awaiting results
     All units and codes must be completed in a group award
        such as SVQ or HNC/D

Completing your personal statement
     This is your opportunity to tell the universities why they
        should choose you
     In many cases, applicants are not interviewed, so this may
        be your only chance to make the case for you to be offered a
     4000 characters or 47 lines of text, prepare offline using a
        word document and spell checker, then copy and paste into
        Apply system
     The UCAS booklet ‘Applying Online’ suggests that you
        include some or all of these points:
    o why you have chosen the course
    o why you are interested in the subject
    o what career plans you have
    o any job/work experience, placement or voluntary work you
              have done
    o other achievements such as DoE
    o your plans for the future

     o your social, sporting and leisure interests
     o Make sure the personal statement is your own work, do not
       copy another person’s application materials or download a
       personal statement off the web
     o UCAS subject all applications to similarity detection tests
       (plagiarism software), designed to identify work copied from
       another source

When you have finished……
   Mark every section as complete by ticking the ‘section
    completed’ box at the bottom of each page and click ‘save’
   The Pay/Send link will be available once your application is
   You will need a credit/debit card to process your payment
   You must tell your nominated referee that you have completed
    your application and that it is ready to have the reference
    attached to it
   Important! Your referee will then check your application,
    complete the reference and forward the application to UCAS

Frequently asked questions……
Q.   What are Scottish Candidate Numbers/SCNs and BTEC
A.   You will find these on the certificates issued by the relevant
     examining body.

Q.   What is my Unique Learner Number?
A.   Don’t worry – if you don’t have one this is not mandatory for

Q.   Do I need a National Record of Achievement or Progress
     File to apply?
A.   No.

Q.   How do I apply for Nursing Diploma courses?
A.   From the 1st of September 2009 all nursing courses from
     Diploma upwards will be processed through UCAS.

      3-year Diploma/Degree Courses in nursing - adult nursing;
       mental health nursing, learning disability nursing or
       children’s nursing

      3-year Diploma/Degree Programmes in midwifery

Q.   What can I do if I don’t have a Debit/Credit card?
A.   You may have to borrow one from a family member or a friend
     and reimburse them.

Q.   How long will it take to hear back from the universities?
A.   Each university has its own way of working, so you can expect
     to hear from them at different times: you may be contacted
     within a very short period of time or it may be some months
     before you hear anything.

Q.   What is the difference between a Conditional and an
     Unconditional offer?

A.   A Conditional Offer means that the university will accept you as
     long as you meet certain conditions, such as specific grades or
     exam passes.
     An Unconditional Offer means that you have met all the entry
     requirements and the university is happy to accept you.

Q.   What is Extra?
A.   If you have had no offers or if you have declined the offers
     made to you, you can still apply though Extra from late
     February until 30 June 2010.

Q.   I have heard of people going through Clearing – what is

A.   If you have not applied through UCAS before 30 June or you
     have not obtained the conditions of your offer, you may apply
     through Clearing. Check newspapers, radio or websites and
     contact universities direct for course availability – UCAS
     provides detailed information on how Clearing operates and
     how to proceed.


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