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					UCAS Information Evening

THE PROCESS OF APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY
       IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
             Purpose of this Evening

 To take you through the process of application.


 To set out the timeline of applications.


 To identify what the students need to do, how the
 school will support them in their applications and
 how Parents can help.
                   What is UCAS?

 The central application service to Universities in the
 UK.

 UCAS does not make any decisions on the allocation
 of places.
                    The 10 Step Process
1.   Potential applicant          6.   UCAS processes form and
     conducts research                 forwards to chosen HEIs

2.   Registers online with UCAS   7.   HEIs submit decisions
     Apply                             (offer or unsuccessful)

3.   Completes form and           8.   Applicant views decisions
     processes payment                 on Track

4.   Academic reference added     9.   Applicant replies to offers
     by school/college                 on Track (Firm / Insurance)

5.   School/college sends form    10. HEIs confirm places when
     electronically to UCAS            results are released
  Step 1: Potential applicant conducts research

 Extremely important to find the right course and
 institution for the student.

 Process has already begun in Tutorial on a Monday
 mornings and individual tutorials with tutor.

 Research can be done online, paper based or
 Experiential, a combination is best.
www.ucas.ac.uk
                    Entry Requirements
Bangor University
Psychology                               Imperial College London
                                         Biology
Psychology at Bangor =
CCD at A2 with A at AS
                         OR
CCC at A2 with E at AS
University Websites

Once students have found a
university and a course that
they are interested in, it is
important that they look at the
university itself.

The website or prospectus will
be able to tell the students
about open days, a specific
course content as well as about
the assessment of the course.
Step 2: Registers online with UCAS Apply

                               Done during a
                               tutorial in June
                               2010.
                               Simple process
                               following the on
                               screen prompts.

                               Once they are
                               registered students
                               can begin to fill in
                               details.......
Step 3: Completes form and processes payment

What information will UCAS want from you:
 Personal Details
 Additional Information (ethnicity etc)
 Choices
 Education
 Employment
 Personal Statement
Personal details
                   Standard personal details
                   form.


                   Some of this section will be
                   filled in automatically with the
                   details you entered during
                   registration.
Choices

          Maximum of 5 choices

          Follow simple on screen
          prompts and drop down
          menus.




          Start date will be
          September 2011 or
          September 2012 for those
          applying for deferred
          entry.
Education

            You will need to enter
            where you have studied
            and which qualifications
            you are taking / have taken.


            You can enter up to 10
            schools

            You will need to enter all
            qualifications you have
            already taken as well as the
            ones you are about to take.
Employment

             Fill in the details of
             your work history and
             employers.

             Up to five employers

             If you have not had
             any jobs, you can
             leave this section
             blank, but you will
             still need to mark it
             as complete in order
             to continue with
             your application.
Personal Statement

                     The purpose of the personal
                     statement is to tell the
                     universities and colleges why
                     you are applying for the
                     course(s) you have chosen and
                     why they should want you as a
                     student.

                     This statement helps
                     universities and colleges to
                     know more about you as a
                     person.


                     Students will receive guidance
                     on how to write a personal
                     statement in tutorials and
                     from their UCAS advisor.
Personal Statement




Plagiarism is taken seriously by all universities and if you are suspected of
copying your personal statement then you run the risk of not being accepted by
any of the universities.
Personal Statement: Ways to make it stand out.




              Taster Days               Work
                                      Experience

   Know the                                        Community
    Course                  Summer                   Work
                            Schools                  (Local or
                                                   International)
Payment

Payment is made online with a Credit or Debit card.

Students only applying for one university = £9.00
Students applying for between 2 and 5 universities = £19.00

Payment is made
before the application
is forwarded on to the
referee.

Applications will not
be sent off until
confirmation of
payment is received.
Step 4: References
                         The reference will be written in combination with the
                         Tutor and the students UCAS advisor.

                         Predicted grades will also be entered at this stage for
                         the examinations that will be taken in Summer 2011.


                     The reference will comment on the following

                     •      Suitability for the course chosen.

                     •      Proposed career plan - if they have one and
                            suitability for this career.

                     •      Academic Performance.

                     •      Involvement in school community.

                     •      Any personal circumstances which may have
                            affected, or will affect in the future, academic
                            performance.

                     •      Any specific needs, such as a disability or learning
                            difficulties, and how it was coped with at the
                            current at school / college.
Step 5 & 6: Sending in the Application

At School:                       At UCAS

 Final checks by the school.    Application checked and
                                  processed.
 Confirmation of payment
  received                       Application is copied to each
                                  university specified –
 Sent to UCAS
                                  Invisibly

                                 Letter sent to student to
                                  confirm receipt of the
                                  application and outline the
                                  next stage of the process.
Step 7: Tracking your application and Offers

 Online Tracking:
   Personal ID number sent out with confirmation letter.
   Progress of your application.



 Invitations:
   A university may ask you to attend an interview or audition, or to
    provide a portfolio of work, an essay or other piece of work.
   Shown on ‘Track’ with the option to accept or decline the invitation or
    request an alternative date.

 Offers:
   Offers are only official if they are sent to you by UCAS.
   Universities must make a decision on your application by 31st of March.
   Can take up to 50 days to get an offer after applications have been
    submitted.
Step 8: Types of Offers

 Conditional offer
   The university or college will offer you a place if you meet certain
    conditions, which are usually based on your exams.

 Unconditional offer
   You have met all the academic requirements and the university or college
    is happy to accept you.

 Withdrawn application
   A choice can be withdrawn by you or the university or college
   It may be withdrawn because you didn't respond to any letters or emails
    from the university or college, or because you didn't attend an interview.

 Unsuccessful application
   This means that the university or college has decided not to offer you a
    place on the course
    Step 9: Replying to Offers

   A maximum of two offers may be held after all final decisions have been made

   Applicant can make one of three replies:

          F =firm acceptance
          I=insurance acceptance
          D=decline

   There are four combinations of offers and replies

          Unconditional firm only - you've firmly accepted an unconditional offer. You cannot have an
           insurance choice.

          Conditional firm only - you've firmly accepted a conditional offer.

          Conditional firm + conditional insurance - you've firmly accepted one conditional offer and
           accepted another conditional offer as an insurance.

          Conditional firm + unconditional insurance - you've firmly accepted a conditional offer and
           accepted an unconditional offer as an insurance.
  Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Applications


Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary    Oxbridge

 Deadline for applications = 15th    Deadline for Applications
  October                              = 15th October

 Can only have 4 choices
                                      Oxford or Cambridge


                                      Check to see if required
                                       to submit essay, sit and
                                       entrance exam or attend
                                       an interview.
Timeline and Key Dates for Oxbridge

Oxford                                                   Cambridge

   1st September - open for applications                   1st September - open for applications
   Early September register for admissions tests if        20th September – deadline for overseas
    required.
                                                             interviews
   20th September – deadline for overseas
    interviews                                              15th October – UCAS deadline

   15th October – UCAS deadline                            22nd October - completion and submission
                                                             of online Supplementary Application
   3rd November - Admissions tests                          Questionnaire (SAQ) for most applicants
   10th November – Deadline for written work
                                                            Early December – Interviews
   14th November - Deadline for fine art portfolios.
                                                            Mid January – Notification of Decision
   5th   –   17th   December – Interviews
                                                        NB: Colleges may ask for additional assessment
   Mid January – Notification of Decision.
                                                        work, the college will set this deadline.
Timeline at St George’s International School
   From 8th March 2010 – Monday                  30th September 2010 – References for
    tutorials for Research.                        Oxbridge completed. Final draft of all
                                                   other personal Statements submitted.
   From 15th March 2010 – individual
    tutorials with Tutor.                         Before 15th October 2010 – Oxbridge,
                                                   Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary
   21st June 2010 – Register on UCAS              applications set to UCAS.
    website.
                                                  October Half Term 2010 – Finished
   From 25th June 2010 – Tutorials on             applications for all other courses.
    personal statements and meetings with
    UCAS advisors.                                30th November 2010 – References
                                                   completed and applications sent to UCAS.
   2nd July 2010 – First draft of Personal
    Statement submitted.

   14th July 2010 – Final draft of Oxbridge
    Applications and Personal statements.
How can parents help?

 With Research:
   Asking questions about the courses.

   Asking about the Universities themselves.

   Keeping students realistic.



 University Open Days:
   Dates can be found on the University Websites.
                            Questions?

If you have any further questions or queries about the UCAS process, please
feel free to contact me at the school and I will try and answer them for you.

				
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