Applying to University The UCAS Process UCAS – The System • University Central Admissions System • www.ucas.com • All UK applications to university are made using this online system. • Very helpful website with key sections for students, parents and teachers/advisors. • Customer Services 0871 468 0 468 • Always have your UCAS ID number available Help choosing a course • Higher Ideas software in school • UCAS website and the Stamford Test • Personal Research • A careers interview in school • University Open Days • Prospectuses Choose your courses and institutions • Five choices, no order of preference. • Not advisable to choose widely differing courses – the same personal statement is sent to each institution. • Each university does not ‘see’ your other choices. • For Oxford or Cambridge you can apply early and then add the other 4 choices after. Oxbridge, Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. • no more than four choices in any one of the following three areas: (i)medicine; (ii)dentistry; (iii) veterinary medicine or veterinary science • no more than one choice for Oxford University or the University of Cambridge (students can apply to both only if they already hold a degree or expect to hold a degree before the courses start). Other factors to consider : • Interest • Modular vs linear; • Sandwich course/year in industry/abroad. • Flexibility e.g ability to transfer to a different degree if desired. • UCAS points/grades required – do they match your UCAS predicted grades? UCAS Predicted grades/target grades? • All students have a target grade set at the top 25th percentile based on ALPS. • This is where we would like you to aspire to. • The UCAS predicted grade is what we think you are going to get – hopefully they are the same! • However, the UCAS grade can be higher or lower than your target grade – it all depends on your progress in that subject. UCAS Tariff • Each A level grade is ‘worth’ a different number of UCAS points: A level Grade UCAS Tariff A* 140 A 120 B 100 C 80 D 60 E 40 BTEC National Certificate (Sport) Tariff points BTEC National Award (Performing Arts 2012) Certificate Award DD 240 DM 200 MM 160 MP D 120 PP M 80 P 40 Entry Requirements • Sometimes this is stated in terms of grades. • Sometimes specific A levels and specific grades. • Sometimes points score. • Read very carefully. The application form. • Completed online, can complete different parts in different order. Some sections time out after about 40 minutes so make sure you save. • Main sections are ▫ Registration ▫ Personal details (no silly email addresses) ▫ Additional information ▫ Course choices ▫ Education (i.e. qualifications) ▫ Personal Statement Ideally… 1. Register with UCAS – you should do this before the Summer Holidays. 2. Complete the application form by September 23rd (if Oxbridge, Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine) or by October 21st (all other courses). 3. Add personal statement. 4. Provide tutor with hard copy of UCAS application & completed yellow form. Your form will now be checked. 5. ‘Pay & Send’ - HD will check and you will be told to ‘Pay & Send’. Pay & Send • When you ‘pay and send’ it does not mean your application goes to UCAS! • It means it is sent to your referee (which is technically Ms. Harland) • Payment must be by credit, debit or solo card. • £21 for 5 choices, £12 for one choice. Deadlines • UCAS Deadlines are October 15th and January 15th , so why do we ask for completed applications so early? ▫ Time to process the reference and add it to the form. ▫ Time to check the form details including a good ‘match’ between UCAS predicted grades and UCAS tariff required. ▫ Some courses do start to make offers before the closing date, some don’t. Register with UCAS Apply 2012. 1. Make a note of your username, password and UCAS I.D. number. (We ask you to complete these details on a yellow form but it is essential you also keep a copy of them, especially your username - Ms. Harland can reset your password if necessary). 2. Nominated access is useful if you want another person to be able to make decisions on your behalf. These details are seen by each admissions tutors. 3. Complete the details on the form, use the pull down menus and help buttons or ask us. Write your personal statement in WORD • It is a chance to ‘sell’ yourself – but be honest and don’t copy anything from the internet or anyone else’s work. • UCAS uses ‘Copycat Catcher’ software to detect plagiarism. • Help to write your personal statement is available from: ▫ Tutor ▫ UCAS guidance booklet ▫ Parents ▫ Exemplar material Hints & Tips. • Start the whole process early – use the next few weeks and the Summer holidays to research courses. • UCAS Points/Grades – are you being realistic? • Consider your course carefully – can you say convincingly why you wish to apply to this course? • Link experiences to skills acquired/attributes demonstrated – don’t list. Any questions?
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