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									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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