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UCAS applications Post A Level Student Guide for 2009 entry NOTE: This guidance document was written before UCAS issued their instructions for 2009 entry. In case of any procedural or other discrepancy, always follow the instructions given by UCAS visit: www.ucas.com Important dates Application must be submitted to the Careers Office by: For: medicine, dentistry, vet. sci. Wednesday 10th September and Oxford and Cambridge For: all other applications Wednesday 24th September The school is required to scrutinise every application on behalf of UCAS. It is a long process. The school cannot guarantee that an application submitted after these dates will meet the relevant UCAS deadline. No applications can be processed over the half term. Early application is therefore strongly advised. Forms are dealt with by the school in strict order of receipt. Application procedure 1 Consider your intentions in the light of your A Level results. Discuss your A Level results with someone whose opinion you value: your tutor, your teacher, your housemaster, a member of the careers team, your parents. Discuss your final choice of universities and course. Your decisions about higher education must be REALISTIC if they are to succeed. 2 Inform your U6 tutor of your intentions. Make sure that your tutor is fully aware of any changes since you left school in July. This might be a decision to apply for a different course, a different university. Your tutor will want details of your gap year plans in order to update your reference. 3 Complete your personal statement and have it checked. Refer to the separate guidance document: Writing your personal statement. 4 Complete your online application From approximately mid-June onwards you can go to www.ucas.com and register your personal details. Your university application is completed online and comprehensive guidance is provided by UCAS. Complete your application in September when you are certain of your intentions. Make sure that you have all the necessary information to hand, including your GCSE certificates and all your AS and A Level module/unit information. 5 From experience, the following are known issues that occur when students complete the form: about you What is my student support code? – the majority of boys should use fee code 02. You use 02 if you are eligible to be assessed for financial support, even if you think your family income will be too high for you to receive any. This is true for all British passport holders. Code 01 is only used if you are not eligible for assessment, for example because you are a foreign student, and so have to pay your tuition fees from private sources. Please visit www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk for advice if you are uncertain of your situation. courses Check carefully that you are qualified for each course that you apply to. You must check the course requirements carefully in Course Search. education Our centre number is: 17311 Your schooling ended in July 2008 GCSEs To enter your GCSE subjects and the grades you achieved, you will need the information printed on your GCSE certificates. AS Level Only enter the AS Level (or Levels) you did not continue to A Level. A Levels Enter the subjects you continued to A Level. Enter any other academic qualifications you took, such as an AEA or STEP paper. Finally, also enter any: music qualifications, drama and speech qualifications, and any additional university admissions tests you have taken such as HAT, UKCAT, and BMAT. Do NOT enter non-academic qualification such as D of E and Young Enterprise awards. Refer to these in your personal statement instead. 6 Add your personal statement (see separate guidance booklet) Did you remember to a leave line space between each paragraph? Did you check the spelling and grammar, by hand? Do not use a spell checker for the final check. Is your tutor happy with your personal statement? After you have completed your personal statement, DO NOT click ‘send to referee’, or sign the declaration, or pay for your application. 7 Hand in your application form. Print two copies of your application form, one for yourself and one for the school. Place the school copy in an envelope. Add the original certificates for any examination results declared on your application form that you sat outside Haberdashers School. We know the results for any exam you sat at school. Add any non-GCSE exam certificates such as music, drama etc. These certificates will be returned to you. Label your envelope with the following information: NAME POST A LEVEL APPLICANT / U6 FORM U6 FORM TUTOR’S INITIALS THE COURSE THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR 8 If you are applying to Oxford: Include an Oxford Application Form in the envelope. This should be collected from the Careers Office. Pay the Oxford administration fee by debit or credit card. Precise instructions accompany the Oxford Application Form. Cambridge no longer uses a separate application form. 9 Take your envelope to the Careers Office and place it in the posting box outside. 10 Corrections and amendments The school may ask you to make corrections to your form. Do this as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Print off two corrected copies of your application, hand one back in to the Careers Office. Remember: Mistakes will delay your application as we have to check the whole thing again! 11 When do I click: ‘send to referee’? When the school has approved your application we will tell you by email to click ‘send to referee’. Do this straight away. Your application is now locked, allowing the school to add the reference. 12 Pay for your application You pay by credit or debit card. You can use a card belonging to yourself, parent, guardian or relative. It takes just a few minutes over a secure link. If you forget to pay, your application will not be processed by UCAS. 13 The school adds your reference and emails your application to UCAS. DO NOT PESTER US FOR INFORMATION. We will come to you if there is a problem. 14 You can follow the progress of your application online.
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