UCAS presentation A guide to the application process Introduction • UCAS • Application process • Personal statement • What happens next • UCAS extra • Results time UCAS – online application • UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service • Deals with the majority of full-time applications for Higher Education degrees and diploma courses (Colleges) UCAS – online application • Online system • Support and advice available through UCAS • Make changes to application at any stage • Track your application • Add new choices (if not used all 5) • Reply to offers • Cost of applying: – £11 for one course – £22 for two or more courses (up to 5 maximum) – It is wise to use all of your choices! UCAS – application deadlines • 15 October – Medicine, Dentistry, Vet Medicine – also Oxford/Cambridge applications • 15 January –All other applications • School will have own deadlines which you should follow – to allow them to write your references. Make sure you give them plenty of time. You will need to register with UCAS When you register, you will be allocated a Personal ID – make sure you make a note of this as you will need it if you contact UCAS Main sections: Make sure everything is filled in. Use the additional information section to highlight any additional courses/summer schools you take part in This highlights which sections have been completed, to be completed or are in progress UCAS – Research Courses –choose up to 5 – Make sure you use all of them! – Think about different universities/courses – Speak to admissions officers, might not be wise to apply to multiple courses in the same school/faculty (dependant on institution) • Education • Employment – part-time work should be included • About you – personal details • Personal Statement – why you want to study this course • Reference – provided by your school, includes predicted grades UCAS – The personal statement ‘Tell the universities why they should choose you’ (www.ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement/) • This is about you, in your own words • Competition for places means you have to try and stand out from other applicants • Interviews can focus on personal statement content • 4,000 Characters or 47 lines of text • Type on word doc, then paste in • get family/friends to check over it The personal statement – all about you What to include: • Why you have chosen the course? • Why are you suitable for the course • What work experience or voluntary work do you have? • Achievements/Awards • Extra-curricular interests and hobbies • Do you have career/future plans? • And don’t forget to mention the Top Up programme! Application howlers • “My ambitions include learning to sky dive... becoming fantastically rich as well as improving my A-Level grades.” • “At School I held the position of head bog.” • “I’m training a pet rat and have recently become interested in reading.” • “I also enjoy driving, especially off the road.” • “I have many interests, both interlectual and social.” The personal statement - examples • “The final destiny of man. Ever evolving, in a relentless and frantic need of immortality, slowly shifting from a natural form to a purely mental and absolute state where mass has no value. As a direct result of my interest in electronics I became increasingly interested in the scientific trend to emulate mankind..” • “…My application to study English is a natural progression from my studies of the subject at Higher and in extra curricular activities. I find literature enjoyable and challenging, and my studies to date have allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of personal, social and political circumstances on writers’ styles and works….” The personal statement - examples • “For three years I have been a member of a storytelling group that travels and performs in events across the West of Scotland. Having to engage and capture the imagination of an audience with only your voice has made me a confident and articulate speaker, which is highly important for the medical profession….” • “I spent two weeks managing customer enquiries at a department store. I learnt how to interact with customers and handle complaints. The experience highlighted the importance of positive communication between a business and its customers, and taught me how to manage difficult enquiries effectively. I would like to develop this skill further by studying a degree in public relations.” taken from www.ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement/whattoinclude#work The personal statement – further information Further information and good examples • UCAS www.ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalst atement/ The personal statement - tips • Research your courses properly • Be truthful and relevant • Be enthusiastic • Be ready to re-write your statement several times • Use your best English – but don’t over elaborate! • Double check EVERYTHING! • Pass the application to your teacher/referee in good time UCAS – researching course profiles Use a variety of sources to gather information about course profiles e.g. • UCAS entry profiles – www.ucas.com/students/choosingcourses/entryrequire ments • University prospectus • Visit universities – Open Day! • University websites • Careers advisors • Friends, family, teachers Plagiarism • Copying other people’s work is considered a serious matter at University • Admissions staff take it seriously too • UCAS checks all personal statements and flags applications with evidence of copying • Checks against current and previous statements • Advises you and the University • You will have to explain and may have to rework statement • May be rejected UKCAT, LNAT Don’t forget • Medicine & Dentistry applicants must sit the UKCAT before the application deadline – For more information and to book a test – www.ukcat.ac.uk/ • Applicants to Law at Glasgow must also sit the LNAT before the application deadline – For more information and to book a test – www.lnat.ac.uk/ • Bursaries are available to pay for test – see relevant website What happens next? • If you receive conditional or unconditional offers, you must decide on a ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ choice within the deadlines specified by UCAS These are binding agreements! • If you don’t receive any offers or decline the ones made to you UCAS Extra provides a further opportunity to apply for programmes UCAS Extra Available to candidates who have used all 5 choices but who do not hold any offers • • • • • • • UCAS will notify you if eligible You can then apply to other universities who participate in the Extra scheme Applications can only be made to one university at a time University has 10 days to consider your application If you accept an offer, you can no longer participate in Extra If you reject/don’t receive an offer, you can make another application UCAS Extra runs from March until June Results time • If you have achieved the grades for your “firm” choice you will automatically be accepted to that institution • However, if you have not achieved the grades and if your Firm institution does not wish to confirm you, you will move to your “insurance” choice. • If you have not achieved the grades required for either your “firm” or your “insurance” choice, there are further options available to you through Clearing Results time Clearing • Institutions await publication of all results • Institutions then check the numbers firmly accepting offers • If application is not confirmed UCAS will place candidates in clearing. You will then have to go on to UCAS Track and choose courses/institutions • It is important to contact universities first to see what is available • Courses available listed on UCAS and through national newspapers (at the time) Summary • • • • • • • Do your research Take time over your personal statement Complete your UCAS application Consider the offers you receive Select your ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ options Await results Start university! The Top Up Programme • Running since 1999 • 40 schools • 65 postgraduate tutors • 1,140 16-18 yr old students Aims To prepare students for higher education study To enable students to succeed in their chosen course of study To give students a ‘mini’ higher- education experience How does it work • postgraduate tutors •sessions in school •session on campus Key Academic Skills • Lectures • Seminars • Library & I.T • Student Life • Meet UG students Assessment • Student Profile consists of the following areas: - • Overall performance • Seminar • Written Assignment Questions studied 1. Public Art 2. Images of Scotland 3. Film 4. Science 5. Renewable Energy Assesment • You are assessed on this Programme: • BBB or above is needed for results to be passed to admissions officers • Vital you put on your UCAS application that you are taking part in Top Up! • Essential that you complete the Programme How does the Top-Up Programme help? Students with BBB or above in the Top-Up Student Profile, will have it forwarded to admissions officers in the HEIs to which they have applied: – You must complete the Programme to receive 3 grades – Admissions agreements differ across the west of Scotland HEIs – contact Top-Up staff if in doubt – One Higher grade may be adjusted (not always for priority subjects) – University of Glasgow: one grade in two Highers for some subjects and conditional offer made – You must have Top-Up included on your UCAS application.