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UCAS Application Form - Help and Advice

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:17

Here is our quick guide to filling out your UCAS form by Caroline Wadham.

If the constant reminders from your school or college haven’t been enough, the deadline for your UCAS application is fast approaching. Fear not, if you still haven’t covered much ground on your application here is some useful advice to get your application finished and sent off before the 15th January.  Use UkUniversitySearch if you haven't yet made your final university choices, the site you will find a handy UCAS points calculator.

1.Register: this point is pretty self-explanatory.  Just follow the instructions after clicking register in the apply tab on the UCAS website. If you’re not applying independently then use the buzzword from your school/college. This section will include verifying your email address and choosing a security question.

2.Additional Information: This includes your ethnic origin and your parent’s educational and occupational history.  Luckily, this section isn't compulsory and won’t affect your application so if you come across it the night before the deadline feel free to skip it.

3.Student Finance: Unfortunately this isn't your actual student finance application, that’ a treat to save for another time. This will just make student loans and awards organisations aware of those who need extra financial support. If this page doesn't show just check that the Personal Details section is completely filled out. 

4.Study Choices: now the admin stuff is done its time to put weekends attending open days to good use. In this section you are able to put five university options down. There’s no preference order and universities/colleges will not be able to see where else you have applied.

5.Education and Employment History: like the Personal Details section this is self-explanatory. Here you put down your academic and employment history.  You will need to include company names, addresses and start and finish dates.

6.Personal Statement: Now for the creative part. In this section you write down why you want to study the course you've applied for and what would make you a great student. If you have completed any relevant voluntary work or done anything that makes you stand out from other applicants include it here.  

7.Double-check and Get a Reference: Check you have entered everything correctly and get a reference from a teacher or professional. Pay the application fee, ranging from £12-£23 and send it off. Good luck!