If you’ve decided that you want to apply for university, you need to submit an application through UCAS, where you can list all the information about yourself, your past qualifications and the courses that you want to apply for. Good Luck!
Important Deadline Information
The UCAS deadline is the 15th January for entries applying for 2020 or a deferred entry for 2021, although your school/ college/ sixth form may have earlier internal deadlines. If you’ve missed this but decide you want to apply, talk to your careers advisor or head of year and see if there is a way that they can still process your application.
Choosing Your Options
You can apply for up to five different courses (at the same or different universities) – basically meaning that you could apply, for example, for English Literature at five different universities or five different courses entirely at a few universities. If you want to apply for different subjects, it is advisable that you pick only a maximum of a few different courses that are somehow related (e.g. English Literature, Literature with Creative Writing or English and American Literature), which will make your life a lot easier when writing your personal statement (see below). When choosing which universities to apply for, my main bit of advice is to compare the different modules at each university to find a course which actually suits your interests! Furthermore, have a look at the rankings for your course and refine geographically (if you don’t mind anywhere or want something in a specific area of the country).
Writing your Personal Statement
Your personal statement is a really important piece of your application as it gives you the opportunity to tell the universities about yourself and why you want to study the courses that you have chosen. Make sure to include things that have given you skills that link to your chosen degree – the subjects you currently study, any taster days or internships that you have done, all will show the universities your dedication as a candidate. Talk about how you’ve read around your subject and explored further than the syllabus to show your genuine interest. Remember, you can only submit one for all of the courses you apply for, so if you have different subjects make it versatile.