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UCAS Applications & Personal Statements. UCAS – The Basics. UCAS application deadlines: Medicine / Veterinary / Dentistry / Oxbridge 15 October Most others 15 January Art and Design Route B 24 March but apply earlier for best chance Can apply for up to 5 choices

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UCAS – The Basics

UCAS application deadlines:

Medicine / Veterinary / Dentistry / Oxbridge 15 October

Most others 15 January

Art and Design Route B 24 March

but apply earlier for best chance

Can apply for up to 5 choices

All applications now done on-line - UCAS Apply

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UCAS – The Basics

  • End March

    Deadline for replies from Universities

  • End April

    Deadline for student choices

    Choose 1st and 2nd choice

  • End August

    Results, Confirmation and Clearing

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UCAS Apply

Completed online in school/college

One form for all 5 choices

Often your only chance to sell yourself

Four main sections:

- Personal details and application choices

- Qualifications gained and pending

- Personal statement

- School/College reference


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Extremely important for

Selective, competitive programmes

Many arts/humanities programmes

Vocational programmes which require work experience

May form basis of interview

How important is the personal statement?

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Top 5 Tips

  • Don’t rely on grades alone

  • You need to make a quick impact

  • Take your time

  • If applying to defer entry by a year – tell us why

  • Remember that your form may be read by an Admissions Tutor who:

    • loves their subject, and

    • will be teaching students they choose

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Average Personal Statement

I want to do X at University because I like it at A level….

6-8 lines about the subject of study

‘I have Gold award Duke of Edinburgh’

Lists the 20 sports played and 15 positions of responsibility held at school

I like socialising with friends, reading and films…

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Excellent Personal Statement one…

Clever, high impact opening sentence - this is usually written last to avoid getting a ‘block’ about it

Over half about the subject area

- shows real passion for the subject area

- academics are passionate about their subject!

Work experience/career aspirations

Explain context of social life/achievement

- why? NOT what?, skills learnt and challenges/setbacks

Shows real personality

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You have one chance to get noticed! one…

Deadlines are not a target – earlier is better!

Check carefully to avoid silly mistakes

Show your personality and your passion

Be reflective not just descriptive

Get help but make it your own authentic voice

Show you have researched your course choice


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What can you do between now and January (or October, or March) to enhance your application?

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Resources March) to enhance your application?




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Any Questions? March) to enhance your application?

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Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and March) to enhance your application?David Beckham, have undoubtedly gone down in history. They all had or have a passion, be it war or fighting against racism. (History)

Some First Sentences

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As a big kid myself I have been drawn to the teaching profession to work with people on the same wavelength as myself! Children say the funniest things and never has a comedian come up with a one man show as memorable as some children's one liners! (Primary Teaching)

Some First Sentences

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If I could paint my future I would leave the canvas blank, an unwritten masterpiece in the depth of the mind exposed to endless possibilities. Where is the adventure in knowing your destiny before you can hold it in the palm of your hand and be proud of your achievements. (Art with Art Therapy in mind as a career)

Some First Sentences

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The word 'literature' conjures up many different things for many different people – for me the word literature conjures up images of adventure, escapism, knowledge and relaxation. (Creative Writing)

I know what you picked up, I know which cup you drank from, and I know which door you left the room by last. (Forensic Science)

Some First Sentences