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 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
Deadline for replies from Universities
Deadline for student choices
Choose 1st and 2nd choice
Results, Confirmation and Clearing
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
Selective, competitive programmes
Many arts/humanities programmes
Vocational programmes which require work experience
May form basis of interviewHow important is the 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…
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
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 choiceRemember…
What can you do between now and January (or October, or March) to enhance your application?
Any Questions? March) to enhance your application?
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
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
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
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