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A level results day – what if things don’t go to plan?

A level results day is a milestone date in the lives of young people and parents, involving an emotional rollercoaster of anticipation, nervousness, joy or despair, and for some, a time when plans have to be changed. You may do better than expected, and decide at the last minute that you want to go to… Read more »


Is medicine the course for you?

Only around 40% of applicants for medicine are successful in gaining places. Does this mean that the remaining 60% were unsuitable? The answer, of course, is no. Many of those who are rejected are extremely strong candidates, with high grades at GCSE and AS under their belts and the personalities and qualities that would make them into excellent doctors. There… Read more »


Putting the final polish on your personal statement

A great personal statement is a work of art, not a hastily written paragraph or two. It takes time to research, plan, draft and then re-draft. Do not be afraid to re-draft many times. You can enter between 1,000 and 4,000 characters or a maximum of 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines)… Read more »


What you need to know about UCAS applications and the points tariff

The UCAS application process can seem a daunting prospect, however, if you are organised and thorough then you should be able to navigate through it with ease. What is included in the UCAS application process? Applications to UK higher education courses are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applications have to be completed… Read more »


What makes a good UCAS personal statement?

A good personal statement is one that is written at the end of an exhaustive research process. Students who are right for the course, who have understood the demands of the subject and are ready to take on the challenge, write winning personal statements. Weak personal statements are under-prepared, written in a hurry and without… Read more »


Missed your uni offer? Don’t panic!

If your exam results surprised you – and not in a good way – and mean you’ve missed your uni offer, then you might feel like escaping to a desert island where the word ‘UCAS’ is not in the vocabulary. And you can: dress it up as a gap year, re-take a few exams and… Read more »


What skills should your art portfolio demonstrate?

With the 24 March UCAS deadline for some art and design courses fast approaching, we take a look at the skills that your portfolio should demonstrate. For most students making the move into further or higher education, the offer of a place is normally made on the basis of past academic performance, personal statements and references, predicted… Read more »


Last minute tips for students applying for medical, veterinary or dental school

With the closing date for applications for medicine, veterinary medicine, veterinary science and dentistry degrees fast approaching, here are some last minute tips to bear in mind: The all-important UCAS application A typical medical, veterinary or dental school could receive well over a thousand applications for a relatively small number of places. Your application therefore needs to… Read more »