The UCAS application: Meeting the deadline

There are three deadlines for applications to courses through UCAS. They are 18.00 hours (UK time) on each of these dates: 15 October, 15 January and 24 March. The deadline for application to most courses is 18.00 hours (UK time), 15 January. (Remember, however, that you will have to submit your application to your referee… Read more »


Step by step practicalities for applying to Oxbridge – a student’s guide

By Matthew Carmody So finally you are ready to apply. The next stage is arguably the one that causes students the most anxiety, until they are invited to interview of course. Your UCAS application will need to be submitted by the closing date for all Oxbridge applications of 6 p.m. on 15 October. Let’s go… Read more »


UCAS application dates 2018 – applications after 30th June

UCAS application dates poster

If your students are applying to university, applications made after 30th June will go directly into Clearing, to be taken up by universities who have places to fill. 30 JUNE 2018 – applications received by UCAS after 30th June are entered into Clearing If you send your application by 18:00 on 30th June 2018, UCAS will… Read more »


Reflective activities to support university choice

University Choice

By Barbara Bassot Many students say that the process of university choice is challenging and here are some of the reasons why: 1. It’s complex – thinking about which university a student may want to go to involves lots of different things, such as where to study, what to study. 2. It’s time consuming –… Read more »


UCAS application dates poster 2019 now available

UCAS application dates 2019

Out now!  The 2019 key UCAS application dates poster has arrived! Don’t be without this infographic which gives you all of the important dates your students need for their UCAS application for 2019 entry.  Download and share as an infographic or print it and use it as a poster for your wall. Deadlines start rolling in… Read more »


UCAS application dates 2018 – 3rd May!

UCAS application dates poster

If your students are applying to university, today is another key date in the UCAS application process: 3 MAY 2018 – University/college decisions due on applications submitted by 15 January 2018 If you applied by 15th January and you’re still waiting, universities and colleges will decide whether they’re making an offer by 3rd May. If you… Read more »


Maximising your chances of getting offered a university place

Choose your course and institution carefully In the choices section of Apply (the UCAS application website) all your university/college choices (a maximum of five) are to be listed, but remember that you should not mix your subjects. For example, in popular subject areas such as English, History or Physiotherapy, it is safer to show total… Read more »


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

University Choice

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 »