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 »


Helping your students make the right university choice – free webinar

Barbara Bassot Choosing a university is just like choosing a holiday! Or is it? Some people might say that choosing a university is like choosing a holiday; in some respects it is, and in others it isn’t. As your students prepare to make their first major career related decisions, they are likely to experience a… 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 »


Results Day – A Guide to Adjustment and Clearing for Careers Leaders

University Choice

Adjustment Adjustment might give students an opportunity to reconsider where and what to study. If they met all the conditions of their firm choice and exceeded at least one they could change their place for another course they may now prefer. Adjustment begins on A level results day and lasts until 31 August. If your… 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 »


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 »


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 »


Preparing for a university admissions interview

Brian Heap’s advice for students getting ready for their university interview: University interviews may be arranged simply to give you a chance to see the institution and the department and to meet the staff and students. Alternatively, interviews may be an important part of the selection procedure for specific courses such as Law, Medicine and… Read more »


Countdown to the Oxbridge application deadline

With the 15 October deadline for Oxbridge applications not far away, here’s a handy checklist of key dates to keep in mind: September Finalise your personal statement with your teachers. Visit the UCAS website and register. Fill in the UCAS form – UCAS applications may be submitted from mid-September, see the UCAS website for key dates…. Read more »