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How to Apply - Overview

There’s a lot to consider when applying to university, where to go, what course you want to study, how far you want to live away from home, the financial implications and much more. None of this matters unless you submit your online application on time, accompanied by a strong personal statement. University applications have risen this year and last year alone over 40,000 students did not secure places at university, so make sure that you’re not one of them.

Don’t be one of those unsuccessful students; make sure you secure a place at the University of your choice. You need to apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you can do this online at For most courses this will need to be completed by 15th January in the year you hope to start at university. There are various stages to your online application, although you will be helped through this with the aid of an online tutorial. During the last stage you will be asked for your card details so be expecting this, the cost has gone up slightly compared to last year and it will now cost you £21 to process your application.

UCAS manages all UK full-time undergraduate applications, which means you only need to fill in one form to apply for five universities, so make sure that you take advantage of all options that are available to you. Your online application will be accompanied by a personal statement, this is a very important document and after achieving your A-level results (or equivalent) it is the single most important aspect of applying for university.

I am sure that you have heard the horror stories about universities interviewing perspective students before offering them a place on the course. Although this is true for some courses, it’s not true for all of them. Your personal statement may be the one and only thing that universities have to judge you. Make sure you sell yourself to prospective universities and write a strong personal statement that will make you stand out from the others.


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