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APPLYING TO UCAS

The UCAS application procedure is fairly straightforward, and is described in detail on their website.

Applicants should first look into the courses and universities available and decide to which they wish to apply. It is important to bear in mind that many courses have entry requirements that must be met if applications are to be considered.

Having decided which courses they wish to apply to, applicants must register with UCAS online. They will then be able to fill in the application form. This involves supplying necessary personal details, student finance arrangements, course choices, and educational history.

Applicants must then write and include a personal statement. This is the most difficult part of the application process, and the one that Personal Statement Pro’s services are designed to help with. Our bespoke Personal Statement Editing and Personal Statement Writing services will allow you to submit a personal statement that reflects your skills, abilities and enthusiasms in the best possible light.

Finally, applicants send their applications off. References will then be added by their nominated referees – usually teachers from their school – and a small fee paid. Most applications have to be submitted by 15th January, although there are some exceptions.

Exceptions

The main exceptions to the January 15th deadline are applications to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and applications to medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry. For all of these courses, the deadline for application is 15th October. The reason for this is that these courses are highly competitive, and look to interview as many of the applicants as possible in order to provide additional information for the selection process.

The competitiveness of these courses, and the fact that they interview applicants, make the personal statement if anything more important: it is essential to have a strong personal statement to further your chances of reaching the interview stage, and the contents of your personal statement are likely to form at least part of the basis of your interview.

Applying from Overseas

The UK is an increasingly popular destination for international students looking to receive exceptional higher education. The application process is very similar to that for UK students: applicants must log into UCAS, fill in the necessary information, submit an application by the necessary date and include a personal statement, references and the payment fee.

The main differences occur after your application has been processed: international students may have to pass English language proficiency tests, and will have to organise the necessary student visas and financial arrangements.

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