There are only nine days left before the UCAS deadline on the 15th January! We have some last minute advice to make sure you have a great application to send off for the 2018 UCAS Deadline.
Your personal statement is your voice and universities want to hear yours. Don’t try to sound like something or someone who you. Remember to talk about why you chose the course and what you have done previously that will help you in your studies. Try not to get too many ideas or structures from the internet or previous applicants. Universities want to hear your version because it will be different from everyone else’s. But still get your teachers, career advisors, family and friends to read over your statement, to make sure it reads well and you covered everything you want to and be ready for the 2018 UCAS deadline.
Discuss your predicted grades and what you would like to study further with your teachers, year tutors and career advisors. These are the adults (except for your parents!) that know you best. They have been with you for years and can help give advice that is purely educational. Double check your predicted grades and what you are do well with your class teachers. We wouldn’t want to see you apply for a course that is too out of your league, but don’t aim too low, remember what you can achieve!
Who is your favourite teacher? Or what lesson do you do well in? Ask that teacher to write the reference for you. They will be honest and it will also help if it is the subject that you want to study further. Another great thing about an outside reference, is that they will be able to pick up extra qualities you may have missed, and make sure they’re ready for the 2018 UCAS Deadline.
If you don’t get the application completed and sent off by January 15th there is still time in August with Clearing, even if you miss the 2018 UCAS Deadline. 2013 was the most successful year of Clearing, so don’t worry! You can also defer your place and/or application for a year if you want to wait to see what grades you actually get before applying. Even if you do not receive offers from all of your choices, there is UCAS Extra, a service provided by UCAS that opens on the 25th February. You can change your course choices if you have been unsuccessful and find a great course with places available.
Now you have read these tips go and check your application! Good luck!
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