If you’re thinking about starting university in 2017, then it’s time to start thinking about making that all important application. To help make the process a little bit easier, take a look at our six suggestions to keep you on track.
1) Make an informed decision
Choosing a university course is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, so before you begin the formal application process, make sure that you have all the information you need to make the right choice. Think carefully about location and facilities, and research the course in more detail. There’s nothing worse than starting a degree, only to find it wasn’t what you were expecting, so before you register applications, do your homework.
2) Make sure you’re happy with both your firm and your insurance choice
It’s human nature to have a preference, but it’s essential that you are happy to attend both your first and second choice of university. You should invest as much time researching your second choice as your first. It’s also a good idea to choose a course with slightly lower entry requirements for your insurance choice, as if your grades are lower than expected, you’re much more likely to get in.
3) Meet the Deadlines
Before you do anything else, familiarise yourself with the UCAS deadlines. Your school, college or employer will often have deadlines of their own to ensure that your references are completed on time. Their deadlines are just as important (and often earlier) than the UCAS ones so make sure you know them all off-by-heart.
All the key dates for UCAS can be found on the UCAS website.
4) Get Organised
Storing all of your application information (personal statement, course codes, UCAS number), so that you can quickly and easily find the information you need, is essential. Whilst it may not feel like the most exciting task in the world, getting organised takes a lot of the stress out of the application process, so use your phone, pen and paper, or computer file to keep your details safe and accessible. Wherever you keep it, make sure you back it up!
5) Be ready for Interviews, Tests and Assignments
Many degree courses require an interview and some, such as Teaching and Nursing require proof of literacy and numeracy as part of their entry requirements. Creative courses such as Fine Art and Performance will often ask you to complete an assignment, show a portfolio or come for an audition. Don’t be put off, it’s simply to make sure that you and your chosen course are compatible, and it gives you an extra chance to show off your skills.
6) Speak Up…talk to the universities
Universities have a wide range of people employed specifically to talk to applicants, and you can easily access all kinds of information, from course-specific content to queries about accommodation. Don’t be shy, all the contact information is online, we’re happy to help and waiting to hear from you.
If you have any questions about the application process feel free to contact our undergraduate admissions team.
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Or, for general enquiries regarding studying and living at the University of Chester, please feel free to contact us.
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