Applying to University
Applying to university can be a daunting process. Even if you know exactly what course you want to study there are so many universities that teach in different ways or offer different opportunities. This can make it very difficult to make a decision on how to decide a course.
But don’t fear! Below is some advice to help you choose the best university and course for you.
Choosing the Course.
With thousands of courses on offer it can be difficult to know where to begin. My advice to you for finding a course would be to either think about what kind of work you might like to do professionally or pick a course that relates subject you have really enjoyed in school. University is a lot harder than school and if you are doing a course you don’t enjoy it will make it harder to have the motivation to do the work. You should also bear in mind how you learn best; there are a range of courses that have more focus on exams, coursework, or practicals. If you can get a course that can work to your strengths you’re more likely to do well. The best place to find all the courses on offer to you is the course search on the UCAS Website.
Once you have decided on a couple of courses you’re interested in check the grade boundaries to see if they are within your reach. The universities rankings are also important to check because Universities that have high rankings can be more desirable to employers. You should also check the university’s location. If you’re a home bird choosing somewhere that is hours away might not be for you, as you won’t be able to go home as often as you like.
Once you have narrowed the courses down it is worth attending the open days. It’s a great way to meet staff, students and get a feel for the university. You can see when are open days are here: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/undergrad/open-days/
Once you have your top 5 picks for university you can start your application. This will involve inputting your personal data, a personal statement and selecting your choices. To select your course and university, you have to input the course and university code into your choices. Once you’re happy with the whole of your application you can send it off. You must do this before 15th January. When you have sent off your application the waiting begins! The university will be in touch with you as soon as possible to tell you if you have been successful. You can track the progress of your application on UCAS Track. When you have all your other offers back you can then decide your first choice and an insurance choice. Your insurance choice is your second choice in case you don’t hit the conditions for your firm; for this reason, it is a good idea to pick an insurance choice with lower grades.
After you have done this, congratulations- you’ve applied! The most important thing now is to respond to your choices emails and perhaps go on an applicant’s visiting day. Then, you can focus on smashing your exams. However, sometimes things don’t always go to plan. If they don’t- don’t panic! There are plenty of options through clearing, which you can find more about on the UCAS Website.