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Get ready for UCAS by planning ahead 

Are you thinking about applying to study a higher education course? 

Use the next few months wisely, and start planning for your UCAS application.  

Did you know? UCAS have key dates when applying for University. It’s important you do plenty of research into what you want to study and where you would like to study it.

Plan ahead now, so that you’re ready to apply before the deadlines.  

Still thinking about your options?  Look at Options at 17 and 18

UCAS Undergraduate Apply is now open to register for 2019 entry. Get ahead of the game and start preparing your application. Completed applications can be submitted to UCAS from 5 September 2018. 

Let us help you get started! 

  • What are the key dates and deadlines?

    Check UCAS to keep updated on all the important key dates in 2018 and 2019.

    Here are some of the key dates and deadlines:

    Key dates:

    • 22 May 2018. UCAS open for undergraduates for  to start their applications for 2019 entry.

    • 18 July 2018. UCAS Conservatoires Apply is live for application for 2019 entry. 

    • 5 September 2018. Completed applications can start to be submitted to universities and colleges for 2019 entry.

    Key deadlines:

    • 1 October 2018 at 6pm. Deadline for music applications for 2019 entry.  

    • 15 October 2018 at 6pm. Deadline for applications to Oxford, Cambridge, and most courses in Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine/Science for 2019 entry. 

    • 15 January 2019 at 6pm. Deadline for majority of undergraduate courses for 2019 entry. 

    Read more about the UCAS Early deadline dates.

  • How do I start planning for UCAS?

    Going to University is a big step, so make sure you plan ahead so that you have all the information you need to apply.

    Think about:

    • Registering. Register with UCAS so you'll be up and running by the time you want to start on your application. It's a good way to familiarise yourself with the site.

    • Any key dates and deadlines. Certain courses such as Medicine and Veterinary have deadlines. Also, universities like Cambridge and Oxford have specific deadline dates you’ll need to apply by. Read more about the UCAS Early deadline dates.

    • Your career ideas. Will you need to do a specific degree?  Look at Career Search to find out more about the entry requirements of different jobs.

    • What each university can offer. Use UCAS search tool to look at the courses on offer and research further on University guide. Remember! Look for the entry requirements of each course.

    • Attending Open days. Attending Open days will give you a better idea of the set up in the university, the local area, opportunities and just a general feel for whether you can settle there. Keep up to date with all the Open Day dates and read about Getting the most out of University Open Days.

    • Finding Work Experience. Admissions tutors want to see details of work experience in your personal statement.  For courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and many other courses, work experience is a minimum requirement. Use the next few months to get valuable work experience in career areas you are interested in.  Volunteering is a great way to get started. 

  • Start thinking about your Personal Statement

    What's the purpose of a Personal Statement?

    A personal statement is a key part to your UCAS application.There can be a lot of competition to get on the course of your choice. Universities look for more than just grades to choose their students. Stand out from the crowd with a strong personal statement. Write about;

    • Your passion for the subject and why you're the right person for the course
    • Your future goals
    • The skills you've gained and their relevance to the course and career goals
    • Why you really want to study the course 
    • Any work experience or voluntary work you've done
    • Your hobbies and interests and what you gain from these 
    • What your strengths are 

    Look at the UCAS Personal Statement page for more information.


    Take a look at the video for more information about writing your personal statement.

  • Do you need more support?

    Speak to someone about your options. 

    It is important that you get all the information available to make the right choice. We provide information and advice to support you with your option choices so contact us today for help with:

    • Understanding your options 

    • Making the right choices

    • Discussing your ideas in more detail

    • Exploring other career ideas

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