UCAS Early Application Deadline - 15 October 2018

Applying for Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Science?  Applying to Oxford or Cambridge?

You need to get your application form to UCAS by 6pm on 15th October 2018.

But don't Panic! We can help with lots of information to help you complete your application. 

8 Key Steps in preparing your application:

Research your course 

Making sure you choose the course that is right for you is the most important part of your application. Start with the UCAS Search Tool to search for courses and do lots more research using The Complete University Guide and individual university websites. 

Open days  

Would you prefer a campus-based university or a city-based university? Do you want to be far from home or stay close?  Use opendays.com to check when Universities are holding their open days and go and see for yourself. Prepare for your visit to get the most out of the day.

Personal Statement  

Your Personal Statement is your chance to make your application stand out. Research subject specific examples of Personal Statements but remember not to copy. Use our Hints and Tips to get you started. 

Work experience and volunteering

Universities want to see that you are committed to the course, subject or career area.  Work experience or volunteering is not only a great way to try out your career ideas, but can help develop the skills you will need and demonstrate your passion for the subject. Find out how you could volunteer or get work experience.

‘Super-curricular activities’

Another way to show your commitment and passion for the subject or course is by undertaking academic enrichment activities or ‘super-curricular activities’. These will be over and above your normal coursework. You should read around the subject, and be up-to-date with the latest issues in the field.  You could join academic societies and attend additional lectures, or subscribe to a relevant journal or magazine. These activities will not only show your commitment, but that you have an enquiring mind and a passion for learning. For more ideas read the article 'The 34 Best Super-Curricular Activities for Applicants to Top Universities'.

Aptitude and admissions tests

For most courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science you will be required to take an aptitude test such as UKCAT or BMAT.  Oxford and Cambridge have course-specific admissions tests and assessments. Check which tests are required for your course and the deadline for taking the test. Test deadlines are often before the UCAS application deadline.


You may be invited to an interview. This will vary depending on the subject and the university. Check the admissions details for the university and course you are thinking about.

Start preparing for your interview.


Remember you also need a reference from your school or college. 

Find out more on how to get a reference.


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