UCAS – the application
process for Year 12 students
464,910 applicants placed
You must start researching institutions now in
order to be prepared for the UCAS 2015 launch
in the first week of September.
Write your personal statement before
the summer break.
UCAS TV has lots of useful info and vide tutorials.
15 October – Medicine,
Dentistry, Veterinary Science,
25 October – all other
applications to be sent to UCAS
Step 1: Choosing courses
Step 2: Applying
Step 3: Offers
Step 4: Results
Step 5: Next steps
Step 6: Starting university or college
What sort of job will this lead to?
Research your options
University student forums
Given either as grades eg: ABB
or as UCAS points eg: 220
Tariff points chart is on UCAS website
Gives you an opportunity to meet
admissions tutors and current students
Can ask course related and institution
Can see the town/city and local area
May be able to see accommodation
In a better position to compare
Dates on posters in school and university
Step 2 - Applying
•Start in good time (ie now!)
•Use a sensible email address
•Apply through school Buzzword is: Abbey15
•Be extremely accurate
•Can choose up to five universities/courses
•Be 100% sure of your choices
•UCAS payment – currently £23
Completed electronically on the UCAS
Students given a personal reference
number and login password – make a
note of these
Do not have to complete form in one go –
can save and come back to it
6 sections: personal details, additional
information, choices, education,
employment, personal statement
A timed unseen paper or online test
Taken in the academic year before
admission to an HEI
Often taken in a ‘high street’ test centre
BMAT BioMedical Admissions Test
UKCAT UK Clinical Aptitude Test
ELAT English Literature Admissions Test
GAMSAT Graduate Medical School
HAT History Aptitude Test
HPAT Health Professions Admissions
LNAT The National Admissions Test for
MML Modern and Medieval Languages
STEP Sixth Term Examination Papers
TSA Thinking Skills Assessment –
Oxford, Cambridge, UCL
Medicine, veterinary, dentistry, Oxford
UCAS - 15 October, school – by 28
September we need to know who you are!
All other courses
UCAS - 15 January, school - 25 October
Purpose: to make your application stand
out from the crowd
Your statement should be personal to
you, do NOT copy from example
statements online – universities have
sophisticated similarity detection
equipment – you WILL get caught out!
What they want to know:
Suitability for the course?
Keen, willing to work hard?
Work under pressure?
What will you bring socially?
Are you passionate about your subject?
Introduction to the subject
Experience that relates to the subject
Work experience and school experience
Interests outside of school,
Complete all sections
Make your payment - £23
Click on send – goes to school not UCAS
Tutor and Head of Sixth form checks form
Tutor adds reference
School sends form to UCAS
UCAS distributes the applications to the 5
I have booked IT1 and IT2 for tutorial tomorrow
(Weds 25 June).
By the end of this session, you will have
registered and gained your user name and
From this point on you can work on your
application at your own pace.