UCAS Application and Personal Statement Oct 2009


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UCAS Application and Personal Statement Oct 2009

  1. 1. Applying to University Bobbi Hartshorne www.herts.ac.uk/
  2. 2. Applying to University What will I cover? <ul><li>What to do, when </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing UCAS </li></ul><ul><li>The application process </li></ul><ul><li>The application form </li></ul><ul><li>Getting an offer, missing your grades and doing better than you expected </li></ul><ul><li>What next? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Applying to University What to do when Date Tasks Achieved Year 12 Summer Term <ul><li>Researching Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Researching Courses </li></ul><ul><li>www.ucas.com </li></ul><ul><li>Go on Open Days </li></ul><ul><li>www.opendays.com </li></ul>Summer Holidays Yr 12 – Yr 13 <ul><li>Start drafting your Personal statements </li></ul>September Yr 13 <ul><li>Selection of 5 courses </li></ul><ul><li>Final draft of Personal Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Start completing application form </li></ul>October Yr 13 <ul><li>Teachers references written </li></ul>November Yr 13 <ul><li>Final check and Submission </li></ul>
  4. 4. Applying to University Successful Researching Search by course See where you can study Find out more
  5. 5. Applying to University Successful Researching <ul><li>www.opendays.com </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Ahead to fit them all in </li></ul><ul><li>Questions to ask: </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like the area/town? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there good facilities? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there lots of things to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the specifics of the course you’re looking at? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you imagine yourself here? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Applying to University Introducing UCAS <ul><li>University and Colleges Admissions Service </li></ul><ul><li>Act as the Middleman </li></ul><ul><li>One online form for all your applications </li></ul><ul><li>Direct you to student finance </li></ul>
  7. 7. Applying to University The Application Process <ul><li>Submit in early Yr 13. </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS check your application and pass it on to all the universities you’re applying to. </li></ul><ul><li>The institutions tell UCAS if you’ve been successful. </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS inform you of these decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Once you have all the response, you select a Firm and Insurance offer. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Applying to University The Application Form <ul><li>Personal Details </li></ul><ul><li>Your GCSE results </li></ul><ul><li>Your AS results </li></ul><ul><li>Your predicted A Level Results </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers/Academic Reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give them plenty of time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal Statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The only bit that takes any time really </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Institutions will use the form alone to make their decision. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure it is PERFECT! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Applying to University Getting an offer, Missing your grades and doing better than expected <ul><li>Getting an offer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unconditional Offer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conditional Offer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Missing your grades </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t Panic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance offer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-Apply </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doing better than expected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Adjustment Period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approach with caution </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Applying to University What to do next? <ul><li>Work to achieve the highest grades possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep as many doors open as possible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start researching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entry Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information for your personal statement </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Any Questions?
  12. 12. Personal Statements Bobbi Hartshorne www.herts.ac.uk/
  13. 13. Personal Statements What will I cover <ul><li>An overview of Personal Statements </li></ul><ul><li>How are they used? </li></ul><ul><li>A good template </li></ul><ul><li>The dos </li></ul><ul><li>The do Nots </li></ul><ul><li>Questions to answer </li></ul><ul><li>Being original </li></ul>
  14. 14. Personal Statements A brief overview <ul><li>Used to provide interview fodder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And/Or </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plays a much larger role in deciding whether or not you are offered a place at University </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions tutors at most Universities will spend a maximum of 5 minutes reading you personal statement </li></ul><ul><li>It provides an important opportunity to distinguish yourself as ‘the best’ candidate </li></ul><ul><li>It gives the Universities a general overview of who you are, what experience you have and why the should consider you. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Personal Statements How are they used? <ul><li>To confirm the appropriateness for the course </li></ul><ul><li>To confirm commitment and organisation </li></ul><ul><li>As a point for discussion at interview </li></ul><ul><li>To find out about your subject focus (i.e. Your niche interest within you main subject/s) </li></ul><ul><li>To assess your commitment to wider reading and exploration </li></ul><ul><li>To understand your extra-curricular roles and positions of responsibility </li></ul>
  16. 16. Personal Statements A good template Paragraph/s Content Opening <ul><li>Why do you want to study the course? </li></ul>2 and 3 <ul><li>How you interest in the subject/s developed </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your niche </li></ul><ul><li>Include details of wider reading and exploration </li></ul>Closing <ul><li>Extra-Curricular Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Positions of responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>How you will make the most of your place outside your studies. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Personal Statements The Dos and Do Nots Dos! Do Nots! <ul><li>Spell accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Use the correct grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Use a clear structure </li></ul><ul><li>Provide evidence to support your statements </li></ul><ul><li>Name drop </li></ul><ul><li>Write too much </li></ul><ul><li>Lie or embroider the truth </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘used to’ </li></ul><ul><li>Use cliches </li></ul><ul><li>Leave it too late! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Personal Statements Questions to answer <ul><li>What sparked your initial interest in the subject? </li></ul><ul><li>How are the subjects you to at school relevant? (All of them) </li></ul><ul><li>How has you extended your learning in this area outside of the curriculum ? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you demonstrate that you are the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard-Working and Committed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-Organised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will make the most of a place at University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If relevant, how does your chosen course fit in with your career plans? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Personal Statements Being original <ul><li>Your personal statement is meant to be exactly that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal to you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take advice, but make sure you write it in your own words </li></ul><ul><li>Try introducing a phrase or quote to liven it up </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS now use a similarity detection system, so you will be caught if you plagiarise </li></ul>
  20. 20. Personal Statements A Further Information and Guidance <ul><li>From UCAS </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement/ </li></ul><ul><li>From Studential </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.studential.com/guide/write_personal_statement.htm </li></ul>
  21. 21. Any Questions?