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UCAS(Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the organisation responsible for managing applications to most full-time higher education courses in the UK e.g. degrees and Foundation Degrees.

The UCAS website provides:

  • On-screen help and advice as you work your way through ‘Apply’. You can also watch the UCAS video guide to using Apply
  • A wide range of information and support that will help your research and decision making before, during and after your application. 
  • A tool that enables you to ‘Track’ the progress of your applications on-line, as well as managing decisions and your offers.  

You may select up to five courses. For most courses, you should try to apply between September 1st and January 15th. It is important to note, however, that applications for Oxford or Cambridge (Oxbridge), medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry must be before October 15th, and that  some art courses have a later date. See UCAS information on important dates. If you are not ready to apply by the recommended deadlines, a later application may be  possible as long as courses are not full.

Personal Statement

Part of the application process requires you to write a personal statement. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell universities and colleges about your suitability for the course(s) that you hope to study. Adults have lots and skills and life experiences that will be valued in higher education - so now's your chance to sell yourself!  You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment, and above all, ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

If you are already in work you could ask your Unionlearn Representative to help you with your application and personal statement or, if in a college, then ask Student Services or your tutor for help.

There is also help online from Student Room or from the UCAS site. Some higher education institutions include information on their websites about what they are looking for in a personal statement so check these out too. Find a Provider.

There are commercial companies offering help with personal statement's for a charge but do check out their credentials!

The information in your NE Career Engine HE Skills Map can also help you complete your personal statement. 

If you need help or advice on your application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468.  

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