A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School

 
A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
A parent’s guide to:
   UCAS process

 UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team
       study@surrey.ac.uk
A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
Coming up…

                         » Overview of the UCAS application
                           process and timeline

                         » Key components of the application
                           form

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A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
What is UCAS?

                                Only method
        Central                  of entry to             50,000
       application               UK degree             courses at
        service                 programmes            395 providers

                                            Restrictions:
                 Apply for up                Medicine,
                     to 5                    Veterinary,
                 universities             Dentistry –Oxford
                 or courses                OR Cambridge

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A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
UCAS timeline 2020: key dates in the academic year

                          2020 entry deadline                2020 entry university                           2020 entry A-level
                        for Oxbridge and most                  decisions due on                                 results day
                         courses in medicine,                applications made by
                            veterinary and                        15 January
                               dentistry

 4 September                                    15 January                                       6 July

                                                                  Rest                  Rest
Rest
                                                                  rictio                rictio
rictio
                                                                   ns:     6 May         ns:
 ns:                        15 October                                                                          13 August
                                                                                        Medi
Medi
                                                                                        cine,
cine,
UCAS opens for                              2020 entry deadline                        2020 entry clearing
completed 2020
                               Interviews
                                   and       for all other UCAS            Make your
                                                                            firm and         opens
  applications                  Applicant
                                  days
                                               undergraduate               insurance
                                                                             choices
                                                   courses
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A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
Applying

                         » Personal Details
                         » Additional Information (UK applicants
                           only)
                         » Choices
                         » Education
                         » Employment
                         » Personal Statement
                         » Teachers’ reference

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A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
What is the Personal Statement?

• A key element of the UCAS application

• A statement of 4000 characters

• One statement for five choices

• A student’s initial chance to ‘sell’ themselves
  to their chosen institutions

• Helps applicants ‘stand out’

• Contributes to a decision whether to
  interview or make offer
A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
Why is the
  Personal
 Statement
important?
A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
Why is the Personal Statement important?

  Demonstrates     Course
     Focus       Appreciation

  Personality    Interviews
A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
When is the Personal Statement MOST Important?

  Competition      Niche

    Need for
                Authenticity
   Knowledge
A parent's guide to: UCAS process - UK/ EU Student Recruitment Team - Heathside School
What a Personal
  Statement
 should… and
 shouldn’t be
What Should a Personal Statement Contain?

Reasons for
choosing the
   course
                Subject
               specific &
                 course
               knowledge
                            Personal
                              extra-
                            curricular
Why Have You Chosen This Course?

                                                   Deeper
                                 Enjoyment
                                                  interests -
                                of the subject
                                                  be specific

                                          Theory into         Work
                          Your skills
                                            practice        experience
Subject Specific

       Relevant
       Subjects   Qualifications

 Summer      Further
 Schools     Reading      Motivation

       Taster
       Days            EPQ
Extra-Curricular

  Sports
  clubs                     Societies

             Volunteering

 Relevant                     Positions
   work                          of
experience                  responsibility
Making it relevant – not just a list!

Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences
Action

                What is it that
                  you do?

           “I spent two weeks doing an
         internship at GlaxoSmithKline in
                   the summer”
Benefit

                   How has
                  this helped
                     you?

          “From this, I have developed
          excellent time-keeping skills,
          attention to detail, and great
                 communication”
Course Relevance

                                 Make
                              it relevant

                     “This will help with the Biological
                   Sciences programme as I will spend
                   lots of time working to deadlines and
                   communicating with group members
                                on projects.”
A guide to: Understanding the application process

                                GSCE Grades

                                Predicted A Level Grades (or equivalent)

                  What do       Personal Statement

                 universities   Teacher’s Reference
                  look at?      Pre-interview Tests

                                Written work or portfolio

                                Interview(s)
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A guide to: Understanding the application process

 •   Conditional (C) – Your offer is conditional on
     achieving certain entry requirements.

 •   Unconditional (UC) – Your offer is unconditional,
     and you have been offered a place at the university
     regardless of any future results

 •   Your offer may be based on your performance in an
     interview or an audition
A guide to: Making a decision

 •   Once you have received your offers and the deadline has
     passed, you must decide on your Firm (1st) and Insurance
     (2nd) choice universities

 •   This is completed via UCAS

 •   Be realistic:

          •   Your insurance should have lower entry requirements
              than your firm choice
A guide to: Making a decision

                                                            Taster Days
                                    Open Days               Masterclasses

                     Organisation               Attend                      Work
                                                Applicant                   experience
                                                Days
A guide to: Making a decision

                                You can access UCAS from anywhere

                                UCAS Track will automatically update
                                on results day

                                Time invested in your application will
                                pay off

                                Attend as many open days and
                                applicant days as possible to make best
                                possible decision for you
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