If you are applying for a University undergraduate course in the UK, you will need to apply through a tool called UCAS. All UK based universities use UCAS for their applications and you can apply for up to 5 different courses or universities. There are 2 deadlines you will need to meet:
- October for Oxford and Cambridge
- January for all other undergraduate courses
There are a couple of steps you need to follow to apply for a university course, all of these can be found here >>
One of the most difficult, and often time-consuming, steps in the process is the personal statement step. This requires a precise style of writing, so we asked members of the Stemette Society for their tips on how to succeed in UCAS applications…
Ella, Medical Student at the University of Aberdeen
“I found it easiest to break into three paragraphs. My first was specifically why I wanted to study medicine – it tied my work experience, passion for biology and chemistry, and external reading and other key information about the skills I had that made me a strong candidate. My second paragraph was focused on my work experience and shadowing, and the final paragraph – more of a sentence or two – was on other things, like awards, volunteering, hobbies, sports, and music.
I think the best advice of all of this would be to get feedback. Get your teachers to read it for you, get your parents to read it, get anyone who is willing to do so read it and give feedback. Some you might take on board, some you might not.”