Everything you must know for a perfect UCAS application

September 22nd 2020

Every year at William Clarence, we work with families from the UK and around the world, advising on the best courses and universities for every student.

The UK is one of the world’s most pupilar destinations to study higher education, as well as one of its leading destinations for international students. In fact, UK universities are among the best in the world – so it comes as no surprise that competition for places can become fierce – which all begins with the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application process.

Read on and watch the adjacent video to learn more about crafting the perfect UCAS application, and how our experts will provide you with unmatched UCAS application support at every stage of the process:

The UCAS process and William Clarence’s UCAS application support:

1. UCAS and Key Deadlines

  • Main application deadlines are in October and January, depending on the chosen course and/or university
  • Some universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge and those with more vocational courses, may have earlier deadlines
  • You cannot apply for two different courses at the same university, and you cannot apply to Oxford and Cambridge in the same year
  • The earlier you start your application, the greater your chances for success will be!

William Clarence will: Make recommendations well in advance of the UCAS registration date so that you have plenty of time to work on your application

2. University and Course Selection

  • In the UK, there are over 50,000 courses to choose from
  • The key is to have fun researching, attend plenty of open days, and check entry requirements to ensure you are eligible

William Clarence will: Organise a programme of subject-specific wider reading to develop your curiosity and engagement

3. The UCAS form

  • Once you have selected your 5 university choices, you need to fill out a UCAS form with your personal details and other essential information 

William Clarence will: Support you to ensure that you fill out the form appropriately

4. The Personal Statement

  • For the UCAS personal statement, you have a maximum of 47 lines or 4,000 characters
  • You can only write one personal statement, and you’ll need to alter your approach depending on if you’ve chosen similar subjects or a variety
  • You should also ask yourself key questions, such as “why have I chosen this course?”

William Clarence will: Provide you with comprehensive guidance on drafting your personal statement

5. The final steps

  • You will require a reference from a teacher or other professional – pick someone who knows you well!
  • Be prepared for potential interviews, additional written work or admissions tests
  • Your offers from universities are likely to be conditional, meaning your place will not be confirmed until you receive your A-Level (or equivalent) results

William Clarence will: Offer any necessary tailored support with any additional application steps

For more information on any of the above or to arrange a consultation with William Clarence to discuss UCAS application support, please get in touch with us today!