Stay on track with your UCAS application by using this checklist
- Speak to your teachers, career advisers, family and friends about what you want to do next.
- Decide on the course you want to study.
- Check whether you need to have done some work experience to apply for the course. This can be a requirement of many courses, such as teaching, medicine or social work.
- Find out if you need to take any tests as part of your application process. For example, some universities may require you to sit the UKCAT to apply for a medical or dental degree.
- Identify universities that you want to go to, narrowing your selection to between 5 and 10.
- Research the universities using their websites and prospectuses.
- Visit the universities and/or attend open days.
- Decide on your five final university choices.
- Decide whether you want to take a gap year.
- Write your personal statement.
- Register online. Your school or college will give you a ‘buzzword’ that you will need to enter during the registration process.
- You may wish to view the guided tour of the application form. This takes you through the different stages of the form.
- Complete the application form. You can save your form and return to it at a later date, so you don’t need to fill it all out in one sitting.
- Arrange a reference from your school.
- Book time with your tutor to go over your personal statement so they can give you feedback.
- Get your teacher/careers adviser to check your application.
- Submit your application form before the deadline. It’s important to get your application in early, so try to submit it at the beginning of the UCAS cycle in September.
- Declare any disabilities or special circumstances in the relevant section.
- Make sure all the details are correct – your address, email, qualifications, a course code. Error can delay your application.
- Prepare for and attend any interviews you may be invited to by universities.
- If you don’t receive any offers from universities, make further applications as appropriate through UCAS Extra. This is a service designed to give applicants who do not hold offers from the five universities to which they originally applied, another opportunity to find a place. There is a useful video guide to UCAS Extra here.
- Apply for student loan via Student Finance England.
- After receiving decisions from the universities, confirm your firm and insurance choices. Your insurance choice is your ‘back-up plan’ in case you don’t get the grades you are hoping for and is just as important a decision as your firm choice.
- If needed, apply to university through clearing in August. This is for students who have not secured a place at university for the current year.
- If you have a disability, make sure you indicate this when applying for student funding as you may be eligible for the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA)