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This website was created and is maintained by the Schools Liaison team at Oxford Brookes University in collaboration with Magpie. The content is aimed at providing impartial and accurate information, advice and guidance about higher education in the UK.

The team are committed to widening participation in higher education by under-represented groups. To find out more about the activities we may be able to offer your school or college, please visit our website.

If you have any suggestions or feedback about the site, please email schools.liaison@brookes.ac.uk.

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Application checklist

Stay on track with your UCAS application by using this checklist

RESEARCH STAGE

  • 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.

APPLICATION STAGE

  • 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.

POST-APPLICATION STAGE

  • 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)

Application checklist

Stay on track with your UCAS application by using this checklist

RESEARCH STAGE

  • 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.

APPLICATION STAGE

  • 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.

POST-APPLICATION STAGE

  • 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)
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