Guide to Planning for University Admission
If you are either still at school, or have just finished your A-level exams, the next important step is to secure a university place, with a suitable course for your chosen career. Some students attain very high scores, and they will more than likely be offered a place at the university of their choosing, but in the event your A-level exams are finished, you will have a full two months before the clearing process begins, and this is not the time for some well-earned rest, at least not until you have secured your university placement.
The day that your A-level exam results are published is also the day that clearing begins, and if you have not yet received an offer from a university, you will have no choice but to use the clearing facility. Clearing is handled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and in order to apply, you must first register yourself with the UCAS by filling in the online form on their website. You might be looking at art and design clearing in 2018, and this is one of the more popular courses, which is why you should prepare certain things in advance.
When you do apply to any British university, there will be a space for you to type in your personal statement, and this could be the difference between being accepted or not. Check to see the word count limit and spend some time composing something suitable. Your personal statement should be upbeat and positive in nature, as often, when a university has too many applicants who all have similar grades, their choice might hinge on the students’ personal statements.
When you are browsing the various university websites, looking for suitable courses, each course has a unique UCAS number, which should be noted down, as this will be required when you do apply for clearing. Assuming you have already made a career choice, the subjects you need to study would already be known to you, and once you have the course details, you can start to look at suitable universities.
Selecting a University
There are a lot of variables with university selection, such as, the location of the university, and also their position in the league table, which gives you a performance benchmark, and you might also want to take into consideration the resources available. You can select up to 5 universities when applying for clearing, with your favoured institution at the top and the second choice below and so on. That way, if you are not accepted with your first choice, you still have options, and while we all would like our first choice, it isn’t always possible.
If you do your homework about the university admissions process, and make sure you spend some time researching, there is every chance you will end up with the right course at the right university