Thursday, 30 June 2016

Clearing: What you need to know

What is Clearing?
Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who has made a UCAS Undergraduate application and doesn’t hold any offers. Running from 5 July to mid-September, you’ll be eligible for Clearing if:
  • you apply after 30 June
  • you are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
  • your place is not confirmed after exam results are published
Last year, thousands of places were available through Clearing, such as English and law, with over 64,300 applicants obtaining places.

Courses in Clearing aren’t just the ones nobody wants – there are many reasons why courses are still available. It’s an opportunity for those who have missed their conditions, or had a last minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study.

How do you use Clearing?
Well, the first place to start is to search for vacancies in our search tool. You need to select your location along with the ‘Clearing 2016’ tab before searching for vacancies.

After you’ve found the course you’re interested in, give the uni a call to make sure you meet the entry requirements and they still have vacancies. If they offer you a place and you want to accept it, add the Clearing choice in Track. When you sign in, if you’re eligible for Clearing, in the ‘Next Steps’ section you’ll be given an option to ‘Add a Clearing choice.’

You can apply for one choice at a time through Clearing. Once a choice has been selected, you cannot add another, unless you’ve been unsuccessful with the first one. If you want to apply elsewhere once you’ve added a choice, then you need to ask that uni to cancel your place so you’re able to apply again through Clearing.

If you only applied for one choice in your original application you’ll need to pay an additional £11 to go through Clearing.

Have any questions about Clearing? Have a look at our website or get in touch with our advisers on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also check out our video guides to Clearing.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Euro 2016

With Euro 2016 just around the corner, we’ve taken a quick look at how many applicants from each participating country applied to study in the UK last year, with some interesting facts from each. So as the teams prepare to kick off, check out your country’s result!

Group A
France – 20,790 applicants – France has the highest number of accepts from outside the UK.
Romania – 16,130 applicants – Romania has the highest number of applications to computer sciences outside the UK.
Albania – 390 applicants – Business studies is the most popular course applied to from Albania.
Switzerland – 5,590 applicants – 86% of Swiss applicants are to English providers.











Group B
England – 1,987,780 applicants – 15% of English applications are to medicine courses.
Russia – 6,025 applicants – 32% of applicants are to business and administrative studies.
Wales – 95,720 applicants – 16.3% of Welsh applications are to medicine courses.
Slovakia – 2,600 applicants – 34% of Slovakian application are to Scottish providers.










Group C
Germany – 13,700 applicants – Germany has the highest number of biological sciences outside the UK.
Ukraine – 1,265 applicants – 5% of Ukrainian applications are made by those 21 and over.
Poland – 12,775 applicants – Outside the UK, Poland has the highest number of applications to Welsh unis.
Northern Ireland – 93,720 applicants – 61% of Northern Irish applications are made by 18 year olds. The highest of all countries listed.










Group D
Spain – 13,115 applicants – Outside of the UK, Spain has the highest number of applications to engineering courses.
Czech Republic – 3,665 applicants – 51% of application are made by 19 year olds. The highest of all countries listed.
Turkey – 2,725 applicants – Business studies is the most popular course applied to from Turkey.
Croatia – 1,220 applicants – 62% of application from Croatia were from females.










Group E
Belgium – 4,950 applicants – 89% of Belgian applications were made by those under the age of 20.
Italy – 20,810 applicants – Outside the UK, Italy has the highest total number of applications.
Republic of Ireland – 23,250 applicants – The highest percentage of application from females at 72%!
Sweden – 6,125 applicants – 38% of applications from Sweden are for Scottish providers. The highest percentage outside of Scotland.










Group F
Portugal – 4,460 applicants – The most popular course applied to from Portugal is creative arts and design.
Iceland – 175 applicants – Iceland is the only country where more applications were made by men than women.
Austria – 2,710 applicants – 25% of Austrian applications are to Scottish providers.
Hungary – 3,610 applicants – 35% of Hungarian applications are made by mature students.










Want to apply to university in this year? You have until 18:00 (UK time) on 30 June to send us an application with five choices. If you apply after 30 June you’ll be entered in to Clearing. Check out all the advice on ucas.com or ask our advisers on Facebook or Twitter.


Friday, 27 May 2016

Thinking of starting uni this year?

Thinking about starting university this year? You can still apply for courses until 18:00 (UK time) on 30 June.

Where can I find vacancies?
You can find all course vacancies in our search tool.

Once you’ve found some you’re interested in, it’s still worth giving the uni a quick call to make sure they have vacancies and will consider your application.

How do I apply?
So you’ve found some courses you want to apply to and you’ve made sure they’ve got vacancies – the next step is completing your application!

There’s lots of advice to get you started on our website. You may need a little extra help with some parts of the application, such as the education section and your personal statement. If so, check out these great videos for lots of great advice.

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Once you’ve completed your entire application, including a reference, you’ll be able to pay for and send us your application. The fee is £12 for one choice or £23 for more than one choice.

What happens if I apply after 30 June?
Any application sent to us after 30 June will be entered in to Clearing.

Good luck with your application! 

If you have any questions about applying, check out all the advice on ucas.com or ask our advisers on Facebook or Twitter.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Teacher Training: Three things to consider before you apply

It’s not too late to apply for teacher training programs for 2016 entry. If you’ve already made an application, and you don’t hold any offers, you may be able to apply elsewhere using Apply 2. If you haven’t applied, you can submit an application up until 15 September, but there are a few things to consider before you apply through either of these routes.

Choosing the right training programme

There are a few different training programmes available. Check out the different routes into teaching and see which one is the right fit for you. Make sure that you meet the entry requirements for the route you wish to apply to. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to search for some training providers!

Vacancies

Search for all programmes that have vacancies in our search tool. Even if the programme you’re interested has vacancies listed, it’s always worth ringing the training provider just to make sure that they can consider your application.

Interviews

You have to attend an interview before you can be offered a place on a teacher training programme. You’ll be interviewed within 40 days of sending in your application so make sure you’re prepared! We’ve got lots of top tips to help you prepare for interviews, with some advice on what skills the training providers are looking for. Also, check out this great video on how to prepare for a teacher training interview.
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Got any questions about applying for teacher training programmes? Check out all the advice on ucas.com or send us your questions on Facebook or Twitter.

It's not too late to use UCAS Extra

Have you used all five choices but not holding any offers? You may be able to apply for more using Extra! If you’re not sure how to use it then we’ve got it covered in this short blog post.

When can I use Extra?
If you’ve used all five choices and don’t hold any offers, you can use Extra up until 4 July. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible or not, sign in to Track to check your status. If you have an option to Add Extra Choice then you’re in Extra.



Where can I check for vacancies?

All course vacancies will be listed in our search tool. When you search for a course you’ll have a selection of filters down the left hand side. Make sure you click on the option Show courses in Extra to narrow down your search.

Once you’ve found a course you’re interested in, it’s still worth giving that uni or college a quick call to make sure they have vacancies and will consider your application.

Course vacancies are updated all the time by the unis, so it’s worth keeping an eye on our search tool.
When will the uni make a decision?

When you apply through Extra the uni or college has until 14 July to make a decision. Once they’ve made a decision you’ll receive an email to check Track.

If you’re offered a place, you must reply by 22 July otherwise your offer will be declined automatically.

Have any further questions about Extra? Have a look at our website or get in touch with our advisers on Facebook or Twitter.