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Looking to start uni for 2016 entry? The deadline for most
courses is 15 January. If you’re not sure what deadline your course has, check
in our search tool.
When you’ve found that dream course you’re interested in you
need to register, which will
give you a username and ask you to create a password. Once you’ve done that,
you can get stuck in with the application.
So once you’ve logged in, where do you begin?
Getting started The basics come first; with questions based
around your personal details so they should be straight-forward enough to
answer. If you come across any questions that aren't clear, click on the red
question mark which explains what you need to include. Check out our handy
how-tovideofor a more in-depth view of the application.
Education Here you need to add the schools or colleges
you’ve attended since the age of 13, along with the qualifications you’ve studied.
It’s worth having your certificates to hand as they’ll be useful if you’re
unsure of any of the details, such as your awarding bodies. There’s quite a lot
of info you need to add here so we’ve created thisvideoto help you.
Personal statement This is your opportunity to shout about your
strengths, talk about your interests and expand on why you want to go to
university and study your chosen course. On a practical note, it’s best to
create a draft of your personal statement in a Word document first, then copy
it over once you’re happy with it. It’s a good idea to ask someone in your
family, a teacher, or a friend to have a look over it before you add it to your
application. A second pair of eyes will help to spot any errors you might’ve
made or remind you of some important information you’ve missed off. Reading it
aloud a couple of times is a good way to check that what you’ve written flows
If you’re not sure where to start with your personal
statement, try out our handy personal statement tool which will get
Reference You need a reference before you can finish your
application. This is usually a current or previous teacher, but if you’ve been
working for a few years someone who knows you in a professional capacity, such
as an employer, may be the right person. Your referee can’t be someone in your
family or a friend.
There are a couple of ways to get a reference –
read on to see which is the right way for you.
i) If you’re applying through your school or
When you register, you’ll be asked to enter a
buzzword when you select that you’ll be applying through your school or
college. This will link your application to your school or college so your
teacher can write your reference. They’ll also be able to look over your
application and help you along the way, and when the time comes, they’ll send
it to us on your behalf.
ii) If you’re applying independently:
There are a couple of ways to get a reference if
you’re applying independently. If your previous school or college is happy to
complete a reference then in the ‘Options’ section you can select ‘ask a
registered school, college or centre to write a reference only.’ This route
needs a buzzword from the school or college so remember to discuss this with
Alternatively, you can enter your referee’s
contact details in the reference section and we’ll send them an email with
instructions on what to do.
If you’re opting for this route, make sure you
speak to your referee first to check they’ll be able to provide your reference
before you send them a request. Let them know something about the courses you
are applying for so their reference is as relevant as possible. Once they've
completed it you’ll be sent an email and the reference section will be marked
with a red tick.
with your application!
If you have any questions about applying then
have a look on ourwebsite. You can also
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their best to help.