18+ applications for university
What does this mean for UCAS and university applications?
FE students who have not yet applied to university
If you are due to start your UCAS applications in the next academic year (from September 2020) but have concerns about the impact of this years predicted results please do not worry. If you do not feel like your results are reflective of your work there will be an option to sit exams, your college or sixth form will provide you with details of this once they open again. There will also be an option to sit exams in October 2020.
It is also important to remember that your UCAS application is not based solely on your grades, your personal statement will have a huge impact on the decision making processes at all universities, so you now have an opportunity to consider your personal statement, enhance your skills, take up new hobbies and- if you are healthy and able to, why not get involved in safe volunteering opportunities within your community (please ensure that any volunteering or hobbies that you do reflect safe practices during the COVID19 outbreak) to enhance your personal statement even more.
There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses over 395 providers in the UK so there is definitely a lot of research to do before picking one. Picking the right one has a huge bearing on your overall university experience so narrowing down what you might want to do is really important!
Click on some of the links below to start...
UCAS Advice on Choosing a Course
UCAS Subject Guides
UCAS Search Tool
Prospects Guide to Choosing
Open Days and UCAS Fairs
Whilst doing online research is great, actually visiting different universities gives you an insight into what it would really be like to study there. University staff and students will be on hand to tell you all about their institution and support you in deciding if it is the right place for you.
Click here for useful open day tips
Click here for a list of open days
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 many universities are now delivering virtual open days. These days will provide you with an insight into campus life, facilities available, local community an you will also be able to chat to staff and students online.
To access a list of universities offering virtual open days and the dates of their events please click here.
Choosing a University
Did you know there are 140 universities in the UK?
Some student know exactly where they want to study, some haven't even thought about it and both are fine.
Want to move away from home? Stay at home? Did you know there are 14 universities just a 30 minute journey from Coventry? These are all things you should think about before choosing the university for you.
Check out the top 5 tips from UCAS here
See which universities do virtual tours
All applications are done through UCAS Apply. You don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime. Some courses have different deadlines, and many are a long time in advance of the start of the course so it's important to know when your course deadline is. Click on some of the helpful resources below to learn all you need to know about applying:
ThinkHigher's Guide to Applying
The Application Process
UCAS Application Guide
A personal statement supports your application to study at a university or college. It’s a chance for you to articulate why you’d like to study a particular course or subject, and what skills and experience you possess that show your passion for your chosen field.